Cooler Master Silencio 650 Review
Published: 30th August 2012 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: £110.34 |
Up Close Interior: Roof, Rear, Base and Reverse
As with the front door and the side panels, the roof has been sound proofed with the addition of low profile, high density egg box foam. A cut out area to the rear allows us to obtain an alternate view of the roof vent. The vent has mountings for 120mm and 140mm fans but none is provided. There's also has a mesh filter which seems odd as I can only ever think of it being used as an extract (why would we want to stop dust leaving the case?). Turning the corner and making our way down the inside rear of the case we see that Cooler Master have provided a 120mm extract fan. Like the intakes at the front this is a low RPM, low noise fan, designed to get the air out with the minimum of fuss.
Sliding silently down the back of the interior we reach the PCI slots, seven of them in fact, with an additional vertical bracket should you need to find a hone for a device that does not require attaching to the motherboard. The very base of the case will prove a comfortable home for your PSU. With ample anti vibration strips it's able to accommodate the largest PSUs on the market. A vented and filtered air intake below the PSU mount also ensures a plentiful supply of clean air to your hot and hard working PSU. Anterior to the PSU mount there's an additional vented and filtered intake area resplendant with holes for a 120mm fan, should you wish to commit the heinous crime of adding a fan to the floor of your case.
And so to what to make of what many think of as the least interesting part of a case. For us though the rear area is of critical importance. The quality of the cable management and wiring job you're able to do relies so heavily on this area and if you're looking to produce a tidy job round the front you should really be spending more time round the back. There are two numbers that are of importance to us here. The number of cable tie points, and the amount of space available. Unfortunately the Silencio disappoints us slightly on both counts, just 15mm of space means it's going to be tight, and crossing wires over or under the 24 pin ATX will bring us very close to having a bulge in the side panel. Add into that the 3-4mm of sound dampening foam on the inside of the side panel and things start to look really bleak. The cable tie points themselves are actually large, which although on the face of it could be seen as generous and helpful is really unnecessary, and with only 10 of them to work with a tidy cable job is going to be so much harder.
By now you've probably noticed the green PCB sitting towards the bottom left hand corner of the rear of the case. You may also have worked out that this is indeed the PCB that enables the lower HDD drives to also be used as hot swap bays for both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. What you might not have realised is that it's this bit of circuitry that permits two HDDs to be independently selected by the switch on the front I/O, essentially enabling a dual boot system at the flick of a switch. Now all this is grand, it really is, but why in the name of holy circuit boards didn't they make it from a black PCB. Yes I know it won't be seen, and yes I know in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter, but as Elvis once famously said "It sticks out like a Turd in a Punch bowl".