Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Introduction

Over the last year or so we've looked at a good few of Cooler Master's low noise Silencio range.  So having reviewed the 650 and the 650 Pure, along with the M-ATX 352 we figured it was about time we added to the set by casting our critical eye over the 452.  On the face of I,t as you might expect from cases in the same line the 452 differs little visually from the others, The devil they say though is in the detail, and things have moved on apace from the days of the 650, with customers expecting so much more functionality and versatility as standard the sands of acceptability are forever shifting beneath the manufacturers feet  So how do we think the 452 will stand up?  Well the spec sheet looks pretty promising, the enclosure measures 190 x 449 x 497mm (WxHxD),so is low but a little deeper than its height, It's lower in fact than some M-ATX tower cases, smaller in all regards than the 330R and only a smidge bigger than the Fractal R2 mini.  It can take Coolers up to 158mm in height, and GPUs up to 15.2" long.  Up to 6 HDDs and 2 SSDs, Oh and did we mention native water cooling support for 240mm AIOs and conventional radiators?  Best we have a look at the detail then.

 

Technical Specification

 Model SIL-452-KKN1
 Available Color Midnight Black
 Materials Polymer, Steel
 Dimensions (W x H x D) 190 x 449 x 497mm / 7.5 x 17.7 x 19.6 inch
 Net Weight 6.14 kg / 13.5 lbs
 M/B Type ATX, microATX
 5.25" Drive Bays 2 (exposed)
 3.5" Drive Bays 6 (hidden)
 2.5" Drive Bays 2 (hidden)
 I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, SD card reader (Class 10) x 1, Audio x 1, Mic x 1
 Expansion Slots 7
 Air Cooling System Front:120/140mm fan x 2 (one 120mm fan installed, 800 RPM, 15 dBA)
 Rear: 120mm fan x 1 (installed, 800 RPM, 15 dBA) or 80/90mm fan x 1 (optional)
 Liquid Cooling System Front: 240mm radiator x 1 (optional)
 Rear: 120mm radiator x 1 (optional)
 Power Supply Type Standard ATX PS2
 Maximum Compatibility VGA card length:
 282mm / 11.1 inch (with HDD cage);
 386mm / 15.2 inch (without HDD cage)
 CPU cooler height: 158mm / 6.2 inch

 

Features

  • The matte front door and side panels are equipped with noise absorbing materials for extreme silence
  • Two pre-installed 120mm fans in the front and rear for optimized airflow
  • Liquid cooling ready for professionals and enthusiasts - supports 240mm radiators in the front or 120mm radiators in the rear
  • Dual Super Speed USB 3.0 & SD card reader
  • Supports CPU coolers up to 158mm / 6.2 inch tall and high-end graphics cards up to 386mm /15.2 inch long
  • Great expandability with the support of up to 6 HDDs and 2 SSDs
  • Multiple dust filters (front, bottom) for improved system maintenance

 

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Most Recent Comments

01-04-2014, 06:36:45

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...151837984l.jpg

You could think of the Silencio range as the Ying to the Yang of Cooler Masters HAF series. Here we take a look at the 452


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02-04-2014, 04:33:27

Conchubair
Not really much to say about this review.. Although how do CM think its acceptable to not have replacaPCI covers?

02-04-2014, 04:39:02

cooperman
The fractal design define r4 is the same price as this case (in fact ive seen it cheaper) i see no reason why you'd go for this case over the R4 tbh.

03-04-2014, 06:31:34

Lystfiskern
Thanks for the review Tom.
I agree on most of your concerns about this case.
Thumbscrewed PCIe-brackets...pop-outs cheapens the case quite a bit imo.
Another few mill for cable management and a cut out for the 8-pin.
When it comes to rad support up front....meeh..not for me. Unless there are other measurements in place to have a fully functional and filtered reversed airflow through the case, Id rather just go with air cooling.

The only point I miss in this review is tests to show how good of a job this case does at silencing.
I think any review of a silence optimized case should include some figures to highlight and prove this apparent feature.

Cheers

03-04-2014, 12:24:19

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lystfiskern View Post
Thanks for the review Tom.
I agree on most of your concerns about this case.
Thumbscrewed PCIe-brackets...pop-outs cheapens the case quite a bit imo.
Another few mill for cable management and a cut out for the 8-pin.
When it comes to rad support up front....meeh..not for me. Unless there are other measurements in place to have a fully functional and filtered reversed airflow through the case, Id rather just go with air cooling.

The only point I miss in this review is tests to show how good of a job this case does at silencing.
I think any review of a silence optimized case should include some figures to highlight and prove this apparent feature.

Cheers

Gary did this matey - says at the top of the review.......

03-04-2014, 17:45:37

Lystfiskern
Oops..My bad

03-04-2014, 20:10:36

Wraithguard
At first I was Oooh hello looks a sweet sleek little number, then let down by poor cable management (only 9mm) and come on CM no 8 pin cut out? Even at this price it should have all the basics, but all that said it has promise.
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