What’s even cooler than rocking a powerful Sandy Bridge-E rig supplemented with discrete graphics? Rocking a powerful Sandy Bridge-E rig that’s supplemented by discrete graphics and runs completely silent thanks to gargantuan passive coolers. Sound crazy? It is, but the PC builders at Germany’s SilentMaxx are offering just that in silent system built around the company’s crazy TwinBlock passive cooler, which chills out 100W TDP CPUs with the help of ten copper heatpipes and two utterly massive heat sinks.
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The base version of the Fanless I-850 Gamer PC costs the equivalent of $1,569 and includes a 3.6 GHz Core i7-3820, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Gigabyte X79-UD3 mobo, a passively cooled Radeon HD 7770, and a hard drive silencer that doubles as a heatsink. Thinking that graphics card is a bit weaksauce for a Sandy Bridge-E build? You’re right, but fear not: SilentMaxx offers a ton of customization options, maxing out with passively cooled GTX 580, GTX 670 or Radeon 7970 offerings, 32GB of RAM, a pair of 512GB SSDs and a 3.3GHz Core i7-3960X. Be warned: the cost doesn’t include shipping, which could be a hefty bill if you’re bringing it over to the U.S.
That seems like a lot of firepower with a lot of heat generation, but SilentMaxx claims the aforementioned monster TwinBlock cooler, passive GPU cooling and custom-designed ventilation-friendly tower should keep things quiet and cool enough. The company even puts its money where its mouth is with a 24 month, no-questions-asked warranty.
Props to Olivier at Fanless Tech for bringing our attention to this passively cooled powerhouse.