So Nanoxia have been around for a few years, most of us will know them for sexy green fans! They have their sights set high with their new range of cases and are looking to take a chunk of Fractals market share away from them. Being a German company our hopes on quality are very high, so lets take a look at the specifications before swiftly moving on to the video review.
|Case Type||Midi Tower|
|Form Factor||ATX, XL-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|5.25 inch drive bay external||3 x|
|3.5 inch drive bay external||1 x (optional)|
|2.5/3.5 inch drive bay internal||8 x|
|Case Fan (Front)||2 x 120 mm|
|Case Fan (Rear)||1 x 140 mm|
|Case Fan (Top)||optional 2 x (120/140 mm)|
|Case Fan (Bottom)||optional 1 x (120/140 mm)|
|Case Fan (Left Sidepanel)||optional 1 x (120/140 mm)|
|Height (Approx.)||517 mm|
|Width (Approx.)||220 mm|
|Depth (Approx.)||532 mm|
|Weight (Approx.)||11.34 kg|
|Maximum installation height of CPU coolers||185 mm|
|Maximum VGA Card Length||315 (445) mm|
So at first we said we would wait until the white version was released before we would take a look at this, we honestly wish we had got one earlier. It's that awesome. Now don't go getting us wrong here, our spidey senses are tingling because of this case's ace card.... Watercooling. Thing is we should recap a little about the basic features before diving head first into these.
So many many of you at first glance would have thought "Fractal" well don't worry I did too, still am tbh. Id put money on them being manufactured in the same factory to be honest. The Fractal resemblance will never be a bad thing, its simple and sleek. No harsh lines or disco lights on this one, oh no far more grown up.
Silent by name, silent by nature. There's bitumen (same as Fractals) in the side panel and also under the pop up airflow port/chimney on the roof. The front fans are dust filtered and easily removed/changed/cleaned, talking of fans there is also a pair of fan controllers on the front to give you the option of easily customising your fan speeds on the fly.
There's ample room behind the motherboard tray for cables, decent cable routing options both round the back and in the main part of the case too. The hard drive bays can be split into 3 parts and removed / installed how ever you see fit including a second mounting point in front of the PSU which also allows 3.5" drives to be run while you have a radiator fitted into the front.So with watercooling mentioned we move on to cover this, for such a small case it does pack quite a punch when it comes to H20. You can remove the hard drive bays and get a radiator in the front but without having to sacrifice storage space, these can simply be relocated further back. The rad mount in the roof is offset so that it sits further away from the motherboard than normal, you still need to go careful with memory choices (35mm tall max) but this does mean you can get a 60mm thick rad in the roof and a set of fans without it effecting the rest of your hardware OR a bay res/pump combo should you want to run one to save room.
The only negative points we personally have picked up on are with such great water cooling support even an optional extra of a window is an oversight. Secondly the white plastic is textured satin white and the main case is gloss white, we know its picky but the two together doesn't work for us.
We'll be honest without that roof radiator support this would have been a shiny silver award. Once you factor in the H20 options it just tips the scale towards the enthusiast that little bit more and means we are happy to award the Nanoxia Deep Silence case the OC3D Gold Award. Add in a window to this case and it would become hard to find a way how you could not choose this over the R4..... So get to it Nanoxia!
Thanks to Quiet PC for sending us the case in for review, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.