Nanoxia DS6 Deep Silence 6 Review
Up Close: Front, Rear and Base
As we alluded to on the previous page, the front of the DS6 is split into two sections, each of which opens independently of the other. In addition to housing 4x5.25" drive bays the upper section is also home to a two channel fan controller. Each of the two channels has its own independent switch and is able to control up to 4 fans up to a maximum 18watts per channel. The 5.25" bay covers are of a contrasting black mesh having foam backings to guard against dust. The are easily and simply removed by means of small latches on the right hand side. The doors themselves although plastic are pretty weighty, the affect of which is aided and abetted by the soundproof foam lining afforded to them.
Being a "Silent" case there's not a lot in the way of apertures. In fact, if it weren't for the slanted slits down the side of the front panel this case would be pretty much hermetically sealed. The slits might not look like they're going to provide a great deal of air, and granted this isn't a High airflow case, but experience has shown that it won't be a problem
The closing mechanism for the doors isn't so much smoke and mirrors, as magnets and metal plates. Effective none the less it could perhaps do with a bit more foam dampening on closing. Like the upper door the lower door is foam lined to aid in sound absorption. Opening it up reveals a set of removable dust filters linked to hinged assemblies which swing open to allow access to a pair of 140mm 1100RPM Nanoxia fans.
Although the rest of the case might be pretty smooth and uninterrupted the rear is as busy as you might expect it to be. Up top there are 4 rubber tubing grommets, a bit of an odd inclusion for a case that has as much native water cooling support as it does. The standard rear I/O cut out looks almost lost on the rear panel, with even the 140mm rear fan grill looking small in comparison to the rest of the case. Moving down we count 10 black vented PCI covers, the first external appearance that this case is able to accept some monstrous motherboards, and finally at the base there's the standard, if slightly lost looking PSU cut out.
If you don't want local geologists knocking at your door informing you that seismographs have identified your property as the epicentre of a recent earthquake, then we suggest you get some one to help you lay it over on is side. Doing so will enable you to see the near full length removable dust filter as well as the four proportionately quite small rubber capped, chromed plastic feet. The screws that locate the three bay HDD rack are also located under here.