Silencio 550 Chassis
I reviewed the HAF 912 Advanced Case from
Cooler Master a few months ago and I must admit that this chassis left
me gobsmacked. Even today, the HAF 912 is still doing a marvellous job,
especially at catching dust and being rather quiet when in use. However all that suddenly changed when I had the pleasure of reviewing
the new Silencio 550 Chassis from Cooler Master that actually boasts and
succeeds with near silent operation. That's right, when in use, our test
machine was as quiet as a mouse. It was like our PC was not even turned
on... awesome! This silent running was achieved by the two fans that
come with the case and two sound proof panels.
Apart from its almost silent running, another
impressive feature is the design of the Silencio that like its Italian
sounding name, looks like its been designed for its sleek mirrored
finish and looks rather spiffy. Best of all, it doesn't stop there and
Silencio features built-in high speed USB 3.0, a multifunction SD card reader and
3.5" X-dock, giving the user additional ease of access for hard drives.
- Includes two 800rpm silent fans
(Supports up to three 120mm fans)
- I/O panel provides easy access for
- High quality foot stand
- Side ventilation holes for better
- Dust Filter provided for easy
access to wash
- Stylish and Simple design
Unlike the HAF 912 with its rugged military
design, the Silencio is a much more feminine looking beast with its
sleek mirror finish that would not look out of place in any home or
office. With plenty of room inside the case, no matter what kind of PC
setup you have, you should have no problems in fitting your
motherboards, power supplies and graphic cards into the case.
at 210 x 451.5 x 502.mm, I was actually quite surprised at the amount of
room inside the Silencio and Cooler Master have done a brilliant job in
keeping the installation process a relatively straight forward process.
Just like the HAF 912, accessing the inputs on the PC is not a
convoluted process as everything is right in front of the user.
However the main selling point of this case
is its silent operation and thanks to the two 800rpm silent fans that
come with this unit, the Silencio whispers as opposed to some cases that
roar when its fans are turned on. The fans are not just there to keep
things quiet but rather, there are two intake places that draw cool air
in and then the fans expel this through the exhaust vent.
has a decent ventilation design! In terms of ventilation which may bring
a considerable amount of dust inside the case, this is not the case.
Thanks to the dust filters that come with the Silencio, these catch dust
and can easily be washed to ensure a dust free PC.
Add in high-speed USB 3.0 support, a SD Card reader and you not only have speed but you also have
convenience with the Silencio. My only gripe with the case is I would have preferred
to see a multi-format card reader as opposed to SD cards only.
Unfortunately for me, I use compact flash cards that are used with my
Digital SLR-Camera, so I would never really use the SD card. However if
you do have peripherals that use SD, it should definitely be taken into
consideration when purchasing a new case.
Before I get to the installation, I need to
add that the case is quite well made and very sturdy. It doesn't look
like those cheap cases from those budget computer stores or swap meets
on the weekend. This is a very well made and designed chassis. Out
of the box, the Cooler Master Silencio comes with everything you need to
attach your cards (e.g. screws), cable ties and rails for drive
installation. If you do get stuck, the manual that comes with the case
is quite straight forward and easy to follow.
body,Plastic front bezel
Dimension (W / H / D)
||210 x 451.5 x
||Micro - ATX / ATX
5.25" Drive Bay
||3 (without the
use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
3.5" Drive Bay
2.5"/3.5"- SATA HDD Drive Bay
(converted from one 3.5” bay)
||USB3.0 x 1,
USB2.0 x 1, Mic x1, Audio x 1, SD card reader x 1
120mm x 1, 800rpm silent fan pre-install
(Support 120mm fan x 2 or 140mm fan x 1 optional)
Rear (Exhaust): 120mm x 1, 800rpm silent fan pre-install
||Standard ATX PS2
height: 6.10-inch (154mm)
VGA card length: 11.10-inch(281mm)(With HDD cage)
15.80-inch (400mm)(Remove HDD cage w/120*25 fan)
16.80-inch (427mm) (Remove HDD cage w/o fan)
Installation of our motherboard, cards, cables and devices was a
flawless process, thanks to the amount of room I had to work inside the
case. The removable HDD cage is great for multiple drives as is the
option for up to 7 expansion slots in the case. No matter what kind of
card you have (e.g. AMD HD 6990), you should have no problems in
installing them into the case or even better... two cards for crossfire.
The entire installation took around 30 to 40 minutes to successfully
build a new PC and as a word of warning, the user should probably watch
the foam dampening on both sides which could come off.
Cable management is a true highlight of the
case and nothing dangled in the wrong place, thanks the advanced cable
management of this case. Nothing is better than a neat and accessible
case. For those that have SATA drives, the Silencio boasts an external
X-dock which means adding an external drive is easy as 1-2-3. I also
like the dust filters that come with the case as not only do they catch
dust but they prevent your parts inside the case becoming dirty with
dusty and the possibility of damaging them. Additional dust on fans do
cause more strain on parts and even increased power usage which may lead
to disaster in the long-term. All in all, the Silencio from Cooler
Master does what it's suppose to do... silent PC running in a dust free
environment with appropriate cooling.
For a recommended retail price of around
$110(AUD) online, the Cooler Master Silencio 550 Chassis is definitely
the case to have for those people who want an extremely quiet PC
operation. Most computing enthusiasts should have no issues in
transferring their parts from their old case to the new case and Cooler
Master ensure that this process is quite flawless. If you are looking to
build a new PC from scratch, there are not too many better cases than
this. For additional
cooling however, you would need to purchase an additional fan but apart from
that, it has a very easy installation, great features and has a look
that will definitely turn heads.