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.
KitGuru first saw this case in March this year, when it was going under the name ‘Project Silent M‘. While there have been some changes since then, the price point has still be held at under £70 … £67 to be exact.
Is it possible to make a high quality case with low noise emissions for such a competitve price? Cooler Master claim a ‘near silent' operation with sound proofing on both side panels. They haven't sacrificed the looks, with a mirror like finish on the front panel enhancing the appearance. With a built in SD card reader, Super speed USB 3.0 support and a 3.5 inch HDD hotswap they seem to be covering a lot of bases. But is it worth the money?
|Cooler Master Silencio 550|
|Colour||Steel body, Plastic front bezel|
|Dimension (W / H / D)||(W) 210 x (H) 415.5 x (D) 505.2 mm / 8.3 x 17.8 x 19.9 inch|
|Net Weight||9.2kgs (20.3lb)|
|Motherboard Type||Micro – ATX / ATX|
|5.25″ Drive Bay||3 (without the use of exposed 3.5″ drive bay)|
|3.5″ Drive Bay||7 Hidden|
|3.5″ X-Dock||1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25″ bay)|
|2.5″ HDD||1 Hidden (converted from one 3.5″ bay)|
|I/O Panel||USB3.0 x 1, USB2.0 x 1, Mic x1, Audio x 1, SD card reader x 1|
|Cooling System:||Front(Intake): 120mm x 1, 800rpm silent fan pre-install(Support 120mm fan x 2 or 140mm fan x 1 optional)
Rear (Exhaust): 120mm x 1, 800rpm silent fan pre-install
|Maximum Compatibility||CPU cooler height: 6.10-inch (154mm)
VGA card length: 11.10-inch (281mm) (With HDD cage)
15.80-inch (400mm) (Remove HDD cage w/120*25 fan)
16.80-inch (427mm) (Remove HDD cage w/o fan)
|Power Supply||Standard ATX PS2 (optional)|