|Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Doug Dallam - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 24 June 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
Finally, here is, as the military would put it, "Case, Computer Side Open" like "Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE's) because this case, again, just reminds me of something CIA, Secret Service, or military:
The reason I went to the trouble with the numbering scheme and details is that there may be those starting out on their computer education, and thus the detailed explanations might prove helpful to them. That, and I myself find that sometimes I wish I had a little more detail when things like drive cages and mounting methods are discussed.
No numbers here. This is the same picture but with the hard drive cage removed. You can clearly see the fan in the front now. The optional fan mounts directly underneath it. You have to slide it down between the front of the case and the bottom drive cage.
Here we have the hard drive cage going solo on us. This is nice. There are no screws or clips or other stupid homicidal inducing design flaws. You slide it in, it clicks, and you're in business. It fits nice and tight too and the nylon guides prevent rattling.
Here is another look at the permanent and removable aspects of the drive bays: (1) the back of the SATA hot swap bay; and (2) the removable hard drive cage. Everything fits together nicely.
For you fan aficionados, I wanted you to be able to see what Cooler Master is using. Here you get a clear shot of the numbers. Report back in the comments section and let us know. Is it any good? It looks like your basic fan to me.
Cooler Master tossed in one one drive converter, shown here with the back panel thumb screws (You get four thumb screws for the panels). Last, we have the most exciting item yet--an internal speaker. Are you kidding me? I haven't seen one of those in decades. I got a little chuckle out of that. I think some engineers have a sense of humor, not unlike Easter eggs in software. So here is a hardware Easter egg for you: An internal speaker. I wouldn't recommend playing "Taste the Bass" CDs through it though.
I'm happy to report that, indeed, all of the interior edges are rolled and there are no sharp areas to cut your fingers off. I hate nothing more than finishing a system build and then bleeding out because of cuts on my fingers and hands due to sharp edges. So let's get inside of this thing and see what the Silencio 550 has cookin'.