Cooler Master Silencio 450: Silence on a Budget?

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The Cooler Master Silencio 450 is constructed primarily of steel with a plastic front bezel. It measures 19.4 x 45.1 x 49.5 cm or 7.6 x 17.8 x 19.5 inches (W x H x D) for a total case volume of 43.3 and weighs in at 6.2 kg or 13.7 lb.

Besides being reversible, the door feels surprisingly solid for a budget case. It closes solidly with a magnetic seal and is padded with foam on the interior. Underneath are mic, headphone, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and an SD card slot. Intake vents are situated on the bottom half of the front bezel running down both sides.

There's nothing remarkable at the rear of the case, though we noticed the side panel handles and screw holes don't line up with one another. The panels aren't interchangeable.

The Silencio 550's feet are shallow and wide, while the 450's are tall and narrow, making it easier to slide the case across a solid surface.

A filter is provided for the power supply fan, but it's very restrictive and cheaply made. It's just a piece of mesh held on with malleable steel tabs that. Also note four rubbery bits sticking out around the filter — it looks like they used rubber fan isolators to dampen the power supply inside.

The 450's side panels are 0.7 mm thick with 2~3 mm (when compressed) of sound dampening foam on the interior. They sheets are flat while on the 550, they have a wavy surface.

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