|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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Detailed Interior FeaturesWe'll start off where started in the last section, but this time I present to you the front innards of the case from a different angle: (1) The hard drive in the removable hard drive cage; (2) the 5.25" non-removable drive cage; (3) bottom non-removable 3.5" drive cage; (4) front bezel intake vent gills; (5) the front 120mm fan; and (6) the area where the optional fan mounts.
Let's get all of the numbers out of the way. Here we can see that the tape reads almost 16" without the removable HD cage. Cooler Master specifications state this space at 15.8" so it truly is 15.8" of video card space. Not bad.
Now here we have the same measurement but with the hard drive cage installed. It looks like a little over 11". Cooler Master specifications state this measurement at 11.1" and so again, they are spot on. The next measurement is without the fan but I didn't take that measurement. Cooler Master was right on with the first two, so suffice it to say the measurement without the top, front fan is what they say it is at 16.8". (That and since we already have two variables from the first two measurements, you can do the simple math in your head by deducting the width of a 120mm x 25mm fan, so you don't need to take the last measurement anyway. A very useful thing that logic.)
I don't think high wattage power supplies are oversized anymore, unlike in the past. I looked at a 1200wt Cooler Master PS and it was your standard, small, square diameter. But if you're like me and have an older PS, one of those 1000 watters that look like small refrigerators, then you'll appreciate the space you have here (1). Yep, 12". That's enough for a fridge and some left overs too.
Last on the list of measurements, we have cable space on the back side of the motherboard tray. Serious space here at a whopping 15/16th of a full inch. That's pretty nice. That's more than my old Cooler Master 830 evo stacker, which was, new, 300 dollars. Even with the insulation, we're still looking at 7/8"+ of space. Note too that the motherboard tray is not removable.
I'm not going to take a picture of the nuts and bolts, okay? I mean we've all seen them and this case comes with everything you need in that respect. It does have four thumb screws for the back panel, and that's better than screwdriver time. Well, guess what? We're finished with the details and the pictures and now we can discuss the overall aspects of this case in the next section. Then I can eat my now cold pizza.