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Cooler Master Silencio 550 Chassis Review

The side door has thick foam on the inside to help with noise dampening. This does add extra weight to the panels however, but once positioned it isn’t noticeable.

All of the insides are painted black which helps improve aesthetics.

At the bottom is a filtered grill to help with power supply cooling. The PSU is raised off the bottom of the chassis with four rubber feet which help reduce vibration and subsequently noise.

At the top of the case is the 120mm exhaust fan which expels heat out the rear. There is also a cut out hole in the motherboard tray to make life easier with backplate mounted CPU coolers.

Seven expansion bay slots are available and these are sealed with simple thumbscrews, no fancy locking mechanisms with this particular design. The top right of the case has room for three 5.25 inch optical drive bays. We never use internal optical drives anymore, opting for an external bluray unit and several USB drives for moving items back and forward quickly. Under the 5.25 inch bays are seven 3.5 inch bays. One of these can be converted to a single 2.5 inch bay using the plastic caddy supplied.

The other side panel also has a foam padded back to ensure noise is trapped as much as possible.

With both side panels removed we can get a better overview of the design. The fan at the front is connected via a 3 pin header to a molex, meaning that both options are possible, depending on the specific build demands. There are several areas at the right side of the case for cable routing, mainly near the bottom.

Cooler Master have also catered for long video cards, meaning the top four bays can be removed to accommodate video cards longer than 11.1 inches. The bottom 5.25 inch optical bay has a pre installed X Dock included which converts it to a 3.5 inch bay.

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