Case Interior and Cooling
External IO is located at the top of the case and features a Cooler Master shaped power button, two USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack supporting both headphones and microphone. Behind all that you’ll find a single card reader supporting both SD and MMC memory cards giving you plenty of options for transferring data to and from your Silencio S600
As another dress up part the case features AV style “feet” with a shiny metal band and rubber base. To be honest I was really surprised to see them
When most people think “silent case” they often associate that with a poorly cooled chassis, either with weak fans or restrictive openings. For this most part this association is true, for a case to be silent you need to absorb or “trap” the sounds inside the case from getting out. The best way to do that is to make the openings small and use quiet fans.
Cooler Master has taken a different approach with the Silencio S600 by adding sound absorption material (not a new thing btw) and being careful to prevent line of sight to what makes noise. In this case the fans. What is best about the S600 is that all of this “restrictive” cooling is reversible.
At the top of the case you’ll find a cover plate over the top two 120mm fan locations. If you aren’t using the “blowhole” cooling position you can simply block the fan locations and prevent any noise from escaping.
However, if you need the space for a radiator or additional fans you can remove the cover and install a magnetic grill cover that not only retains the clean look of the S600 but allows air to escape. Yes the mesh is restrictive but, it also works or can be removed completely.
From the factory Cooler Master is including two 120mm FP120 Fans, one in the front and one in the back. This fan is based on the Master Fan Air Pressure design allowing it to move more air and make less noise over other designs. Most case makers have stopped including a rear exhaust fan due to the prevalence of AIO watercoolers and I’m glad to see that Cooler Master has resisted the urge. Pluse if you happen to install an AIO the fan in the back can be moved to the front since most AIO coolers come with a fan anyway.
Of course if you need more cooling the S600 supports up to five fans before you need to start removing parts and should be plenty for just about any build.