Cooler Master Silencio 650 Review
Published: 30th August 2012 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: £110.34 |
Up Close Exterior: Front, Rear and Sides
With the front door removed (We'll come back to it later) we get a better view of the front bay and ventilation area. Starting at the top Cooler Master have provided two traditional 5.25" bays, with the 3rd given over to a hot swap bay with a flip up door enabling the insertion of both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. Moving down the front we come to the main air intake area. Two 120mm non LED fans (LEDs in this case, I don't think so) are vertically stacked outboard of the internal 3.5" bay area.
The fans themselves are filtered by means of a removable dust filter panel. This can be either brushed or washed at appropriate intervals. The filter panel is shown below removed from the bay area.
The rear of the case is a pretty standard fare, Starting at the top and working our way down we find two grommeted holes for watercooling tubing, the rear I/O area and a mesh covered 120mm fan grill. Further down we find 7 unvented expansion bay slots with an additional vertical slot off to the right for devices that do not require to be attached to the motherboard. At the very base of the case lies the cut out for the PSU.
So before we turn our attention to the interior lets take a look at the base of the case, along with some of the methods Cooler Master have employed to keep sound to a minimum with the Silencio 650. Perhaps the least sexy part of any case, the base does have a critical role to play with regards to performance characteristics. With the Silencio Cooler Master have gone for two very long sturdy linear feet along each edge, their rubber coating giving good stability and vibration dampening. A long channel with a removable air filter provides ample ventilation for any size of PSU and an optional base mounted fan if your're that way inclined. The image on the top right image of those below is vying for the position of "least sexy image" in this review, that said, the two below it are giving it a run for it's money. In fact all three are perhaps the most important images in the review, because taken as a whole they depict the sound dampening foam that Cooler mater have employed to keep down the din of a fully functional PC. The foam is high density of the sort you might find employed in the auto industry, with the addition of egg-boxing on the left side panel door to further enhance the effect. A cut out in the foam has been left to the rear of the CPU area, presumably to aid heat dissipation. Returning to door (didn't think I'd forgotten did you), the two small circles you can see are magnets that hold the door in the closed position. Noticed that they're on both sides? That's because the door is reversible. Clever eh.