The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
When it comes to choosing a case for our computers many typically look at the top tier manufacturers like Cooler Master, Lian Li, Silverstone, Fractal Designs. Even I have to admit that these are typically on my list as well and for good reasons, because we have come to know these companies on providing us with high quality modern day chassis’. Does this mean that any of the new comers that are entering as a computer chassis provider does not stand a chance? No, it does not. One of these new comers that we already come to know as a maker of top quality computer chassis fans, has just recently expanded their portfolio to include computer chassis. If this newest addition of chassis is any indication of what to expect from Nanoxia, I will have to say that the competition has gotten a bit fiercer.
We are going to looking at one of the newest members of chassis form Nanoxia, the Deep Silence 1. This chassis also comes in four different color variations for which we can choose a chassis color that fits our unique computing style. These colors include; Dark Black, White, Anthracite, and finally this chassis in Silver. We happen to be looking more closely at the Dark Black Deep Silence 1 chassis in this review.
Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Specifications:
- Case Type: Mid-Tower
- Form Factor: ATX
- 5.25” Bays: 3
- 3.5” external bay: 1 (Adapter)
- 2.5/3.5” Drive Bays: 8
- Fans Front: 2x120mm
- Fans Rear: 1x140mm
- Optional Fans: Top 2x120/140mm, Side 1x120/140mm, Bottom 1x120/140mm
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 517mm x 220mm x 532mm
- Weight: 11.34kg
- Maximum VGA Size: 315 – 445 mm
- Dust Filters: Front, Side, Bottom
- PCI Expansion Ports: 8
- Noise Insulator: Bituman/bitumen foam
Now Nanoxia classifies the Deep Silence 1 chassis as a mid-tower, after me physically seeing this chassis this chassis is by no means a typical mid-tower chassis, the Deep Silence 1 is simply huge and is pretty close resembles itself to being as one of my full-tower chassis’. Scanning the specifications a bit more reveals that this chassis uses a sound deadening material on the side panels, this does add a bit more weight to the side panels so when you remove them be careful not to drop these side panels. We also have the option of being able to install up to 7 120/140mm fans in the Deep Silence 1 chassis. I also like to point out that the Deep Silence 1 chassis is the first of its kind to have eight PCI expansion ports, typical mid-tower chassis’ only have up to seven PCI expansion ports.
Key Features of the Deep Silence 1
- The Deep Silence 1 PC case offers you a perfect combination of excellent system cooling at extremly low noise levels. Many unique features like the Air Chimney and the retractable I/O panel have been integrated into the chassis, this maintains the clean look of the case.
- Complete customizable soundproofing
- The Deep Silence 1is fully insulated and lined with sound-absorbing insulation materials. The use of two insulated front doors also contributes to the noise level, as well as the decoupled mounting of the hard drives and power supply unit.
- The Air Chimney can be simply opened or closed using a slider on the side of the top panel. While the Air Chimney remains closed, the uniform design line of the case is preserved and the interior is protected from the intrusion of dust and dirt. While open, the air chimney can be used to improve the case ventilation.
- The installation of the optical drives works completely without tools and screws. Corresponding brackets fix the drives quickly and safely.
- The Deep Silence 1 provides three fully modular HDD modules (2 x 3 HDD, 1 x 2 HDD). The top two cages are interchangeable and can also be removed if required. An additional bracket on the case bottom enables the mounting of one of the HDD modules, even if for example a 240 mm radiator is installed behind the front.
- On the back side there are 8 slots for expansion cards. Multi-GPU systems can easily be accommodated in the Deep Silence 1.
- When using all HDD modules, graphic cards with a maximum length of 315 mm can be accommodated in the Deep Silence 1 case. With disassembled hard drive cages, cards up to 445 mm in length can be mounted.
- The maximum installation height of CPU coolers is 185 mm. Thus, all currently available CPU-coolers can be mounted in the Deep Silence 1.
- A 2-channel fan controller for up to 6 fans can be found behind the upper door. Three fans with a combined maximum power consumption of 18 Watt can be connected per channel.
- Behind the front panel two 120 mm "Deep Silence" fans (max. 1300 rpm) are pre-installed, a 140 mm "Deep Silence" fan (max. 1100 rpm) can be found in the rear. Overall, up to 7 impellers can be mounted.
- Seven rubberized cable guides are available in the motherboard tray. The cable management has been adapted to the needs of Micro-ATX systems as well. The opening directly behind the power supply unit is big enough to allow the whole cable harness of a PSU to be fed through.
- In the Deep Silence 1 you can mount one 120 or 240 mm radiator behind the front panel, as well as under the cover. Outward offset mounting holes in the lid prevent a possible collision with the radiator motherboard components. On the back side there are 4 rubber hose guides for external watercooling systems available.
Deep Silence 1 Packaging
When it comes to packaging, Nanoxia, happens to have one of the busiest ones I have seen in a long time. On the front of the box being used to package up the Deep Silence 1 chassis, Nanoxia gives us and 3/4 front view of the chassis while also giving us some general features of this chassis.
Rotating the packaging 90° to the right brings us to a side panel that gives us some general specifications of the Deep Silence 1. Now both side panels of the box, are identical.
Turning the box to the backside reveals that Nanoxia goes a bit more into details about some of the more important features this chassis is fully capable of supporting.
Once we open up the box we can see for the most part Nanoxia follows a pretty standard way of packing up the Deep Silence 1 chassis that we have seen from previous chassis manufacturers; with one exception instead of leaving top and bottom of the chassis exposed, Nanoxia uses another Styrofoam insert to ensure that this chassis is well protected.
I went ahead and removed the included accessories from inside of the chassis and laid them out to show you what gets included, these chassis accessories were inside of a black box. What we get included are as follows:
- 5.25” floppy drive cover
- EPS CPU power extension cable
- An Instruction Manual
- 4 solid Water cooling covers, 2 small and 2 large
- Motherboard standoffs
- Motherboard screws
- Wire ties
- 3.5/2.5 HDD/SSD screws
- Various other chassis screws
What the Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower chassis looks like once it has been removed from the confines of its packaging.
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.
Interior thoughts of the Deep Silence 1
I am going to start off on the side panels, Nanoxia uses a sound deadening material on the inner side of both side panels. On the left side panel Nanoxia allows us to mount either a 120mm fan or a 140mm side fan for if and when we may need to added circulation for our chassis’.
Time for me to start the interior overview of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.
I have seen a lot of different types of 5.25” bay locks, this one in particular is definitely different. I will go into more detail on how to operate these in the hardware installation portion of the review. The Deep Silence 1 can utilize up to three 5.25” bay devices.
The Deep Silence 1 chassis can utilize up to eight 2.5/3.5 HDD/SSDs. The HDD cages themselves were a bit bent up when I received this chassis, it was not caused by the shipping of this chassis but during the packaging as the rest of the chassis was still intact. This is why the HDD cages look a bit odd, because I had to straighten them out to remove the HDD carriers.
Each HDD cage houses individual HDD carriers, to remove a HDD carrier just simply squeeze the two tabs together and slide the carrier out of the cage.
Each HDD carrier can handle either a 2.5” HDD/SSD or the larger 3.5” HDD.
If you plan on mounting a front 240mm radiator onto this chassis you will have to remove the HDD cages from the front of the chassis. This little holder is so that we can still mount a HDD cage to this part so that we can still mount our HDDs while also using a forward 240mm radiator.
Nanoxia uses eight removable/replaceable vented PCI port covers on this chassis. These will help ventilate the chassis better and also help keep large debris from entering this chassis from the backside for when we are not using that corresponding PCI port.
A better look at the 140mm rear exhaust fan that Nanoxia includes with this chassis.
We can install either two 140mm fans up here, or we can install two 120mm fans; we even have the option of being able to install a 240mm radiator up here.
The CPU cutout appears to be large enough to handle a large variety of different motherboards and their multitude of different configurations.
Doing a quick measurement directly behind the motherboard tray through the CPU cutout, we can see that we have just right at 3/4 of an inch of room behind the motherboard tray. This should be plenty of room to hide our extra PSU power cables.
Looking at the included front IO header motherboard connectors. Six of the connectors are for the included fan controller for our fans, the other connectors are:
- USB 3 motherboard connector
- USB 2 motherboard connector
- On/off power button
- Reset switch
- Power LED indicator
- Front Audio header
I will like to add that Nanoxia labels three of the fan connectors A1-A3, and B1-B3 and that these correspond to one fan controller. A labeled fan connector correspond to the top fan controller, while the B labeled connectors correspond to the bottom fan controller.
If you choose to install a forward mounted 240mm radiator you will have to remove the front fan cages. Each front fan cage is held onto with four screws.
The fans do not mount directly to the radiator directly, they still stay mounted to their holders. The radiator is what gets mounted to the fan cages. Shown in this image on how that radiator will get mounted.
Doing a quick measurement of the interior of the Deep Silence 1 chassis, Nanoxia does give us quite a bit of room inside of the chassis; a little over twelve inches of room from the front of the PCI expansion ports to the backside of the HDD cages. We can further the amount of room by removing the HDD cages, if and when it is required.
This measure confirms the measurement I had when I measured behind the CPU cutout, that we do have roughly 3/4 of an inch of room behind the motherboard tray.
Nanoxia does ensure that this chassis as fairly well built, and that all of the edges were rounded off enough to prevent me from shredding my hands as I made my way around this chassis. For stability testing I grabbed the bottom rear left corner of the chassis and grabbed the upper front right corner of the chassis and twisted it; my results revealed that there was not much play with this chassis. Giving me the determination that this chassis is built solidly.
Installation of Hardware into the Deep Silence 1
Time to start with the installation of my computer components into the Deep Silence 1 chassis. So far everything is going right in with no problems. The PSU went right and the motherboard standoffs were easy to install.
The motherboard went right in, so far the interior does not look to be overcrowded.
To install a 5.25” bay drive and secure it to this chassis requires us to push on the center of the locking mechanisms and push the lever from the rear position to the forward position and release the lock.
To install the 2.5” HDD/SSDs on to the individual HDD carriers we just need to align the mounting holes on the carrier to the mounting holes of the HDD/SSD. 2.5” HDD have the same exact mounting pattern as a SSD.
What a 2.5” HDD/SSD looks like once it has been installed onto the HDD carrier.
This T type of screw will be required for us to use in order to install the larger 3.5” HDD.
Same thing applies to our 3.5” HDD as the 2.5” HDD/SSDs, align the mounting holes on the carrier to the mounting holes on the 3.5” HDD and use the T type of screws to secure it to the carrier.
This is what the HDDs look like once installed onto the carrier as well as in the chassis.
Looking at the backside of the motherboard tray once everything has been installed. Nanoxia does include wire ties to secure the excess power cables to the motherboard tray. So far everything is going smoothly.
Closer look at the loops that are placed onto the motherboard tray for the included wire ties.
Well the CPU cutout is large enough to handle a great variety of different motherboards and their configurations.
Another nice a clean installation of my computer components into the chassis.
The only thing I had issues with was putting the side panel on the right hand side (backside motherboard tray side) did require me to lay the chassis onto its side and put the right side panel on. This could been easier if Nanoxia used a swing open type of side panel instead of the sliding locking type that is currently in play.
What the Deep Silence 1 looks like once all of the computer components have installed into this chassis.
Final Thoughts of the Deep Silence 1
Now for a chassis to be classified as a mid-tower and still be able to rival full-tower chassis’ is no easy feat. And when it comes to the Deep Silence 1, this chassis does exactly that. It gives us most of the capabilities that are only available in full tower chassis while maintaining a somewhat small foot print of the mid tower chassis. I will have to say that the Deep Silence 1 is another prime example that completely rethinks on how mid-tower cases are supposed to be like.
There are a couple of areas that concern me with the Deep Silence 1 chassis. Mostly these are areas that can be fixed by ensuring better quality control. Having HDD cages themselves arrive bent up did not help matters because I had to straighten them in order to remove the HDD carriers. Finally, the last one is the upper fan holder locking mechanism did not properly lock the fan into place. Again these areas can be reduced to a minimum by ensuring a higher quality control at the manufacturing plant or improved shipping boxes.
I am going to have to be honest here, receiving a chassis that had some problems like the Deep Silence 1 had when I first received it did put a sour taste in my mouth. But, even I realize that sometimes things do go wrong and not everything is going to be perfect all the time. So I will not hold the above issues against the overall scoring of the Deep Silence 1 mid-tower chassis.
The Deep Silence 1 chassis does come in four different color variations for us to choose from. These color choices are: Dark Black, White, Anthracite, and finally Silver. This case is available in Europe with an MSRP of $109. Nanoxia will begin selling cases on Newegg at the end of November or early December, so they will be available in North America very soon! Right now they are shipping the cases and they have to clear customs, so that is what is issue at hand!
Legit Bottom Line:
The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 is one of many perfect candidates for our computer systems that offers us usability in the years to come with an ever evolving ever changing computer world.