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.

Deep Silence 1

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.

Deep Silence 1

Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Specifications:

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

  • Air Chimney (protected design)
  • Tool-free mounting of optical drives
  • Full modular HDD cages (2, 3, 5, 6 or 8 HDD
  • 8 Slots for expansion cards
  • Maximum graphics card length
  • Maximum height of CPU-coolers
  • 2-channel control for up to six case fans
  • Ventilation system
  • Cable management
  • Made for watercooling enthusiasts
  • Deep Silence 1 Packaging

    Deep Silence 1 Box Front

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Box Left Side

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Box Right Side

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Box Opened

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Accessories

    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:

    Deep Silence 1 Chassis

    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

    Deep Silence 1 Front

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Top

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 5.25 Bay Cover Removal

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fan Opening

    Opening up the lower front door, reveals the two included 120mm front fans and their respected carriers with removable fan filters.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fan Removal

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fans

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fan Filters

    Demonstrating that the fan filters are easily removed from the fan carriers.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fan Locks

    A closer look at the locking mechanism that holds the fan carriers on to the front bezel.

    Deep Silence 1 Left Side Panel

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Top Lock

    Directly above the left side panel is a sliding button.

    Deep Silence 1 Top Lock

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Backside

    Turning our attention over to the backside of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Back Top

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Back PCI Expansion Ports

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Back PSU Mount

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Right Side

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Top

    Putting the chassis on its side so that we can see how the top of this chassis is laid out.

    Deep Silence 1 Top Opened

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front IO

    On the front of the chassis is the on/off switch, then directly behind this switch is another little hidden door.

    Deep Silence 1 Front IO

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Bottom

    Time for me to look at the bottom of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Bottom Filter

    Nanoxia uses a rather large single fan filter that covers a rather large portion of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Bttom Feet

    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

    Deep Silence 1 Inner Side Panel

    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’.

    Deep Silence 1 Interior

    Time for me to start the interior overview of the Deep Silence 1 chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Front 5.25 Bays

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 HDD Cages

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 HDD Carrier Removal

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 HDD Carrier

    Each HDD carrier can handle either a 2.5” HDD/SSD or the larger 3.5” HDD.

    Deep Silence 1 Optional HDD Holder

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 PCI Expansion Ports

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Rear Exhaust Fan

    A better look at the 140mm rear exhaust fan that Nanoxia includes with this chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Top Optional Fan Mounts

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 CPU Cutout

    The CPU cutout appears to be large enough to handle a large variety of different motherboards and their multitude of different configurations.

    Deep Silence 1 CPU cutout Measurement

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front IO hookups

    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:

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Fan Holder Removal

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Front Radiator installment Demonstration

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Interior Measurement
    Deep Silence 1 Interior Measurement

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Behind Motherboard Measurement

    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

    Deep Silence 1 PSU Installment

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Motherboard Installed

    The motherboard went right in, so far the interior does not look to be overcrowded.

    Deep Silence 1 5.25 Drive Installation
    Deep Silence 1 5.25 Drive Installation
    Deep Silence 1 5.25 Drive Installation

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 2.5 HDD/SSD Installation

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 2.5 HDD/SSD Installed

    What a 2.5” HDD/SSD looks like once it has been installed onto the HDD carrier.

    Deep Silence 1 3.5 HDD T Screw

    This T type of screw will be required for us to use in order to install the larger 3.5” HDD.

    Deep Silence 1 3.5 HDD Installation

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 HDD/SSD Installed Chassis

    This is what the HDDs look like once installed onto the carrier as well as in the chassis.

    Deep Silence 1 Behind Motherboard Installation Check

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Motherboard Tray Wire Loops

    Closer look at the loops that are placed onto the motherboard tray for the included wire ties.

    Deep Silence 1 CPU Cutout Check

    Well the CPU cutout is large enough to handle a great variety of different motherboards and their configurations.

    Deep Silence 1 Final Installation Check

    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.

    Deep Silence 1 Finished Installation

    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.

     

    Deep Silence 1

     

    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.

    Deep Silence 1

    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.