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Cooler Master Silencio 650 Mid Tower Case Review
11 January 2013
Summary: Today we introduce to you the flagship of Cooler Master's Silencio range: The 650 model. We already saw the prototype at Cebit 2012 and the specification list was impressive. Cooler Master promised us an integration of a fan controller, a hot swappable bay, a selection option of the boot drive. In a typical Cooler Master design and retailing at a moderate price tag.
Conclusion: The Silencio 650 leaves a splendid impression, Cooler Master has delivered a case with fine aesthetics, excellent build quality and whisper-quiet performance. I highly recommend this case to people who're looking for a silent mid-tower case capable of cooling high-end hardware. Due to the focus on silence, the cooling capabilities of this case aren't top notch, but still more than adequate for most enthusiast configurations that aren't heavily overclocked.
Conclusion: From where we're sitting, Cooler Master achieved its goal. The Silencio 650 is very quiet and it dampens the noise from internal components quite well. However, as you saw on the last part of the review, by lining the case with sound-absorbing material, the enclosure sacrifices airflow and this causes mediocre to poor cooling results. Although this may seem concerning, it's probably only an issue for heavy overclockers who don't prioritize noise reduction anyway.
Conclusion: Cooler Master's Silencio 650 isn't the most visually attractive chassis, but spend some time with it and you can quite easily fall for some of its many charms. Managing to keep a system equipped with various ultra-high-end components barely audible during everyday tasks is the obvious treat, but Cooler Master's sprinkling of well-thought-out features provides much more.
Summary: Cooler Master takes a different approach to the 100+ Euro silent chassis. While other manufacturers aim to offer flexibility between air flow and silence, the Silencio 650 offers an extensive feature set with a few unique aspects. The Aluminum front cover is something some may have come to expect from a silent case of this price class, but things like the SDHC card reader and fan controller are by no means standard.
Pros: Solid construction, Hot-swap bay, System drive switch, Fan Controller, SDHC Card Slot, Sound dampening materials on all major sides, Air vent on top comes with a sliding cover, Three fans included, Dust filters on all intake areas, Solid Aluminum front door
Cons: HDD switch limited to the two specific internal drive bays, Silent approach means limited air flow - especially in the front of the chassis, No 3.5 inch bay, Limited space behind motherboard tray may make cable management a bit tough, Sound dampening materials not as good as others out there, No possibility for dual radiators in the ceiling of the case
Summary: The new Silencio definitely is a serious upgrade compared to the previous revisions. The remarks I had back then where rubberized grommet holes, more USB ports etc, it seems that all my wishes which I had with the 550 have been fulfilled with the Silencio 650 model. That and more.
Airflow wise do not expect miracles, but honestly .. for a modern day PC it's definitely enough.
Conclusion: To round up the Silencio 650, its quiet, stays cool and looks extremely professional and sleek. Building a system in the case was easy; everything went in very easily thanks to it being quite spacey. There isn’t anything we don’t like about the case, it’s well made and well thought out. The case is on sale for £102. This may seem a lot for a mid-ATX case but considering the outstanding features included, it’s highly recommended.
Pros: Excellent quality, Easy to build a system in, Priced fairly, Quiet and cool, Can fit very long graphics cards
Cons: Delicate rubber Grommets, Rear side panel can be difficult to install due to thick 24 pin cables although doesn’t bow out like other cases
Excerpt: The list of case names from Cooler Master reads like an honour role. We all know of the practiacally legendary Cosmos, the CM690, the HAF and of course the new darlings in the form of the Storm and Stryker. What perhaps isn't so well known is that with the Silencio series Cooler Master also bring us a range of 4 sleek elegant "silent" cases.