Cooler Master Silencio 650
The case is only a Mid ATX case but the interior is surprisingly spacey.
The two 5.25” tool less mechanisms are well made.
There are 7 3.5” bays and two trays that allow you to mount 2.5” drives. The top section can be removed to allow you to install long graphics cards but this shouldn’t be an issue, the bay can also be rotated.
This is the rear of the X-dock, it uses a four pin Molex and SATA to transfer power and data.
It’s hard to make a hoo-haa about a stand-off but this is not just a regular stand-off, it is in fact a completely awesome idea, it really makes me wonder why no one else has these. When you place your motherboard in your case, you normally have to apply pressure against the IO shield plate to get your screws in and it’s hard to get it central. This very simple stand-off fits the hole in the motherboard perfectly, meaning when you install your motherboard in the case, you align the holes, sit it in place and simply install the screws. It’s a great, simple idea and I hope other manufacturers learn and included them.
The included cables, it’s good to see more budget cases come with the USB 3.0 plug.
Black cables, great to see!
All fans have 3 pin to molex adaptors.
The top of the case has some noise isolating foam and you can see the 120mm and 140mm fan mounting holes.
Around the back of the case we see the three rubber grommets, from our experience it’s a good idea to be gentle with these as the fingers can be ripped quite easily. The case could do with being slightly wider to allow more space around the back, the large hole down at the bottom helps but with the side panel also having noise isolating foam on, the foam grips on any cables and makes it hard to close the side panel.
At the bottom of the last picture you probably noticed this little PCB; it’s what switches the two bottom drives for dual booting. It’s important to know that the molex on this also powers the built in fan controller, it took us a minute to work this out as we didn’t want to use the dual boot feature but wanted to test the fan controller.
We very quickly and roughly put some parts in the case, this was the result. All the work to make the case easy to build in really pays off; it’s a brilliant case to build a system in.