Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Silencio 550 (RC-550)
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Cooler Master Silencio 550 Case Review
21 February 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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 1...
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
Excerpt: Cooler Master’s Silencio 500 midi tower certainly lives up to its name. Because its side panels are covered in sound-isolating foam and it has two very quiet 120mm fans, it’s the ideal case for anyone who wants to build a PC that doesn’t sound like a vacuum cleaner.
Excerpt: 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.