Cooler Master Silencio 650 Pure Review
Published: 19th August 2013 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: |
The Pure comes with exactly the same set of accessories and extras as the original case, 5 pairs of 3.5" drive brackets along with a "bag'o'screws", a buzzer, security bracket and a generous 12 quite long cable ties. However, unlike the original 650, the instruction booklet is gone, replaced instead with a sheet that unfolds to almost table cloth proportions. Still, at least the instructions are good and the diagrams clear.
As we've built into the 650 before we know largely what to expect as changes made make very little difference to this process. Perhaps a cable route change here or there as a result of the loss of the hot swap but that's about it. Room at the bottom of the case is still at a bit of a premium as although the hole is big, it's situated quite posteriorly so your PSU is probably going to cover a percentage of it. Having pushed the cables through to the back remember that as this is the only hole at the bottom, all the front I/O, USB and Audio cables are going to have to back through to attach to their motherboard headers.
Ok so it's not as spacious as a Trooper series, but there's enough room to manoeuvre both hands and cables inside the Pure. If you're wondering about watercooling support you'll be disappointed to learn there's only 35mm of room up top with no native suppot and no pre drilled holes for 240 rads. Shame really, as there are cases of this ilk out there that do offer native support
If you've read the review of the original 650 you'll know that we were critical of the spacing and distribuition of the vertical cable management holes, falling as they do, either side of the usual place for the 24 pin cable socket. Not a disaster by any means, but it does perhaps show a gap in Cooler Masters otherwise top notch attention to detail.
With all the cables sorted and tied in place, You might think we've managed to make a fairly decent fist of things and negated our concerns about the room back here. Don't be fooled though, even with this OC3D level of cable management it's still going to be a job to get the door on. If you think you can simply stuff the cables in and wedge it on, think again, it ain't going to happen.
At 207mm wide the Pure is able to accept coolers up to 162mm in height, shown below as usual with our NZXT Havik 120 to aid comparison. The vigilant amongst you will have noticed as we have that there's a discrepancy in the comparative heights with regards to the figures given for supported CPU cooler height. The original supports up to 168 and the Pure 162. The reason for this we think is that Cooler Master have measured differently, with the variance being explained by the inclusion or otherwise of the sound dampening foam in their calculations. Having measurd ourselves we can say that a 168mm cooler will fit, but it will compress the foam up against the side panel and may cause a bulge.
With the upper HDD cage left in the Silencio is still able to accept GPUs up to 269mm (10.5") in length. Should you want to slot in a monster then removing the upper HDD rack extends the depth available to 434mm (17.1"). if you can get by with 3 HDDs then the removal of the upper rack is probably the better option as it will also improve through case air flow. We were quite pleased with the build however as before our concerns about the crowding at the PSU hole and the room around the back were well founded, with us having to lay the case on its side and it taking two people to get the right hand side panel on.