Cooler Master Silencio 652S PC Case

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Review Computer chassis are one of the few very subjective pieces of a computer system. What one person likes another may not. With that being said, today I have the pleasure of taking a look at the Cooler Master Silencio 652S that is sold under part number SIL-652-KKN2. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a case that should be pretty versatile according to Cooler Master. Before we delve to far into the Cooler Master Silencio 652S, it should be noted that while the 652S isn't going to break the bank it does carry a price of $119.99 shipped as I write this. The Silencio 652S isn't exactly a budget case, but hopefully as we look at the 652S a little more it'll become apparent if the Silencio 652S is priced right! The Cooler Master Silencio series is currently available in two different models. The first which you can see above is the 652S, which is a mid-tower chassis that supports ATX and mATX motherboards. The second model in the Silencio series is the Silencio 352S which is a smaller version and will only support up to a mATX motherboard but going down to a mini-ITX motherboard. The Silencio series is geared for those looking for a silent case. Knowing Cooler Master though, they sure couldn't leave it without some better cooling options. As we take the tour of the Silencio 652S chassis over the next couple of pages, we will see what kind of cooling options are available with the Silencio 652S. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is built using both polymer and steel. Weighing in at almot 23 pounds, the CM Silencio 652S certainly isn't the lightest chassis I've ever had on my bench, nor is it the heaviest. Keep in mind this isn't designed to be a LAN box so weight wasn't Cooler Masters design goal. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Sound Dampening As they say, silence is golden so Cooler Master has put some effort into insulating the Silencio 652S. Each of the panels have a sound dampening material pair with it to kill the sound. The above picture from Cooler Master is the left panel of the Silencio 652S, it looked as if the materiel was held on magnetically, but it's glued on, so no chance of if falling off.
Silencio Model
  • Silencio 652S
  • Silencio 352
Model Number
  • SIL-652-KKN2
  • SIL-352M-KKN1
Size
  • Mid Tower
  • Mini Tower
Motherboard Support
  • Micro-ATX, ATX
  • Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Dimensions
  • 20 x 8.7 x 20 inch
  • 17.8 x 7.8 x 14.9 inch
Radiator Support
  • Top: 240mm radiator x 1
  • Front: 240mm radiator x 1
  • Rear: 120mm radiator x 1
  • Front: 240mm radiator x 1
  • Rear: 120mm radiator x 1
Fans Included
  • Front: 120mm Silencio x 2
  • Rear: 120mm Silencio fan x 1
  • Front: 120mm XtraFlo fan x 1
  • Rear: 120mm XtraFlo fan x 1
Maximum Number of SSDs Supported 10 4
Maximum Number of HDDs Supported 9 3
Sound Dampening Panels
Convertible Panels with Removable Covers
Removable Dust Filters
The specifications between the two Silencio versions above show off some pretty big differences. Today I have the Cooler Master Silencio 652S on the bench, so lets get the tour underway!

Cooler Master Silencio 652S External Features

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Review The Cooler Master Silencio 652S isn't a flashy case. Overall I would say it has an understated elegance about it. The look of the 652S and the lines flow well together creating a great looking case.         Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Side Panel The left side panel of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S has a panel that can be removed to increase the airflow if you're running a beast of a graphics card that needs some additional fresh air. The drawback to removing this panel is that you're going to lose some of the sound dampening capabilities of the Silencio 652S. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Side Panel The opposite side panel on the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is pretty plain, it has the same finish as the first side, but lacks the cutout for airflow. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Top Panel The top of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S looks like there is no airflow, but the top of the chassis is removable. Removing the top panel of the Silencio 652S, much like the panel on the side, will allow for a significant increase in airflow but does cut down on the sound dampening capabilities. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Top Panel The Cooler Master Silencio 652S front panel connections are plentiful here. As is common with most of the top tier chassis, there is a pair of SuperSpeed USB 3.0, but there is also is a pair of USB 2.0 ports, mic & headphone jacks, and a SD card reader. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Top Radiator Panel Once the top panel is removed, we can see the grill that hides beneath it. If you're planning on mounting a radiator or a couple of fans at the top of the chassis you will need to remove this panel which slides towards the rear of the Silencio 652S. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Front Panel The front of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is kept clean looking, the only features that we can see on the front are the power/reset buttons, HDD LED activity and a Cooler Master Case badge. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Front Panel Opening up the front of the case, the Cooler Master Silencio 652S reveals a couple of secrets. The Silencio 652S can support up to three 5.25" drives. It can be optical drives like a BluRay burner, Card reader, or any of a number of other accessories here. Below the 5.25" drive bays is a removable cover that will unveil a pair of Cooler Master 120MM fans tucked in there. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Front Fans The fans included in the Cooler Master Silencio 652S are a pair of 120mm Silencio fans. Each of these fans are rated for 38cfm and 11±1 dBA at 1200±200 RPM. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Front Panel One of the key points of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is that it is silent. To accomplish this, Cooler Master has lined the front door of the chassis with sound dampening materials. I'm willing to bet the entire interior is lined with sound dampening materials, but we'll have to wait and see. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Back Panel The back of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is pretty much what we'd expect to see. The CM Silencio 652S has seven expansion slots, a couple of spots for water lines to pass through, a single exhaust fan up top. The exhaust fan used is the same 120mm Silencio fan used for the front intake. The power supply on the Silencio 652S is mounted on the bottom of the chassis and can be mounted facing up or down depending on the configuration of the PSU. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Bottom Panel The bottom of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S has a pair of removable filters to prevent to much dust from being sucked into the chassis. Not that we've seen the outside, lets open up the Cooler Master Silencio 652S and take a look at what the inside of the Silencio 652S has to offer!

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Interior Features

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Motherboard Tray Kind of like opening presents on Christmas morning, it's always exciting to see what the inside of a new PC chassis is going to look like and see what it can do. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is certainly going to allow plenty of room to work when installing the hardware into it. Despite not having a window on the side panel to show off the hardware and the look of the system inside. The Silencio 652S is nice and clean looking on the inside with plenty of ability to route the wires. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Drive Cages The 5.25" drive bays in the Cooler Master Silencio 652S are tool-less. Just below the 5.25" drive bays there is room for four 2.5" drives. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S will support up to ten 2.5" drivessd throughout the system . Four of them in the four drive bays seen here, as well as one at the bottom of the optical drive bay. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Drive Cages The 3.5" drive bays will support either 3.5" hard drives, or an additional three 2.5" drives. To the left of the hard drive cages you can see a spot to mount an additional HDD or SSD. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Power Supply Mounting Each of the seven expansion slots on the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is held down with a thumb screw, making card changes incredibly easy to do. The power supply will rest on four rubber pads, this helps to minimize any noise from vibration, as well as protecting the finish on the power supply. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Fans The Cooler Master Silencio 652S has a cutout in the motherboard tray that measures 5.625" x 5.625". This makes it easy to change out the CPU cooler since the motherboard doesn't need to be removed to take off the back plate. The fan on the back is a 120mm Silencio fan that's rated for 38CFM at only 11±1 dBA at 1200±200 RPM. Just to the south of the exhaust fan is a couple of pass through ports with rubber grommets, these can be used for anything from water cooling lines, to just about anything you can think of. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Top Fan Mounting The top of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is designed to fit up to a 200mm fan, or a dual 140mm radiator. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Front Panel Wiring The wiring that comes with the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is pretty much what I would expect. There is the header for the SuperSpeed USB 3.0, USB 2.0, power/reset switches, LED's, and the HD Audio. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Drive Tray The Cooler Master Silencio 652S uses the same drive trays for the 2.5" SSD's and the 3.5" HDD's. The tray can close tighter to fit the 2.5" drives, or it can expand to fit the 3.5" drives.

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Hardware Installation

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Motherboard Installaion When it comes to installing the hardware into the Cooler Master Silencio 652S, there's no surprise that it went nice and easy. The first piece of equipment to be installed was the motherboard. All of the standoffs lined up without any issues. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Water Cooler Installaion Once the ASUS X99-Deluxe motherboard was installed, I mounted the Corsair H100i water cooler. It fits well, but I learned that that orientation wouldn't allow for my LG BluRay drive to fit in the top spot. cooler-master-silencio-652s-water-cooler Mounting the Corsair H100i was really easy to do once the top panel and cooler-master-silencio-652s-water-cooler-2 Once the radiator was installed I slid the cover back into place all was golden in the world. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Optical Drive Bay Perhaps I spoke a little to soon, the water lines on the Corsair H100i were blocking the drive from sliding in all the way. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Optical Drive Bay I could drop the drive down to one of the lower bays and I would have plenty of room. The LG BluRay drive (CH08LS10) measures 7.5" long, which is a bit longer than some. This certainly isn't a deal breaker for me as there are a couple of work around I could to use an optical drive. For now though, I think I'm going to leave it out. Cooler Master Silencio 652S Graphics Card Installaion One the system was wired up, I popped in the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CUII graphics card. The ASUS GFX card measures 10.5" long, and there is still another 1.5" of room between it and the drive cages. Cooler Master Silencio 652S System Installaion Now that everything is installed into the Cooler Master Silencio 652S chassis, it looks great. The wires were able to be run so everything looks nice and neat. The only part I think I would change is a couple of extension cables for the fans on the Corsiar H100i water cooler so I could route those wires a little better. cooler-master-silencio-652s-wiring While the main compartment of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is nice and tidy, the back is a little bit more of a mess. Fortunately that doesn't matter to much as it won't effect the air flow inside the Silencio 652S.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Cooler Master Silencio 652S Silent Chassis Review The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a great case for $119.99 shipped to your door. Over the years I've come to like a more subdued look to my computer systems. I used to use the cold cathode tubes, fans with LED's and all that fun stuff. While there's nothing wrong with using that, it's not for me any more. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is right up my alley these days. Despite having a lack of flash, the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a pretty damned sexy PC case. It's a very clean looking case that will add a touch of style to any desk. While looks are important to the overall appeal of a computer case, they aren't everything. The function of the chassis is just as important, if not more so. The Cooler Master Silencio 652S was, in short a great case to work with today. Higher end PC chassis' like the Cooler Master Silencio 652S are always a joy to work with, there is rarely anything bad that I can say about them. The CM Silencio 652S was no different, nor did I expect there to be any issues. The entire build process went off without a hitch, I was easily able to run the cabling and keep the interior of the Cooler Master Silencio 652S very clean. Cooler Master Silencio 652S System Installaion The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a very sleek looking mid tower chassis that will accept micro-ATX motherboards as well as ATX motherboards. If you're looking to build a mini-ITX motherboard, the Cooler Master Silencio 352S would be a great option. The Silencio 352S is a considerably  smaller version of the 652S,  measuring only  17.8" x 7.8" x 14.9" compared to the 20" x 8.7" x 20" dimensions of the Silencio 652S. The Silencio 352S also comes in at a bit less, available for only $69.99 9shipped. Overall I'm really impressed with the Cooler Master Silencio 652S chassis, there's nothing I didn't like about it. LR Recommended Award Legit Bottom Line: The Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a very versatile PC chassis. As it comes out of the box it is set up to run silently, but if you're looking for a little better airflow and cooling you can make a couple of changes that are built into the design. This means that the Cooler Master Silencio 652S is a great choice for systems that range from mild to wild!