Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid-Tower Case Review

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I actually work in commercial real estate in real life (as opposed to the doctor I play on TV and component reviewer I play on the web). Resultantly, I spend a lot of time actually talking about cooling in my day job, with architects and engineers, and more so with tenants. While most people would assume that the bulk of tenant relations would revolve around leases, space improvements, etc., the reality is that about 90% of tenant initiated contact involves a temperature condition. Granted, many times it is two people sharing a common area alternating in “too hot” and “too cold” complaints….but solving that really isn’t part of my job.

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I actually do have a tenant with a similar alternating complaint, but with a different kind of twist. It typically starts with a complaint of one of their conference rooms being too warm. Seems simple enough, just turn up the AC, right? Well, doing that brings the next call with the complaint that the vents are too loud with the air movement turned up that high. Some of you may think that is natural, when you turn your AC up it gets loud, but it was actually caused by an error in initial engineering of the room (not going to go into the fact that at least six of us pointed it out when we saw the first set of plans….). The reason for it is that the air ducts are too small, and there is too much air trying to be forced through them. This is what causes noise in air movement, and the same holds true in computer cases. Silence and good airflow can, in fact, go hand in hand, but it takes proper engineering from the start to make it happen.

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The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 takes mid-tower versatility to the next level, using an incredibly advanced array of cooling and layout options, all while keeping airflow and silence as its main focus. The keys to the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1’s success are a unique chimney system, 8 modular and moveable HDD bays and the use of their highly successful Deep Silence fans throughout. While the DS1 bills itself as “water cooling ready”, it is much closer to a “water cooling marvel”, with top space for one 240/280mm, front 240mm (or 120mm) and rear 120/140mm. The modular HDD cages can be moved back in the case to open up room for the front radiator to sit behind the stock 120mm intake locations, with plenty of room to spare for thick radiators and/or push pull configurations. The extended top of the Deep Silence 1 offers mounting options for 120/140/240/280mm radiators and fans with a variety of offsets to suit your particular components. Air cooling is not neglected, as the included two 120mm intake and 140mm exhaust provide excellent airflow, and the Deep Silence 1 is compatible with CPU coolers up to 185mm in height. On the top, we find two interesting features, a flip up panel for front I/O with USB 2.0 and 3.0 and audio, and the unique top chimney. The chimney is a large portion of the top which can be raised to provide increased airflow or sealed to promote silent computing, all with the simple slide of a lever. The side panels of the Deep Silence 1 are coated with noise absorbing material to tame even the loudest fan noise, and all intake fan points have easily removable and cleanable dust filters.

 

 

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