Cooler Master Silencio 450: Silence on a Budget?

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Cooler Master Silencio 450: Silence on a Budget?

January 30, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Cooler Master Silencio 450
ATX Tower Case
Street Price

Last year, Cooler Master surprised us with the Silencio 550, one of the rare sub-US$100 tower cases that actually lived up to its quiet billing. It had a pleasant appearance, quiet fans, acoustic dampening foam, a removable hard drive cage, and other extras like a SATA hard drive docking bay, USB 3.0, and an SD memory card reader thrown in. Like most noise-conscious cases, it was airflow-starved, resulting in a rather toasty environment for higher-end systems, but only a select few models like the Antec Solo II are built and designed well enough to overcome such obstacles. The Silencio 450 is a follow-up to the 550, but not an update; actually it is a less costly model for those seeking quiet operation on a shoestring budget.

The box.

Like the 550, the Silencio 450 boasts sound damping foam, quiet fans, USB 3.0, and an SD card reader, but also adds a unique feature: the ability to flip the location of the door hinge. Doors typically flip open right to left, making it a pain for users who keep their cases on their right; the 450 gives you to the option to have it swing out from either side.

The Silencio 450.

The 450 is also a less attractive case, ditching the glossy full-length door for a half height door with a matte finish and front ports exposed at the center, pushed in compared to the surrounding surface. It appears that airflow hasn't improved, as the vents along the sides of the front bezel still run only halfway up. It's a smaller chassis as well, with a waistline 0.7 inches slimmer than the 550, and at 13.7 lb is almost 7 lb lighter than its predecessor. This immense savings in construction material indicates a much weaker build quality.

Included with the case were two expansion slot covers, dampening pads for the power supply, a PC speaker, strap-ties and screws segregated by thread in separate bags. A nut-driver was thrown in with the brass standoffs because the motherboard mounting holes were not fully-threaded.

Specifications: Cooler Master Silencio 450
(from the product web page)
Available Color Full Black
Material Steel body, plastic front bezel
Dimension (W / H / D) 194 x 451.45 x 494.75 mm (7.63 x 17.77 x 19.47 inch)
Weight 6.2kg / 13.66 lb
M/B Type Micro-ATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 3 exposed
3.5" Drive Bay 1 exposed, 5 hidden
I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, Mic x1, Audio x 1, SD card reader x 1
Expansion Slots 7
Cooling System Front: 120mm fan x 1, 800 RPM
(can support 140mm fan x 1)

Rear: 120mm fan x 1, 800 RPM
(can support 80/90mm fan x 1)
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 (optional)
2.5"/3.5"- SATA HDD Drive Bay 1 hidden
Maximum Compatibility CPU cooler height: 6.16" / 156.5mm
VGA card length: 11.06" / 281mm
16.61" / 422mm (Without HDD cage)

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