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Boutique builder Puget Systems put its penchant for building whisper quiet PCs to the test by attempting to silence its Genesis II workstation featuring a pair of Intel Xeon E5 processors. No small task considering the system's waving around some high-end hardware, though Puget claims it was successful in piecing together what it considers the "most powerful quiet PC" it's ever built.
Pricing starts at a little under $2,500 for a system that includes two Xeon E5-2603 processors, 16GB of DDR3-1600 ECC RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 610 graphics card, 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue hard drive, 24X DVD burner, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. It's cooled by quiet versions of Geild's Tranquillo coolers. Higher end components are available, if your budget allows.
Puget also upgraded the cooling scheme on their standard Genesis II from a closed loop liquid cooler with a 120mm radiator per CPU to now using a pair of 140mm radiators per CPU. To give an idea of well it cools, Puget says temps maxed out at just 45C when testing a configuration consisting of two 135W Xeon CPUs, 128GB memory, multiple hard drives, and a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.
"The all new Genesis II Quiet Edition is the result of iterative testing of dozens of component combinations and configurations, making heavy use of thermal imaging to ensure the workstation is extremely well cooled, and quiet," Puget says.
The Genesis II Quiet Edition is available to configure and order now.