This seems as good of a time as any to get a good look at the inside of the front bezel of the Sileo 500. It is held into the chassis with three round clips on each side; squeezing them together releases the bezel and reveals this. The drive bay covers are held into place with a clip on one end to release it from the bezel and a tab that holds the opposing end. Keeping with the new trends in chassis development as of late, Cooler Master also goes wireless with this front panel.
Looking under what the front bezel was hiding, we get another look at the ventilated drive bay covers that also add structural support to the Sileo. Below these is the floppy drive slot, with the front I/O panel placed just below. Lastly, centered in the intake fan is the reason the front bezel is wireless. This little black box houses the system switches and activity LED's.
The front I/O contains, from the left, a USB 2.0 port, microphone and audio 3.5mm jacks, followed by another USB 2.0 port and concludes with an eSATA port on the right. It's a nice touch that the I/O panel is also finished in brushed aluminum to match the rest of the front.
Fast forward through some riser placement, screwing in the motherboard and some very basic wire management, this is what I was left with. With everything in place it is easy to see the Sileo 500 can house a pretty mean build. With the right PSU choice the possibilities for mATX and ATX builds are endless. I chose a passive card to allow for the silence of the Sileo 500 to have a good chance at being quiet, but I have also been able to fit my GTX 280 carefully into this chassis.
Once the optical drive is in position, the locking mechanism slides forward. Then gently slide the lock down until it clicks into position. There are holes for screws through the clips on this side, whereas on the rear you just screw through the steel cage.
The hard drive bays at the bottom only allow the drives to be installed with the connections facing out. I was able to wire it with no real issues and as you can see, I was even able to route the IDE cable cleanly around the rear, so multiple SATA cables should go easy as well.
The rear view of the Sileo 500 again, this time with everything just about ready to power up. I have just one thing to point out here. The PCI clips aren't the best. You can see the HD 2600 is sitting to the right a bit. This is easily remedied by placing a supplied screw into the card while the tool-less clip is in place, especially with heavier cards.
As I mentioned earlier, there wasn't much room to hide any wiring back here, but I did attempt to clean up the wiring that does pass through this side. Most of the PSU wiring was hidden in the 5.25" drive bays.
Once I got everything inside secure and was ready to attempt to boot up for the first time, I removed the drive bay cover and snapped it into place. It's a nice overall look with the drive exposed and everything is still flush and simple.
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