Cooler Master Silencio 650 Mid Tower Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2013-01-11

Today we introduce to you the flagship of Cooler Master's Silencio range: The 650 model. We already saw the prototype at Cebit 2012 and the specification list was impressive. Cooler Master promised us an  integration of a fan controller, a hot swappable bay, a selection option of the boot drive. In a typical Cooler Master design and retailing at a moderate price tag. It's predecessor, the Silenco 550 was a decent silent case, but had a few shortcomings, especially the cable management was a rough ride due to the small clearance between the motherboard tray and the side panel and a bit too small cutouts in the motherboard panel. However for a 70 euro case it was a great addition to the silent Silencio enclosure range for Cooler Master. The new Silencio 650 model, due to the extra features retails at plus minus 110 euros, time to stop the chit chat and open the box.

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Interior Explored Part II

The dual boot option is selectable from the front panel. Same accounts for the fan controller. A fancy sliding cover hides the Power on or Reset button from any unwanted intervention from little children.





Two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, the audio jacks and even a micro SD card reader is included in this Silencio 650 case. Big LED light bars indicate the Power ON status and the HDD activity.





A dual 120mm fan setup in the front and one 120mm version in the rear provides the needed airflow to keep the innards cool. Too bad the option to install extra fans is limited. Don't get me wrong, this case is well equipped. But those that own a 240mm all in one liquid cooling unit won't find a way to install it in the Silencio 650. In the top there's only the option for one fan, the noise dampening material on the right is glued and no ventilation holes are to be seen.




Again another sliding cover reduces the noise when closed or allows for extra ventilation when being opened.

The other noise dampening material can be found on the front door and the two side panels. The panel on the left, which is installed on the motherboard side, uses slightly thinner dampening material. This was one of the big flaws of the Silencio 550 case and has partly been corrected to enhance the cable management. We mention partly as there's only just over 1CM of clearance between the mobo and side panel. Weird that Cooler Master has not adressed this issue as most modern cases have easily the double of clearance, especially in this price range.



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