Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Case Review
Lets remind ourselves what we have here shall we? A good sized interior with plenty of cable management holes. A little tight around the back perhaps and a fair smattering of cable tie points. It's a bit iffy but things should be ok, but wouldn't it be nice if Nanoxia (and others) put the screws in separate bags instead of just one big one. Anyone for a lucky dip trying to find the Mobo screws in this lot?
PSU going in first, no problems getting the supplied thumb bolts to locate, even with the foam antivibration gasket at the rear. We've chosen to use grommeted holes closest to the rear of the PSU, but if yours is a little longer and occludes this hole you have the option of using the other hole.
With all the cables pushed through to the rear of the mobo (aside from the fan leads which will be sorted later) we can see that the PSU area remains tidy. If you're planning on putting a fan in the floor here bear in mind your PSU length will impact on this mounting point. Round the back we find the challenge of taming medusa's hair. We're more than a little concerned that this lot is going to need a bit more than a lathering of Loreal to be worth it.
Although it is tight there's enough room around the edges of the case to route a few of the cables and enough small and large holes in the rear to route cables so as to emerge as close as is possible to their destinations. The worries we had about feeding the 12 pin CPU power cable through from the rear proved to be unfounded with the cable going through with a great deal more ease than it does on a lot of cases.
With the Motherboard in it's now time to route through to the front. The images below show the tight space between the motherboard and the top of the PSU. As it turns out the gap is just perfect for USB and others to slip through meaning that things can be kept nice and tidy. We've already discussed how Nanoxia's attention to detail has lead them to braid or colour all their cables black in a case with no windows. Shame then that the last 2 inches of the black cables are missing the outer sheath and so expose their coloured inner cores. But like we said, there's no window so it don't really matter does it, unless you're like us of course and the mere thought of exposed coloured cable will leave you rocking and dribbling in your chair.
Before and after CPU cooler installation gives a bit of an idea of how much room there is to work in this area. With a lot of AIO coolers having 30cm of tubing we think it's feasible to fit one in here, but you will need to be aware of the distance to the rad location.
At 160mm in height the Havik 120 fits into the Deep Silence 2 with room to spare. Although it might seem that Nanoxia's max CPU cooler height of 165mm might seem a little conservative we do need to remember that the sound dampening padding on the door will intrude some 5mm into the case interior. Best stick with the manufacturers recommendations we think chaps.
Although we were a smidge concerned that we would struggle to get the cables routed and the rear of the case back on we needn't have been. The selection and spacing of the management holes and cable tie points made for what we felt was a tidy build. In the end to achieve the result below we used only 4 of the supplied cable ties.