Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Case Review
Up Close: Exterior overview and front
The Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 is available in Black, Anthracite, Silver, and of course (which will keep a certain person happy) White. The sample we have for review today is presented in Anthracite. With simple clean lines there is little to offend the eye in what has become something of a de-rigueur style for silent cases. The chassis is 0.7mm steel panelling. The front of the case is plastic finished with brushed effect panels corresponding with the colour of the case. There are slotted intake vents towards the lower section of the front of the case as well as fan vents in the roof and left side panel. by default these are blocked off with sound absorbing material.
Opening the magnetically closing sound insulated top door of the DS2 reveals the 5.25" bay area. As with the DS1 there are 3x5.25” bays, however with the fan controller now a slim line affair as opposed to occupying what was essentially a 4th 5,25” bay Nanoxia have managed to shave some 50mm of the overall height of the case. The meshed bay covers are removed by way of catches to the right side, and are easily re-inserted. The fan controller has two independently controlled channels with each able to handle 18W offering native support by means of clearly labelled connections for up to six fans. Each channel enables high or low speed operation.
Unlike the DS1 the lower section of the front panel cannot be opened as a door. To access the front 2x120mm fans you're going to have to pull off the whole front of the case. Handily this is easily accomplished with no feeling that it'll only take a few pulls before the plastic pegs snap off. The included 2x120mm fans in their distinctive Nanoxia acid Green are attached by screws to the fan filter which is in turn screwed to the case front making it quite a long drawn out affair to both get at and clean the fan filter. In doing away with the lower door and quick release fans of the DS1 we're guessing that this is one of the areas where Nanoxia have managed to make some cost savings. Savings which have then been passed onto you the consumer in the form of a cheaper retail price on the case.
The case front remains tethered to the main body of the case by the cables pertaining to the front I/O and the fan controller. fortunately there is enough slack in the cable to enable the front to be moved far enough away to allow access
Both sides of the case are internally covered in sound absorbing material, with the left hand panel having a removable panel should you wish to install a fan in this location. Even the removable panels are given the sound absorption treatment.