High-End Gaming Meets Silence
Targeting the living rooms of high-end gamers, the Maven Pure Custom we received from Steiger Dynamics produced a scant 8.8 decibels at three meters and full 3D load. That’s about as loud as your own heartbeat. Most people would need to be inside a noise chamber to hear it. I'm sure the silence snobs will still snub the machine for producing some noise. Any noise. I say let them go back to the Via C3 platforms they were lauding back in 2001.
Performance enthusiasts know the score. If you can’t hear it, the noise doesn’t matter. I personally fought the purists reading Tom's Hardware with the argument of near-silence back when I was just a reader. And now that I’m doing the reviews, I’m very happy to see that a major builder has picked up the gauntlet. At least now Steiger has an editor on its side.
I’d love to give this machine our ultimate Tom's Hardware Elite award, as its craftsmanship and performance-to-noise is unsurpassed by anything we’ve tested. The only problem is that I’d need to compare it to something in the same class for a more definitive conclusion.
Similarly, I think it deserves a Tom's Hardware Smart Buy award for being only a couple hundred dollars costlier than a home-built machine using similar components and software. However, I’d need a similar machine from another vendor to prove that this one is a better value.
And so the Maven Pure gets our Approved recognition, recognizing its quality and value. For those of you who love the concept but disagree with the award, Steiger Dynamics even gives you the blueprint. That must be worth something to the most die-hard do-it-yourselfers, right?