Cooler Master Silencio Review

Silencio 550

  Cooler Master Silencio Review


Introduction

The midtower cases that have plenty of hard drive bays and aim to be silent are plentiful at this moment in time. Not all of them are actually any good though! It's always nice to see another manufacturer bringing a new chassis to the table and this time it's the turn of Cooler Master with the Silencio 550. Photos of the Silencio have been floating around the tinterweb for some time now and we have even had our sample for a little while but today is its official release.

So the Silencio 550 is aimed at a very tough segment of the market, but comes in slightly cheaper than its competitors at around £67. Let's move on to the video review and see how well it fares when given the OC3D chassis review treatment.

 

Video Review

Conclusion

So Cooler Master have a new chassis, it really doesn't seem very new to us here as the case has been with us for weeks now, thanks to this extra time we had before the NDA release it has given many of us in the OC3D office a chance to have a play and pass our own judgement. We were all in agreement that its nice to see a manufacturer trying to fight its way in to this arena with a cheaper chassis that does not have a cheap feeling build quality. To be frank if it did come out feeling cheap then it would be one of the few, if not the first, Cooler Master chassis I've ever used that did.

It may not feel cheap but we did feel it was lacking a few features. Considering there is no roof fan we think that there should be some more sound deadening material in the roof to help with the silence that little bit more. Another thing we felt was an over sight was the hard drive dock in the front had no cover at all. Admittedly the door will keep this hidden but we think a basic cover would have been nice for when the dock is not in use or even to hide the drive inside. The cable routing holes were also limited around the actual motherboard tray but this by no means meant the case was untidy, and due to the size of the cut outs we can understand why they have not used any grommets although we cant help but miss them.

The sound deadening material on the doors does its job very well and has a thick quality feel to it. The thickness however creates its own problems in that large heat sinks may touch the side panel and hinder fitment. The rear door takes this on another step though, and by that I mean that the foam actually makes it difficult to fit the side panel once you have your PSU cables run up the back of the motherboard tray. Once you take into account the foam there is little or no room at the back and can make fitting the side panel difficult even for people like us who build these things allot! Imagine those comedy moments of people trying to get their suitcase closed before going on holiday..... That's what getting the back door on this can be like!

The removable hard drive rack deserves a tip of the cap as it allows up to 400mm of room to slide even the most enormous graphics card into and this is a feature neither the H2 or the R3 had. So if you are looking for a chassis like this for a gaming rig this could be the deal clencher. Add to this the option of 2x 1200mm fans or a single 140mm fan in the front and you should even be able to keep your enormous GPU cool and quiet as well.

We would suggest that this chassis is for ATX or smaller boards though, anything with any extra real estate really wont fit in this and would be a complete pain to try and get round as well.

So to wrap up it's a sleek stealthy looking case with the option of 7 hard drives, large GPU's and all this with a near silent operation as long as you don't plan on fitting it with super hot GPU's and having your CPU running with an enormous overclock! If the case is indeed released at £67 it will be very well placed in the market as well. Although we don't think that this is the best looking of chassis we can see many people will warm to the subtle stealthy looks. Lets face it some of us play games and don't just stare at our rigs for hours on end..... I think?

Taking all these factors (thats fakTORRRRS if you are American <3 the Lemon) in to account we are happy to award the Cooler Master Silencio 550 the OC3D Silver award.

    

Thank you to Cooler Master for the Silencio 550, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.

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Most Recent Comments

22-05-2011, 18:58:55

tinytomlogan
We take a look at Cooler Masters latest chassis the Silencio 550. The case has some very similar aspects to other cases so how does it fare in the OC3D labs?



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22-05-2011, 19:24:02

SieB
This case reminds me of the Cooler Master 330 Elite I used to have and looking at the the top and the sides of the case they look exactly the same (minus the side fan intakes on the 330 elite), I think it could actually be based on the same case and they have just upgraded it.

It's not a bad case but it is around the same price as a CM 690 II ADV and for a few quid extra you can get a Fractal R3. Personally i would go with either the R3 or 690 II because you get better features and imo they are better looking. The Silencio 550 is still worth the money though and with Cooler master you always know that the case is going to be solid and made well.

22-05-2011, 19:47:16

jonowee
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post

It's not a bad case but it is around the same price as a CM 690 II ADV and for a few quid extra you can get a Fractal R3. Personally i would go with either the R3 or 690 II because you get better features and imo they are better looking.
My feelings exactly; but I would go so far as to drop it down to Bronze or even no award, because I can't help feel that they raided the Coolermaster parts bin and tacked it onto the newer Elite or original 690.

Edit: Oh, HIS 6990 with Eyefinity fun.

22-05-2011, 20:19:35

dugdiamond
my observations:

it looks like the side panels are exactly the same form factor as my CM storm scout. so, if i wanted to make my SS more silent i could buy one of these just for the anti-noise panels, to replace my windowed panel and the rear one.

that front HHD dock will let dust into the system, as fluids (air) will always find the easiest route for flow. bad oversight there!

also, if a SD card was inserted - how much overhang (jutting out) would there be?

nice SSD tray - i want a few of them - nice to know they now make them i must now go and shop for them

nice case

23-05-2011, 06:01:14

integratable
It's a very solid, nice case, but yeah, R3 is a better buy.

23-05-2011, 07:21:51

sheroo
I quite like that, I think they've gone for maximum silence. Should have had noise dampening material in the top though and the foam on the back panel could have been thinner.

Does that front doc support 2.5" drives? If not it should.

Was it just me, or did that video appear to be quite dark? With it being so plain and black I found it hard to see any of the interior details?

23-05-2011, 10:34:18

nothingspecial
Quick thoughts:

- New hard drive mounts look nicer than the older CM (690, HAF series) ones

- USB3 and SD slot are great additions

- Space for 2x120 fans in the front, not just one in two positions like the 690II

- Take those three things from this and add them to the 690II, and it would be near perfect.

Geeky comment:

- Eggbox acoustic foam increases the surface area, therefore increasing sound absorbtion

Questions for TTL:

- Which Muskin? The Ridgeback?

- Can you flip the door hinge?

23-05-2011, 11:58:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by nothingspecial View Post

Quick thoughts:

- New hard drive mounts look nicer than the older CM (690, HAF series) ones

- USB3 and SD slot are great additions

- Space for 2x120 fans in the front, not just one in two positions like the 690II

- Take those three things from this and add them to the 690II, and it would be near perfect.

Geeky comment:

- Eggbox acoustic foam increases the surface area, therefore increasing sound absorbtion

Questions for TTL:

- Which Muskin? The Ridgeback?

- Can you flip the door hinge?
1 yep

2 nope

23-05-2011, 13:23:28

murphy7801
Hmm if you like silent rigs I'm thrilled with my fractal design xl. Not many cases like it in my mind.

23-05-2011, 13:33:32

piotrekhc
Good looking case,I think one of them put it together and forget

23-05-2011, 16:04:45

nothingspecial
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

1 yep

2 nope
Top stuff. Cheers Tom.

Due to the door hinge, the 690II (in white) stays on the shopping list.

Helpful to know the Mushkin fits under the D14 with a bit of fiddling.

23-05-2011, 16:14:12

marsey99
classy grown up case for those of us that want a pc in the living room and dont want a transformer looking box on the desk.

the roll on the end of the mobo tray is something i think coolermaster need to look at, as it always makes routing cables a little harder in their case than it needs to be.

24-05-2011, 05:49:59

Pigbristle
Quote:
Originally Posted by integratable View Post

but yeah, R3 is a better buy.
I want a case that doesn't have vents on the side or on top of the case (for looks as well as less noise).

I would also like a case that has a front hot-swappable HDD bay, so I can use my old HDD as backup.

Plus USB3 on front is a must..........

Please explain to me why the R3 would be a better buy?

24-05-2011, 05:59:10

Grizzly
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigbristle View Post

I want a case that doesn't have vents on the side or on top of the case (for looks as well as less noise).

I would also like a case that has a front hot-swappable HDD bay, so I can use my old HDD as backup.

Plus USB3 on front is a must..........

Please explain to me why the R3 would be a better buy?
If that's what you want out of a case then it can't be argued this case is for you.

Generally though the R3 would be recommended first, followed by this I assume.

24-05-2011, 06:21:54

Pigbristle
Can I just say something that has been bugging me for a while now.

If a case doesn't have a window on the side, there's a good chance that a lot of owners are not going to hide all there cables behind the motherboard, so lets not judge to quickly if all cables don't fit behind the motherboard.

Tom is a experienced builder who tends to have the latest hardware installed in his builds & likes to show them off,...we are not all Tom.

I also think people also over estimate how much more "air-flow & lower temp" you get by hiding all of your cables, but do we actually know? I think its time we found out..

Maybe Tom would like to do comparison test of a "tidy system" & say one that has only 50% of the cables hidden?

Not seen any web site who has done this yet, & my guess is there wouldn't be a noticeable difference (but I could be wrong ;o)

24-05-2011, 06:34:24

Pigbristle
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grizzly View Post

If that's what you want out of a case then it can't be argued this case is for you.

Generally though the R3 would be recommended first, followed by this I assume.
All I'm getting at is that everybody's needs differ, so why all the comparisons with the R3?

This is a good case for the price, as is the R3.

So lets all be happy we have another good case on the market, which we can decide to choose, if we wish ;o)

24-05-2011, 06:41:03

sheroo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigbristle View Post

All I'm getting at is that everybody's needs differ, so why all the comparisons with the R3?

This is a good case for the price, as is the R3.

So lets all be happy we have another good case on the market, which we can decide to choose, if we wish ;o)
I suppose its that the H2, R3 & Silencio are all vying for the "silencing crown". It would be interesting to compare the sound levels for a given system. But that's hard to do unless you've got the right gear.

15-01-2012, 08:02:34

crankdll
Hi @ll,

I saw the review and bought one.

Now I wonder if I should buy Scythe Yasya or Scythe Rasetsu?

(especially because I read it is recommended to get a cooler smaller than 156mm)

Could you please help me out.

Thanks in advance

crankdll

15-01-2012, 11:33:32

Grizzly
Quote:
Originally Posted by crankdll View Post

Hi @ll,

I saw the review and bought one.

Now I wonder if I should buy Scythe Yasya or Scythe Rasetsu?

(especially because I read it is recommended to get a cooler smaller than 156mm)

Could you please help me out.

Thanks in advance

crankdll
The Yasya would be better suited as there are no vents on the side panel for the Rasetsu to bring in air from.

15-01-2012, 11:55:59

crankdll
ok, thanks.

so since I have an AMD-CPU, the Yasya would blow up..

hm I guess I shouldnt choose any of them

10-02-2012, 08:14:24

dudaak
It's said in the specifications that if the cpu cooler exceeds 154mm height it will cause damage to the side panel and the cpu cooler

does the noctua nhd14 work without problem?
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