Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Case ReviewFri, Nov 02, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Exterior thoughts of the Deep Silence 1
Now the Deep Silence 1 chassis has one of the most unique lay outs I have seen in a while. Typically when chassis use a front door it covers the entire front of the chassis. The Deep Silence 1 utilizes 2 separate doors.
Opening up the front upper chassis door brings us to the 5.25” bays. Just above the 5.25 bays is a couple of included sliding fan controllers. I will have to say that the 5.25 bay covers look awfully familiar to another chassis from Fractal Design on their Define R4 mid tower chassis.
Removing the 5.25” bay covers was very simple, just simply grab the little counter sunk tab and pop it up and then remove the cover. If you look at the inner side of the upper door Nanoxia places a Foam rubber here to help reduce the amount of noise coming from our chassis.
Opening up the lower front door, reveals the two included 120mm front fans and their respected carriers with removable fan filters.
To gain access to the front fans we need to push on the left center of the carriers and they will unlock and allow us to swing them out.
A quick look at the fans and how Nanoxia mounts the front 120mm fans.
The only thing that has me worried about this type of holder, is that on my chassis sample the upper fan lock did not work.
Demonstrating that the fan filters are easily removed from the fan carriers.
A closer look at the locking mechanism that holds the fan carriers on to the front bezel.
The left side panel of the Deep Silence 1 chassis is pretty kept simple, there is a spot where we can remove a fan cover and place a side panel fan here if it is required for our computer system. If you look at the very front of the chassis on the front bezel are small vents that will help give our front fans the most amount of ventilation while keeping the sound levels down.
Directly above the left side panel is a sliding button.
Unfortunately you can’t really see what this sliding button does, this slide lock operates an upper door on the top of the chassis; I will show you in a little later on.
Turning our attention over to the backside of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.
Starting up at the top of the backside, Nanoxia includes two small external water cooling ports the sit directly above the rear 140mm exhaust fan.
Making our way down to the PCI expansion ports, we can see that this chassis can handle the larger E-ATX style of motherboards by giving us eight PCI expansion ports. And to the right of the PCI expansion ports are two larger external cooling ports. If you are not going to use an external water cooling set up, and wish to fully cover up these ports you can use the included blank covers that comes in with the accessories.
Finally on the bottom side of the backside of the Deep Silence 1 chassis is where the PSU gets mounted to, there are multiple mounting holes so that we can use a great number of different PSU’s and or mount our PSU’s if different configurations for our unique computing needs.
Looking at the right side panel of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 chassis, the only thing worth noting is on the front bezel are some more included side vents for our front fans.
Putting the chassis on its side so that we can see how the top of this chassis is laid out.
Now I can show you what that sliding button does, on the very top of the Deep Silence 1 chassis is a hidden ventilation door. Once we slide that button forward it opens up this upper ventilation door. This is for those who may place upper fans up towards the top of this chassis.
The only thing I think was a bit off about this ventilation door was that the opening is not all the large, so if you plan on using High CFM fans it may cause some restriction for these types of fans.
On the front of the chassis is the on/off switch, then directly behind this switch is another little hidden door.
By pressing on the center of this small door it opens up and reveals the front IO ports of this chassis. Starting from the bottom of the picture then working up we see that we get included as far as front IO ports are: a Mic and Headphone jacks, two USB 3 ports, and finally two USB 2 ports. I like the idea of being able to close up these upper ports when they are not in use as it will help keep dust and debris from getting into these ports and possibly cause major problems with our computer systems.
Time for me to look at the bottom of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 chassis.
Nanoxia uses a rather large single fan filter that covers a rather large portion of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.
This is what I like to see on my chassis feet; rubber inserts on the bottom of the feet to help minimize scratching and to help out on keeping the chassis sliding around.