Cooler Master Silencio 550 review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 11/10/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Final Words & Conclusion
The Silencio is a nicely thought through chassis, it's nothing new in terms of new technologies though. That's said, it's by far sufficient enough for what it needs to accomplish. You can house a fairly high-end selection of PC components inside the chassis whilst keeping the noise levels down. Typically a chassis, a modern PC, shows 42 DBa in noise level, here we shave off another 3 DBa easily, and in the world of noise haters .. really that's a lot. So noise dampening wise it really does nice job, whilst offering decent enough airflow as well. Also important to keep in mind is that it is mid-size tower chassis that looks okay and offers plenty of space inside that chassis.
The new updated 550 has all black internals, more room for decent cable management and of course the tool free design. Most of the peripheral components can be inserted quite easily without any fuzz.
Design wise taste differs, and personally I like this chassis due to its simple design. Other might dislike that, but hey I'll say it again .. taste differs.
With the Silencio 550 you get the all black design, ease of use, decent enough ventilation, easy removable dust filters, USB 3.0 support and yeah space wise you'll have nothing to complain about either. Inside you can fit any Micro-ATX and ATX sized motherboard and even three two large graphics cards should you want to do so (you'd need to remove one HDD cage though).
But that's a fair tradeoff, so no complaints there. There's also plenty of space for your HDD drives.
Ventilation wise a 120mm front intake fan does the heavy lifting, it's virtually silent as just like the rear 120mm exhaust fan they are locked in at a slow 800RPM, making at best a little noise. Cable management wise there's plenty of gaps in the chassis where you can lead wiring through, it would have been nice though to see these gaps with a rubber inlay. The backside tray of the motherboard also has decent enough space to lead wiring through, which was improved just for this 550 model.
All in all Cooler Master will bring this product to market for roughly 70 EUR, and that seems to be an okay price for what you are purchasing. Though the design is personal, it is tasteful and not screaming with LED lights and logo's, the overall feature package is good. Combined with decent chassis space inside and the low noise levels this chassis produces this might be a win for Cooler Master.
We would definitely recommend the Cooler Master Silencio, though we would like to see it hover at a slightly better price of roughly 60 EUR.
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