Cooler Master Silencio 652S Tower Case

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There's nothing complicated about assembling a system inside the Silencio 652S as it has a traditional tower layout and the usual mounting methods for the various components. However, some thought is required on how to configure the hard drives, and the area behind the motherboard tray is cramped, making it tricky to to get the side panel on when all th cables are tuck away back there.

The plastic drive trays are a two-piece solution that grip together at two different points in order to support both 2.5 and 3.5-inch models. They use a simple side bolt/grommet scheme and can expand wider than necessary so even 3.5-inch drives can be installed/removed without bending the tray.

The sides of the upper drive cage take some serious force to remove but doing so opens up the airflow path of the top intake fan. This also decreases the structural stability of the bottom hard drive cage, so you have to decide which is more important.

The test system fully assembled. I mounted the hard drive in the bottom cage as it's more stable, and the upper drive cage restricts the amount of airflow directed toward the graphics card. The drive snaps in tight. GPU clearance obviously isn't an issue. Our Mugen Max has 2.0 cm of space above it, making the CPU cooler height limit a generous 18 cm.

Behind the motherboard tray, the cable tie-down points are well spaced so there are a variety of options for positioning all the wires.

Despite being a somewhat wide tower, the 652S doesn't offer much room on this side. Closing the side panel can be a pain if everything isn't smartly organized.

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