The Coolermaster Silencio 650 is the latest ultra-quiet release from the Coolermaster team. It is a midnight black finished mid tower case made up from aluminium alloy, steel, and polymer. When I first took it out the box it looks really basic, but as you take a look around the case you do see minor style elements that make this case a crisp unpretending design. It has a great blend of form and function amongst a generation of tinny cases that seem to take form and then mount it with slabs of disgustingly ugly plastic to create something that looks chunky but literally bends as you pick it up. The aluminium component is the brushed front door, it feels heavy, and sturdy but is just a neat way to trap in sound and comes backed with more sound absorbent foam.
As you can see in the above picture, the case allows for airflow but also allows you to close it off if you want to run in silent mode or simply just don't need it. This case while it is silent and foam padded also does have filtered vents, especially at the base of the case where you install your power supply. Naturally it also has your 2 radiator hoses for watercooling with neat and tidy rubber grommets preinstalled. The case panels open with your standard thumb screws which are pretty stock standard but your panels have the same sound absorbent foam as the front door.
The front panel is no slouch either with 2x high speed USB3 ports and 2x standard USB2 ports. There are the usual audio jacks and even an SD card reader! Added to that you have the fan controller which allows you to select either 700 rpm or 1200rpm on the case fans so you can swap between stealth and gaming mode. Notably as well there is a dual drive switch, this allows you to install your Linux hard drive or your windows hard drive and switch between them so you can quickly and easily boot into the distro of your choice or fire up windows for some gaming.
Interior as usual is very functional, it's becoming the norm that Coolermaster takes pains to ensure the components are accessible and easily maintainable. As you can see you have 7 drive bays, and of course you can just see the dual boot hard drive bays where you can install 2 hard drives with different OS loads and choose between them with a switch on the top panel. You have 2 more optical drive bays right up the top and of course an XDOCK which allows you to plug in an external drive via the front XDOCK bay for backup or storage purposes. As you can see behind the motherboard the rear panel is also foam lined and they have made 2 rubber sleeved cable routing slots in the motherboard tray for neat and tidy cabling.
As you can see, I have grabbed the airflow diagram to illustrate the flow of air around the case with the 2 front 120mm fans drawing air into the case across the hard drive bays and then out again via the rear 120mm fan (not top mounted rear mounted). You get these 3 fans standard but as you can see in the graphic above you have room for 6, but you will semi kill the cases silent running with 6 fans of course.
So that's all we have for the Coolermaster Silencio, it's a nice case, and it is very quiet which I will demonstrate when I finish my basic pc building guide which this case features in. I have used stock photos for the review here (except the top panel) as they are really nice quality compared to my not so fancy setup.
Where to buy? PCCASEGEAR of course! And at $159 it's not the cheapest chassis out there but if you want something that's quiet, looks nice without pretending this is a pretty good pick.
Posted on Sunday, 9th September 2012