Silencio 352 Installation
We’ll go through some of the things we came across during installation. The system that went into this was a pretty decent system – a mATX Z87 system with liquid cooling, full SSD, and a high end GeForce 780 video card. While we didn’t attempt to stuff a ridiculous amount of hardware into a small space, this shows how easy it is to accommodate a very capable system in a small, relatively inexpensive case.
As mentioned on the previous page, the first thing we look for is how much room there is behind the motherboard tray. There is actually a decent amount of space in the Silencio 352, but most of this is wasted on a lip that extends back from the motherboard tray itself:
The good news of this photo is that it shows that there is plenty of room around the CPU, to allow for easy installation of CPU installation brackets.
The Silencio 352 can accommodate up to four 2.5″ drives (SSD). However these mounting points are hidden all over the inside of the case. Here are two of them, on the motherboard tray. Thankfully the tray has cutouts that make for easy cable routing – I just wish they were slightly bigger, to allow for 90 degree SATA cables. You can make them work, but it’s a tight squeeze. It may be possible for the SATA headers to jostle loose if the case gets moved around.
When installing drives this way, you must use the included mounting hardware. Unfortunately our particular case only came with 7 screws. Installation was tight enough with three of the four screws, and I’m sure Cooler Master would send a replacement if asked, so this isn’t a huge deal.
The other two SSD installation locations are on the top of the 3.5″ drive cage, and on the bottom of the 3.5″ drive bay. The drive cage is removable though, and I highly recommend you do so if possible. It will allow for much more airflow from the front intake.
Here is the result of our build, after all is said and done. Note that I try not to spend too much time on routing cables perfectly for reviews – if I did, every case would look better than it actually is. This is more to give readers an idea of what a ‘normal amount of effort’ installation will look like in the Silencio 352. By removing the 3.5″ drive case, there is a lot more room for the cables to stay out of the way of the intake fans.
And here’s what it looks like on the other side. That motherboard tray lip caused some issues – if you get this case, you may want to try routing every cable through the bottom cutout instead of lazily routing them from below the tray. This would make more use of what little space there is.
The Silencio 352 isn’t out in North America yet, but when it comes out it should be around $60. For that price, you get a mini tower case that can accommodate huge video cards, huge liquid coolers, and large CPU air coolers. All the intakes are protected from dust, and while more complicated, you can go full SSD with up to four 2.5″ drives.
The extra touches like USB 2.0 and 3.0 front ports, SD card reader, and sound dampening panels are all just icing on the case. Oh and it looks pretty nice too, on the inside and out.
So if you’re thinking about putting together a dedicated living room PC, I have no problem recommending the Silencio 352. It will accommodate as much horsepower as you’d want to put in it, and look good and sound quiet while doing it.