Late last year we tested a pretty interesting chassis called the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1. It offered a number of clever features and pretty good performance, good enough for a Silver Award at the time. Since then a second model was introduced, the Deep Silence 2. It's actually not a successor, but a more basic and affordable version. We took a closer look.
The Deep Silence 2 has an average price of just £86, and two fairly unique qualities. It's big enough for E-ATX motherboards, which is rare for this price segment. It's also designed to fit a radiator for liquid cooling. And like the Deep Silence 1, silence is supposed to be paramount.
There's no denying there's a lot of competition in this segment. We've tested 30 chassis in this price class, ranging from £68-£103. The Deep Silence 2 falls exactly in the middle. Below you can see the wildly differing volumes of the chassis in this segment, based on their external dimensions.
The Deep Silence 2 is fairly large at 58 dm³, since it's pretty deep. It's not much smaller than the slightly more expensive Deep Silence 1. The weight of 10.8kg is on the high side.
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 5.25in 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. You can read the rest of Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 preview on Hardware.info.