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Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 preview: promising first chassis

Nanoxia is primarily known for making fans for computers, but earlier this year the company announced its first entry into the chassis market. Their product looked interesting on paper for several reasons. It's taken a while, but we've finally managed to get our hands on a test sample.

The Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 is a silent chassis, equipped with sound dampening materials to keep noise levels to a minimum. We've tested a number of those recently, so this article is as much a review of the Nanoxia Deep Silence as a round-up of silent computer chassis. So is this the chassis to get for a silent computer? Read on and you'll find out.

In addition to lots of sound-dampening material, the DS1 has a few neat tricks up its sleeve. You're able to change the lay-out of the hard disk cages, you can open an optional vent at the top and it's possible to put a grille with fan in the side panel. Plenty of customisation, in other words. The chassis is priced at around £90, which is about average for this segment.

Whatever you want to call this, it's not small by any means. With a volume of 60dm³ it is one of the biggest chassis we've tested in this class, even if the Antec P280 still is number one in that regard. Whether the same is true for cooling performance and noise levels, you will find out.

When you first look at the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 it's a familiar face. Okay, there are two doors instead of one, but the dark grey colour scheme reminds us of the Antec Performance One chassis and Fractal Design's Define R series. When you start looking a little closer, it becomes clear that the similarities are largely superficial. You can read the rest of Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 preview on