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Old 22-05-11, 10:58 PM
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We take a look at Cooler Masters latest chassis the Silencio 550. The case has some very similar aspects to other cases so how does it fare in the OC3D labs?



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Old 22-05-11, 11:24 PM
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This case reminds me of the Cooler Master 330 Elite I used to have and looking at the the top and the sides of the case they look exactly the same (minus the side fan intakes on the 330 elite), I think it could actually be based on the same case and they have just upgraded it.

It's not a bad case but it is around the same price as a CM 690 II ADV and for a few quid extra you can get a Fractal R3. Personally i would go with either the R3 or 690 II because you get better features and imo they are better looking. The Silencio 550 is still worth the money though and with Cooler master you always know that the case is going to be solid and made well.
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Old 22-05-11, 11:47 PM
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It's not a bad case but it is around the same price as a CM 690 II ADV and for a few quid extra you can get a Fractal R3. Personally i would go with either the R3 or 690 II because you get better features and imo they are better looking.
My feelings exactly; but I would go so far as to drop it down to Bronze or even no award, because I can't help feel that they raided the Coolermaster parts bin and tacked it onto the newer Elite or original 690.

Edit: Oh, HIS 6990 with Eyefinity fun.

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Old 23-05-11, 12:19 AM
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my observations:

it looks like the side panels are exactly the same form factor as my CM storm scout. so, if i wanted to make my SS more silent i could buy one of these just for the anti-noise panels, to replace my windowed panel and the rear one.

that front HHD dock will let dust into the system, as fluids (air) will always find the easiest route for flow. bad oversight there!

also, if a SD card was inserted - how much overhang (jutting out) would there be?

nice SSD tray - i want a few of them - nice to know they now make them i must now go and shop for them

nice case
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Old 23-05-11, 10:01 AM
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It's a very solid, nice case, but yeah, R3 is a better buy.
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Old 23-05-11, 11:21 AM
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I quite like that, I think they've gone for maximum silence. Should have had noise dampening material in the top though and the foam on the back panel could have been thinner.

Does that front doc support 2.5" drives? If not it should.

Was it just me, or did that video appear to be quite dark? With it being so plain and black I found it hard to see any of the interior details?
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Old 23-05-11, 02:34 PM
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Quick thoughts:

- New hard drive mounts look nicer than the older CM (690, HAF series) ones

- USB3 and SD slot are great additions

- Space for 2x120 fans in the front, not just one in two positions like the 690II

- Take those three things from this and add them to the 690II, and it would be near perfect.

Geeky comment:

- Eggbox acoustic foam increases the surface area, therefore increasing sound absorbtion

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- Which Muskin? The Ridgeback?

- Can you flip the door hinge?
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Old 23-05-11, 03:58 PM
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Quick thoughts:

- New hard drive mounts look nicer than the older CM (690, HAF series) ones

- USB3 and SD slot are great additions

- Space for 2x120 fans in the front, not just one in two positions like the 690II

- Take those three things from this and add them to the 690II, and it would be near perfect.

Geeky comment:

- Eggbox acoustic foam increases the surface area, therefore increasing sound absorbtion

Questions for TTL:

- Which Muskin? The Ridgeback?

- Can you flip the door hinge?
1 yep

2 nope
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Old 23-05-11, 05:23 PM
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Hmm if you like silent rigs I'm thrilled with my fractal design xl. Not many cases like it in my mind.
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Old 23-05-11, 05:33 PM
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Good looking case,I think one of them put it together and forget
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