Quiet PC Streacom FC5-Z68 Fanless Media PC review

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The more spacious chassis gives further flexibility, too. The motherboard has two vacant DIMM sockets, and there’s a single PCI Express x16 socket free, although the only way you’ll fit a graphics card in is via a riser, and even then it will have to be a small card. That’s exactly how the TV tuner is installed, which means it stretches over several other motherboard slots. On the rear there’s a similar port selection to the Tranquil, with eSATA, two USB 3 ports and HDMI and DVI outputs, along with additional DisplayPort, D-SUB and USB ports.

It’s also customisable at purchase, with another 8GB of RAM only costing £34. Upgrading the 64GB SSD to 128GB will set you back £67, a 240GB OCZ drive is £192, and a mammoth 512GB Crucial SSD is an extra £513. Swapping out the 2TB Samsung hard disk for a 1TB drive saves £42.

Quiet PC Streacom FC5-Z68 Fanless Media PC

Quiet PC offers a 2.6GHz Pentium G620 processor for £66 cheaper, but we’d advise against it – although it’s relatively new, there’s no Hyper-Threading, and it has a weaker graphics chip than the Core i3 in this system. For longevity, we wouldn’t recommend anything less than a Core i3 these days anyway.

You can also get rid of the TV tuner or remote control, and you might want to look at cutting at least a few components when you see the price. At £1,526, the Quiet PC is almost twice as expensive as the £779 Tranquil. True, it offers Blu-ray, a separate hard disk and a TV tuner, but you can add all of these things to the Tranquil if you need them, either internally or via USB.

Even reducing its specification to the Tranquil’s level gives a £1,121 price, and considering its larger size and lower reliance on clever miniaturisation, that’s far too much. It’s a nice PC, and it has a degree of flexibility, but if you’re after a passively cooled media machine, buy the Tranquil and pocket the extra cash.


Warranty2 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,064GB
RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i3
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Streacom proprietary passive


MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total1
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total1
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 3000
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 3000
DVI-I outputs1
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskCrucial M4 SSD
Hard disk usable capacity58GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F4
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,862
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB


Optical driveSony Optiarc BC-5600S
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisStreacom FC5OD
Case formatSmall form-factor
Dimensions450 x 332 x 71mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply rating150W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Software suppliedArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 5

Noise and power

Idle power consumption42W
Peak power consumption117W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings38fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.76
Responsiveness score0.88
Media score0.78
Multitasking score0.63

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