For being Nanoxia’s first case I am very impressed. They set out to create a great silent case and they have done just that. Nanoxia has used sound dampening material on both side panels and on the front doors. They have included three of their own Deep Silence cooling fans. There are rubber grommets on the hard drive trays to cut down on vibration. And the air chimney allows you to close off the top of the case for silent operation. All of this makes this one of the quietest cases that we have reviewed.
On top of being silent the Deep Silence 1 looks great as well. It has that sleek plain box look that many other silent cases have. Nanoxia offers it in 4 different color options. The two front doors on the case keeps the front of your case clean even if you have optical drives installed. The green illumination around the power button is subtle, but adds to the sleek design of the case. Keeping with the sleek design Nanoxia has hidden your front panel connections. They are in a compartment at the top of the case that comes up when pressed in, it is actually pretty cool.
You want a silent case, but you still need to keep it cool as well. Nanoxia has included three of their own Deep Silence cooling fans (2x 120mm, 1x 140mm). These fans are extremely quiet. If you want to add more fans you can add two 120/140mm fans to the top, one 120/140mm fan to the bottom and one 120/140mm fan to the side panel. The two included fan controllers support 3 fans each so that covers all of the fans that you could install in the case. One of my favorite features of the case is that the front two case fans have tool-less mounting and can be accessed from the front of the case. They include easy to remove fan filters and there is a long fan filter on the bottom of the case for your power supply.
Even though this is a mid tower case you can fit quite a lot inside the case. As far as storage goes you can have up to 8 hard drives and 3 optical drives. Each of the three hard drive trays can be removed for installation of longer video cards or watercooling accessories. There is a secondary hard drive tray placement closer to the power supply so you can still have quite a lot of drives installed if you move the cages. Talking about watercooling accessories this case allows you to mount most 240mm radiators either in the front of the case or on the top. This is one of the main reasons this case is wider than other cases, so it can accommodate larger radiators.
There are quite a lot of cable routing holes to route all of your cables. Towards the top of the case you have a large opening for your CPU power cable and of course there is a CPU cutout that will allow you to install aftermarket CPU coolers without having to remove your motherboard. Even though it seems as if there is quite a lot of room behind the motherboard tray there really was not. I was not able to completely close the back side panel on the case properly. I really hope Nanoxia addresses this issue on their upcoming revision of the case.
If you are looking for a silent case the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 is a great choice. I cannot find this case for sale anywhere in the US yet, but the price should be around $130. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 case a 9 out of 10 score.
- Sleek design
- Many silent operation features
- Support for up to 8 hard drives and 3 optical drives
- Different configuration options for the hard drive cages
- 3 included fans and dual fan controller
- Wider than most cases for support of larger radiators
- Would have liked to have seen more room behind the motherboard tray.
Jul 08, 2014 0