Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Up Close: Behind the Door

Cooler Master Silencio 452 Review

Up Close:  Behind the Door

Yeah we know we normally call this something like "front roof and rear", but there's so much going on behind this door that it's earned it's very own section.  What an honour, what an honour indeed.  Things might not start off spectacularly, but you do get a pair of 5.25" bays, unlike the 352 which has only the one.  the door is hinged on the left hand side and cannot be swapped over, on the plus side although it is just plastic as opposed to metal it is formed with an internal thickness to add depth and a feeling of solidity.  The door is also lined with a foam to aid noise attenuation.  The foam is fairly lightweight compared to the bitumen sheeting we have seen in some cases but should be up to the job, and as an added bonus, it doesn't stink.

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Both of the 5.25" bays have easily removable vented and filtered covers, but as we have remarked so many times before, there's a definite waste of space in the blank area above the 5.25" bays which could have easily been used to incorporate a fan controller or for the sake of a few additional millimetres, a third bay.

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The door opens as a single piece to reveal not only the 5.25" bays, but also the lower front intake area.  the front grill and filter are removed with ease by means of a simple release clip at the top allowing us to get a view of the single 120mm fan behind.  There's more than a bit of space to play with here and our juices are already flowing with thoughts of how big a radiator we can fit in here,

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The fan filter is a robust structure of honeycomb plastic mesh with an integral fine mesh overlay.  As it's easily removed there should be no excuses for dust clogged interiors.  The case comes with a single 120mm fan, with space for an additional 120 or a pair of 140s.  Of course if your intention is to put a rad in here the all important screw spacing is going to be of utmost importance to you, and guess what, you can get not only a 240mm AIO in her but also a fully fledged 240mm rad.  We'll come on to Thicknesses etc. when we get to the build section, but for now simply rejoice that we have a silent case with water support in the front. 

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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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