Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Up Close: Exterior Overview

Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Up Close:  Exterior Overview

Like the other cases in the Silencio series, the 452 Eschews all the bold lines and massive vents of the HAF cases.  Instead we're treated to a feast of minimalist simplicity.  There are no windows, no visable fan grills, and as a ceetain Mr Henry Ford once famously said, you can have any colour you like as long as it's Black. 

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Aside from the left hand hinge of the door creating a deliberate asymmetry of the front panel to allow space for the power and reset buttons the exterior of the case is largely uniform.

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Apart form this gap created by the asymmetrical panel, the only other method of air entry to the case front is via the slanted slits on either side of the front projection, the right hand side of which harbours the power, reset and associated LED. 

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The case front might look like a steel or Aluminum, or to give it its proper name Aluminium.  It is however simply plastic or as our friends over the pond call it polymer.  What we can be agreed on though is it being adorned by a pair of audio in and outs, 2xUSB3.0, 1xUSB2.0 and a Class 10 SD card reader to make it easier to copy off all that media we have a habit of collecting when out and about.

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01-04-2014, 06:36:45

tinytomlogan
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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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