Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Silencio 550 (RC-550)
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Corsair Obsidian 550D vs Cooler Master Silencio 650
25 July 2012
Excerpt: Cooler Master recently introduced the Silencio 650, and Corsair released the Obsidian 550D, both cases in a similar price bracket and with an explicit emphasis on silent running. We took a closer look at both chassis to see which one cools the best and makes the least amount of noise. Since round-ups are one of our specialties, we put these two new chassis next to six other silent computer cases to find out which is the most silent of them all.
Summary: With todays powerful hardware components, most computer case designs are mainly focused on maximizing airflow. Sometimes compromising on one vital aspect, which is noise reduction. It's pretty hard to get a decent balance in a midi sized tower between decent airflow and near silent operation. Cooler Master is targeting, with this Silencio 550, those that look to build a silent PC.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master 550 Silencio uses a Mid-Tower case and insulated front and side panels to sound dampen noise. The insulation is dense and seals the case well. You can only mount a total of three 120mm fans in the case, but for all but the hottest rigs, this is most likely going to be just fine Especially when you consider Sandy Bridge technology and how cool it runs, the problem of heat isn't really a problem as it was a few years ago (Think 920 Bloomfield OCed).
Pros: Sleek, elegant look, Sound insulated, Roomy internal spaces, Lots of video card room, Hot Swap hard drive bay, SD card reader, USB 3.0 front panel I/O port, Filters on both air intakes, Built solid, Almost a full inch of back panel cable space, Internal removable hard drive cage, Comes with two 120mm 800 rpm fans
Cons: SD card reader instead of more I/O USB ports, USB 3.0 from front panel has to be run outside the case, Larger video cards requiere removing the internal drive cage, Only two 5.25" bays -Door is not removable and only opens right to left
Conclusion: The Cooler Master Silencio 550 is quite a roomy ATX chassis to work with, so it really does not matter if you install the power supply or motherboard first. Out of personal preference, I got my ASUS P8P67 PRO installed first. Everything is quite simple; openings on the motherboard tray is not necessarily abundant, but they are present where you need it.
Conclusion: Let's get the obvious out of the way: Cooler Master's Silencio 550 claims to be prepared to take on powerful hardware, but in our experience it struggles to cope with a high-end Core i7 980X processor and a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card. Stress-testing either of the two aforementioned components resulted in higher temperatures than we're comfortable with, and anybody planning a similarly high-end build would do well to heed our advice and install a second 120mm front...
Summary: The Cooler Master Silencio 550 is imbued with most of the qualities required for a quiet chassis. The panels are solid, preventing noise from leeching out a side vent, the door masks the the hard drive(s) and intake fan noise, and the damping foam helps prevent standing waves. Its appearance is pleasing — simple, streamlined, and lacking the odd contours of more fanciful high-end cases.
Pros: Quiet out of the box experience, Acoustic damping foam, Extras: SD card slot, hard drive dock most components, Removable hard drive cage to facilitate long graphics cards, Looks great, Affordable
Cons: Could use more airflow, Fans are clicky and too slow for most users, Foam creates clearance issues, Hard drive dock lacks an ejection mechanism
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Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Enthusiast users with a constrained budget often have to make compromises in regards to quality, building a PC around a chassis that emits a lot of fan noise due to thin panel design and the inclusion of low quality fans. Enter Cooler Master with their new Silencio 550, a case set to redefine noise emissions for the low end market.