Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 review: the price of silence

It's pretty silent, but at the cost of almost all cooling



The Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 looks sharp, a massive black monolith standing quite high on its legs. The legs look a bit look those on hifi equipment, but we're not huge fans of the shiny chrome look. The extra space underneath does increase the airflow underneath the chassis.

On the front there's a door that opens to the right, which closes by means of a magnetic connector. Only one, not two like on the earlier version of this chassis. Behind it are three 5.25-inch expansion slots. There's a reset button too, precariously close to the point where you open the door. It requires some force to press down, so it's unlikely you'd accidentally restart your PC. Nevertheless, a more logical position would have made sense, more towards the bottom where the slide controllers are for the fans. 

Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Black

The frontal connectors are on the top, two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port along with the audio jacks. The one frontal connector does take up one internal header that could provide two USB ports, which is a bit odd. The USB 3.0 ports use the internal header, so here you do get both.

The external finish is of high quality, but the material that's used is thicker and heavier than what's typical nowadays. The chassis feels very sturdy, almost of an old-fashioned level of quality. Nanoxia claims that German engineers design its chassis, and it's clear this 'gründlichkeit' is more than just a marketing ploy.

Like the Deep Silence 1, the inside of the door is covered in sound-dampening material. It's not possible to open the bottom. To get in air, there are vents on both side of the front panel, but don't expect to get a huge amount of airflow.

In the top there are a number of mounting points for fans. These might disappear in future revisions, like they did from the left side panel after customer feedback said the side looked better without them. It's commendable that Nanoxia pays such close attention to its customers and is willing to incorporate it so fast into their products.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Black

The back of the chassis is straight-forward. Seven slots for expansion cards, two openings for liquid cooling hoses and at the bottom space for the PSU.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Black


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