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Coolermaster Sileo 500: A Quiet Case by Coolermaster?
May 26, 2009 by Lawrence Lee
To this point Coolermaster has had a reputation for putting out cases that
are either simple and utilitarian, or massive and complex. The Sileo 500 is
decidedly different it is marketed specifically as a quiet enclosure. Its
name you may think is fake Italian for "silly" but it's actually Latin for "silent."
So what makes a case quiet anyway? Fundamentals are thoroughly covered in our Cases: Basics & Recommendations article. In a nutshell, first it needs
quiet fans. Secondly, it can't have gaping holes on every side, for noise to
attack you directly... some of Coolermaster's cases have huge, multiple fan
placements directly on the side panel. Last but not least, it needs to have
methods of dealing with both vibration and airborne noise. It will be interesting
to see how Coolermaster, not known for their silencing gear, dealt with these
fundamental issues, if at all.
The Sileo 500. So far so good the case looks solid all around.
Feature & Brief
| Sound-proof design for a quiet computing
||If it's soundproof, it should be silent,
not just quiet.
| Subtle ventilation holes located between
side and front panels
||Fewer openings means less noise escaping,
but lack of ventilation can also be a problem.
| Easy access front I/O panel with support
||Recently it seems case manufacturers
have been favoring eSATA rather than FireWire.
| 5.25" and 3.5" tool-free design
for easy installation and upgrade
| Aluminum bezel with Elegant design
||No cheap plastic here.
|Detachable anti-vibration HDD pads for noise
||Addressing hard drive vibration is an
absolute must for a case design for quiet operation.
|Stylish front LED
||As long as it doesn't annoy
or blind us, we'll be happy.
||(D) 480 x (W) 200 x (H) 432mm
||9.7 kg; 21.38 lb
|5.25" Drive Bay
|3.5" Drive Bay
||1 Exposed; 4 Hidden
||USB x 2,
eSATA x 1,
Mic x 1,
Audio x 1
||Front: One 120 x 25mm standard
Rear: One 120 x 25mm standard fan
||Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
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