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INSIDE THE PUGET SERENITY PRO
The build quality of this system is similar to previous Serenity samples, with
AcoustiPack acoustic damping lining the inside of the top and side panels as
well as behind the front door, and neat cable management throughout. The overall
excution shows evidence of thoughtful care in system cooling and quieting. In
case there is any doubt, this is a heavy system in a solid case: It tips the
scale at 43 lbs.
A custom-fitted foam bag keeps the CPU heatsink and any add-in cards
secure during transit. It is the same shock protection system used in
all previous Puget systems, and it must be removed before using the computer.
There are clear, detailed "Before powering up" instructions
in the 3-ring binder supplied with the system.
The interior is a model of clean assembly. Sycthe Slipstream 120mm fans
are used through, even on the now-familar Gelid Tranquillo CPU heatsink
favored by Puget for its ability to withstand transit without any slip
or movement. The 16GB of RAM is in two 8GB sticks, for dual channel support,
and leaves two more RAM slots free (though it's hard to imagine the need
for more RAM in a desktop PC).
In the lower chamber, the Seasonc X-560 power supply is mounted conventionally,
fan side down. In the fron HDD cage are an Intel SSD and a 2TB WD Green,
mounted vertically with damping rubber blocks. The front of the PSU chamber
does not have an intake fan, which is probably perfectly OK as both the
drives and the PSU run extremely cool.
The ASUS GTX670 graphics card is given extra support by a simple and effective
clear acrylic brace. This helps the PCIe socket and motherboard to bear
the weight of the heavy card and cooler, which can often be seen sagging
on the inside end. Over the long term, the extra support should help avoid
any malfunctions due to physical stress of the VGA card or motherboard.
The cut and fit of the Acoustipak foam, the best of all the PC case damping
foam SPCR has examined, is meticulous as usual in all the Puget systems
examined thus far.
This angle shows the front intake fan for the main chamber of the case.
It is fitted securely into acrylic cutouts on the inside of of the HDD
cage so that it angles upwards a bit. Puget found that this provides better
cooling airflow for both the CPU and the graphics card. Note the foam
blocks that fill the unused space in the optical drive cage; airflow and
acoustic flow paths are both tightly controlled in this system.
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