Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Case Review
Up Close: Interior Overview and drive bays
At 588mm deep Silence 2 is some 56mm deeper than the DS1. This might not sound like much but crucially it does mean you can shoe horn in the large E-ATX form factor motherboard. However being 13mm slimmer the case is no longer able to accept the 185mm coolers of the original case. All is not lost though as you can still slip in coolers up to 165mm in height, which should be plenty of room for all but the largest on the market. More cable routing holes than you can shake a rubbery stick at should give the owner a good chance of making a decent fist of their cable management, and with the E-ATX form factor in mind Nanoxia have added in a second vertical row. Heck there's even a rubber grommet covering the 12 pin CPU power cable hole and a separate small hole to bring your front panel, USB and audio connections through. "Nanoxia, with these grommets you are spoiling us"
As tends to be the norm these days the 5.25" drive bays are of the tool-less type. The catches are sturdy if perhaps a little stiff. When inserting devices into this area it's going to be necessary to either lift up or re route the front I/O cables as they pass directly through it. What is nice to see, as it shows almost pathological attention to detail is that all the cables within the Deep Silence 2 are either black or braided in black. Why pathological attention to detail? Well there's no window so it's not like they're going to be seen is it!
The Internal bays are in the form of a single 7 bay rack, with each having a metal tray capable of mounting either a 3.5" or 2.5" drive. An extra set of holes enable 3.5" drives to be mounted back to front giving quick access to the cabling. Unlike the Deep Silence 1 the rack is fixed in place by means of rivets so gone is the flexibility of drive bay configuration.
One benefit of the fixed drive bay rack is the means, via an included bracket to add either a 120 or 240 radiator to the inside of the case. The bracket has sufficient depth to allow fans to be mounted on it's reverse side as well as attached to the radiator itself bringing you push pull happiness. With 65mm of room before the inner edge of the distal routing hole and 95mm to it's outer edge it may also be feasible to mount rads up to 60mm in depth in push pull without totally eclipsing the cable routing holes. You're going to have to plan carefully though and give special consideration to your SATA cables depending on how and where they exit your motherboard. Another consideration is the effect that mounting thick rads and twin fans will have on the available GPU length. Still with 345mm to the closest point of the bracket and 370mm in total with the bracket removed there should be room aplenty for a slim rad in push pull and a monster GPU.