Nanoxia DS6 Deep Silence 6 Review
Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof
The Pictures below don't really begin to portray the sheer size of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 6. Standing 644mm tall, with a width of 250mm and a depth of 655mm, the clean cut lines the DS6 lend it an imposing monolithic presence on your desk top. That is of course provided your desk top can support the 20.8Kg mass of the case, and that's before you've even built a system into it. So assuming you've got the space and have erected some scaffolding under your desk you might be interested to know the options available to you. The sample we have for review is the white non windowed version, but if that doesn't float your boat it's also available in Black and Anthracite, with each having a windowed option. You might also be pleased to know that as with other Nanoxia cases we've looked at, the paint finish is just as good King Wenceslas would have liked it, Deep and crisp and even.
The surfaces of the DS6 are so devoid of features that the DSLR we use to take the review pictures actually had trouble locking on with its auto focus. Aside from a few strakes down the front edges which act as air intakes, there really is very like else to report. Only a barely detectable shut line in the left hand panel hints towards the option of having side fans mounted with its removal.
The front of the case is also similarly devoid of any external features, save for the recognition that there's an upper and lower door section, the detail behind which we will look at on the next page.
At first view the roof would also appear to be a barren and desolate plane. Lest the overview become a diatribe of "Move along now, nothing to see here", thankfully for this reviewer there is actually quite a lot going on here. Nanoxia have seen fit to re introduce the Air Chimney present on the DS1 but sadly absent on the cut price DS2. Not only that, but the sliding switch on the upper edge of the case side panel that lifts the air chimney also turns on the pair of 140mm Nanoxia fans which nestle underneath and are otherwise dormant. The pop up Front I/O panel also sees a welcome return, with no less than4xUSB3.0s and a brace of USB2.0s. There's also the usual couplet of audio jack sockets here, with the power button itself living off the pop-up panel towards the front edge of the case. Sadly all is not as good as it could be up here, the slider switch which elevates the two roof panels and tuns on the fans is ridiculously stiff, and when retracting the panels back in hey don't sit quite right leaving ugly shut lines. The problems don't end there though, the pop-up front I/o panel only just about pops up enough to access the USBs, requiring a bit of assistance from a strategically placed fingernail to coax it up enough to inset a USB device, and as for the front audio connections, well owing to a jack plug having a plastic collar on it, there's no way on Bobs green earth that you're going to get one to insert all the way. Don't believe us? take a look at he images on Nanoxia's own website and you'll see that the case they've used for PR also has a fairly recessed pop up I/O panel. We'd also perhaps question whether the sort of user who's going to insert devices into 6 front panel USB sockets at once is by definition the sort of person who'd be that bothered about having a "stealth" panel.