Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Quiet Chassis Review

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Posted by on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:51pm

But a company can't survive on just one case; you have to give the people options. And that is just what Nanoxia has done. Enter the Deep Silence 2 aka DS2. The DS1 has much of the styling the DS1 has but Nanoxia has simplified some things to make the case meeker and a little more cost friendly. We will point out many of the differences as we walk through the DS2.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Chassis Review

Introduction

We had the pleasure of reviewing Nanoxia's Deep Silence 1 quiet chassis. It was the perfect case for a company to enter the market on. It has all the features of a case that would cost twice as much. A couple of the features stood out and made the DS1 hard to forget and that would be the pop-up vent on the top of the case as well as the pop-up I/O plate. The styling was simple but classy just the way many of us like our cases to be.

But a company can't survive on just one case; you have to give the people options. And that is just what Nanoxia has done. Enter the Deep Silence 2 aka DS2. The DS1 has much of the styling the DS1 has but Nanoxia has simplified some things to make the case meeker and a little more cost friendly. We will point out many of the differences as we walk through the DS2.

Nanoxia's take on the Deep Silence 2

Now that our Deep Silence 1 case has impressed testers all over the world and was presented with lots of awards, the Deep Silence 2 enters the stage.

Just like with our Deep Silence 1 we put the highest value on a stylish design, coupled with coherent and meaningful features. The Deep Silence 2 meets the expectations of a perfect symbiosis of ideal system cooling and sensationally low noise levels especially for High-End systems


Specifications

EAN

4260285296208

Case Type

Midi Tower

Form Factor

E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX

5.25 inch drive bay external

3 x

3.5 inch drive bay external

1 x (optional)

2.5/3.5 inch drive bay internal

7 x

Case Fan (Front)

2 x 120 mm + 2 x 120 mm optional (Mounting Bracket)

Case Fan (Rear)

1 x 120 mm

Case Fan (Top)

optional 2 x (120/140 mm)

Case Fan (Bottom)

optional 1 x (120/140 mm)

Case Fan (Left Side panel)

optional 1 x (120/140 mm)

Height (Approx.)

468 mm

Width (Approx.)

207 mm

Depth (Approx.)

588 mm

Material

steel, plastic

Weight (Approx.)

10.96

Maximum installation height of CPU coolers

165 mm

Maximum VGA Card Length

345 (370) mm

Features

Classic design - Made in Germany
Highly efficient, stealthy ventilation system
Maximum functionality and adaptability
Particularly quiet thanks to its integrated sound dampening system and focused design


Closer look at the exterior

One of the few similarities between the DS2 and DS1 is the fact they sure color options. The DS2 is also available in dark black, silver, anthracite and white. The colors are very flavorful and appeal too many.

The DS2 is 18.4" tall making it shorter than the DS1 by almost two inches. The DS2 does have an advantage when it comes to depth as it is 23.1" as the DS1 is 20.4". Yes, does mean the DS2 will support large video cards to be exact 17" card support compared to 13". But really how many cards out there are over 13"?

The front fascia styling is very similar to the DS1. A single door occupies the space, which is for access to the optical drive bays. The difference here is the DS1 has two doors with the second to access the cooling fans up front. See the sound dampening material?

Opening the top door there are three optical drive bays like on the DS1. There is also a dual controller that can support up to a total of six fans. The DS1 also has two controllers but is arranged differently. The system's reset button is located behind the same door.

The bottom half of the front panel is a simple plate. One may ask how does the intake happen? Well, cool air is pulled in from the sides and bottom.

The top of the case consist of a couple of 120/140mm vent areas. There is plenty of room for a third which would be nice for a 360mm water-cooling radiator.

Moving forward we have the I/O panel which consists of two USB 3.0 and a single USB 2.0 port. Usually this arrangement is the opposite. The power button resides between the USB and dual audio ports.

The rear of the DS2 is more simplistic than that of DS1. There is one less expansion slot at seven. Ventilation is well represented in many forms which would include a 120mm cool and slotted slot covers.

No windows are on the Nanoxia DS2.

The right side panel is a simple sheet of light-weight metal. Nanoxia stated all panels as 0.7mm thick.

The bottom of the case rest off the ground because of four round metal and rubber feet. A long dust filter prevents dust from entering the power supply.


Closer look at the interior

The interior of the dS2 is simply sweet looking. The black paint job is very impressive. The overall layout is well arrangement and allows for some interesting setups.

Nanoxia integrated outlets covering almost every corner of the motherboard tray for routing cables to the reverse side of the tray. The CPU cutout is of a modest size. It's not the largest we have seen but should suit well for many mainboards.

Optical drives are secured in place using plastic mechanisms making it a tool-less operation.

There are seven HDD trays inside a single HDD cage. Each tray can also support a 2.5" drive by screwing it in the tray.

Support for two additional two 120mm fans or 240mm radiator on the inside plate of the HDD cage. If using a thin radiator a push/pull fan setup can be implemented.

The cage can be removed from the tower altogether allowing for a longer GPU or you can use the space to mount a water-cooling reservoir.

The case comes with a series of sound dampening plated mounted in the top of the case. If no fans are utilized in this location this is a good idea to limit the noise that could escape of the top.

There is enough space in the bottom of the case for a shorter PSU and a 120/140mm fan. If a longer PSU is used then the opening for the fan is a cast-off.

The inside rear of the DS2.


Build Images


Conclusion

Will I hype up the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 like I did with the original Deep Silence 1? Yes. Nanoxia has bought forth another great case that is full of potential. Given the name it is obvious that it is aimed at the builder that wants a very quiet rig. And the DS2 gives them that with all the sound dampening material on five of the six sides the case has.

Even if you are not looking for the quietest case out there the DS2 is capable of fulfilling other needs. I for one like all the water-cooling options the case has. There are a total of four places in this case where water-cooling radiators can be mounted. And two of the places can support 240mm rads. And one of these locations can support a rad using a push/pull fan configuration. And that is nothing having to eliminate the HDD cage.

And if you are a cooling fanatic you can add two more fans to the inside panel of the HDD cage giving any drives in the cage the benefits of a push/pull layout. This will also allow extra cooling to the video cards used in the system.

Giving the few reasons I have listed above I can see the DS2 being a better option for many than the DS1.

I personally like the size of the DS2 as it is long enough to accommodate a dream gaming rig. But it would please me a bit to see if Nanoxia was to make this model into a full tower allowing for more elaborate water-cooling setups as well as support quad GPU systems. Maybe in due time this is only Nanoxia's second case.

With many wanting to use large water-cooling rads, it would take a little modding for the DS2 to support a 360mm unit in the top panel. It is easily longer enough to achieve. Just wish Nanoxia would have made it easier. Then again, the case does support thick 120/240mm rads wish would give the user larger cooling capacities.

And to end this review we like to say the DS2 is very silent. After finishing the build, we did not hear an ounce of noise from the unit. The system was placed on the floor next to my desk to give you some idea of the placement. The large amount of dampening foam and quiet fans really gets the job done.

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