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Arctic Cooling Silentium T11 Case and HC01-TC HDD Cooler Review

The exterior design of the T11 isn’t exactly special but looks a little more stylish than most other cases in this price bracket.  The black and silver colour scheme gives it a grown up appearance that wouldn’t look out of place in a corporate environment.  Arctic have used steel throughout the construction of the T11 to keep costs to a minimum without compromising on rigidity.  Unlike most steel cases, the T11 is actually very light weight, weighing in at under 5kg.

The top two optical drive bays are covered with spring-loaded bezels to hide away any unsightly optical drives.  Below, we find the front panel connectors which consist of two USB2.0 ports and headphone and microphone jack.  The front of the case isn’t made from the best quality plastic but it is acceptable considering the low price of the case.  In fact, build quality all round isn’t great; we were quite surprised when the Arctic logo fell off almost as soon as we unpacked the case.

Moving around to the back of the case, we find the 120mm exhaust fan below the PSU slot.  We’re not quite sure why Arctic are still using a top-mounted PSU as most other manufacturers have relocated it to the bottom, even for their budget cases.

It is good to see that Arctic is using decent thumbscrews for the side panels rather than the standard design which usually requires a screwdriver for a tight fit.  The side panels themselves both have a perforated area at the top to enhance airflow a little.

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