Coolermaster Sileo 500 Tower

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Sileo 500Coolermaster is adding there touch to another budget with some high-end features. The Sileo is a steel case with aluminum front facial that is simplistic to a point and remains visually attractive. Inside the tower Coolermaster loaded the sides of the case with sound dampening material and maintained the tool-less functionality that we have come to see from Coolermaster. What else does the Sileo have stored inside? Read on to find out.

 

 

Introduction to the Coolermaster Sileo 500

As of last we have taken a look at some of the best cases around. Many of them coming from Coolermaster, one of the leader in PC tower production. On the pages of Pro-Clockers in the past few months you will see cases like the HAF 932 LE, ATCS 840 and Sniper. All of which have been on the pricey (I am not saying them isn't worth it) or on the extreme side visually (for some). But there is another side to Coolermaster. A side that builds cost effective cases for those that want quality, functionality and good looks. Many of us are not strangers to these cases. Take a look at the Gladiator 600 and Scout Gaming Tower awesome cases for half the price of the first mentioned.

Coolermaster is adding there touch to another budget with some high-end features. The Sileo is a steel case with aluminum front facial that is simplistic to a point and remains visually attractive. Inside the tower Coolermaster loaded the sides of the case with sound dampening material and maintained the tool-less functionality that we have come to see from Coolermaster. What else does the Sileo have stored inside? Read on to find out.

CM on the Sileo 500

Sileo 500 - The cooler master's new soundproof definition to chassis. The Sileo 500 has installed sound proofing sound reduction material in 4 direction top, bottom, two sides of the chassis, anti-vibration pads in detachable HDD trays to absorb vibration and reduce noise, plus a comfort rare noise reduction pads for power supply. Besides Sileo 500 also has the tool-free technology for quick maintenance and upgrade. Sileo 500 create an absolute quiet environment, suitable for working office and study room.


Specifications

Available Color Black
 
Dimension (W / H / D) (W) 200 x (H) 432 x (D) 480 mm
(W) 7.9 x (H) 17 x (D) 18.9 inch
 
Weight Net Weight: 8 kg / 17.6 lb
Gross Weight: 9.7 kg / 21.4 lb
 
Material SECC body , AL bezel
 
Motherboards ATX / Micro-ATX
 
5.25" Drive Bay 5 Exposed
 
3.5" Drive Bay 1 Exposed
4 Hidden
 
I/O Panel USB 2.0 x 2, eSATA x 1, Mic x 1, Audio x 1
(supports HD audio)
 
Cooling System Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1
Rear: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1
 
Expansion Slots 7
 
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 (optional)

Features

  • Sound-proof design for a quiet computing experience
  • Subtle ventilation holes located between side and front panels
  • Easy access front I/O panel with support for e-SATA
  • 5.25" and 3.5" tool-free design for easy installation and upgrade
  • Aluminum bezel with Elegant design
  • Detachable anti-vibration HDD pads for noise reduction
  • Stylish front LED

Closer look at the outside of the Sileo 500

The Sileo comes in one color and one color only and that is black. Black has become the new beige of computer cases. But it is a far attractive color to the old beige cases that I am sure we will see this trend for some time to come. Another good thing about the Sileo 500 is that it comes with or without a 500 watt power supply. Shop Google with RC-500-KKR3-GP as your keyword to find pricing.

If you were only looking at the front facial of the Sileo 500 you would think it was made of aluminum. And you are correct the front is made of aluminum but that is it. The rest is made from SECC steel. The front is comprised of five 5.5" bays and a single 3.5" bay. This shot gives you a real good look at the brush aluminum finish. A second 3.5" bays is home to two USB, one eSATA and dual audio ports. The line flowing down the middle of the case is power and reset button that turns blue when powered up.

Turning the Sileo to the side you will there isn't too much going on here. There are no windows or fan mounting positions located on either panel. Air is vented into the case via small slots that align the gap between the front facial and the side panel.

The rear of the Sileo is a throwback to the original cases of yesteryear. Not too often do we see cases with top mounted power supply being the only option. Below is a 120mm cooling fan location and your typical seven expansion slots.


Closer look at the inside of the Sileo 500

A metal frame is what support the tower. We are not lucky enough to see a black interior to go with the black exterior. But you have to do some things to keep cost down. There is also no removable motherboard tray which is not too common in even more expensive cases.

One feature that is nice within the Sileo is that four sides of the inner case is covered with black foam to aid in the escaping of noise from the inside of the case. The sides includes the top, bottom and two side panels. The foam is a nice option to have both it does eliminate the adding of additional cooling fans.

Like all Coolermaster cases the front of the Sileo utilizes tool-less brackets to secure all drives and other bay devices. There are a total of five internal 5.25" bays and five smaller bays. The bottom HDD cages requires the use of included plastic brackets to secure any hard drives in place. Positioned in front of the bottom HDD cage is a black 120mm cooling fan. The bottom 3.5" would be ideal for a card reader or some sort of fanbus controller.

The rear of the case uses more plastic mechanisms to secure expansion cards in place. If your choose to you can remove this and use regular screws. Also we have a better image of the rear 120mm cooling fan. If you have paid attention to this article you will see there is a total of two 120mm fan in the Sileo. Both fans are rated for low noise to complete the quiet operation of the Sileo.


Conclusion

For less than $80 without power supply you can have a real good looking case in the Coolermaster Sileo 500. Add in another $30 or so you can opt for the power supply. With or without the power supply the Sileo is a really attractive case. The front is plain and simple with refined lines. This maybe of liking for the extreme gamer that would interested more in favor of the HAF 922 and Scout. And in operation the blue glow of the power button really adds to the elegance that is the Sileo 500.

The foam lined side panels of the Sileo 500 is great as it allows you to keep your insanity and not have to sever from noises that normally escapes from the inside of a case. But I persoanlly would have like to see atleast one fan in the left side panel which would help in the cooling of a nice passive GPU.

It is nice to see eSATA and great tool-less traits in a cases that cost too little. Many times you would just see a piece of plastic in the area where the eSATA should be. The tool-less side of the Sileo allows for keep installation of expansion cards and drives.

 

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