Specifications, Availability and Pricing
First off, the DS1 comes in four flavors. There is the black that I received, and there is "silver" that has silver doors and a black body, Anthracite (coal colored) doors on a black body, or a full on white version. Since we are discussing the outside, and the front doors, there are two of them with a thin black bezel surrounding them. The top door opens to give access to the fan controller and optical bays. The bottom door will give you access to a pair of 120mm fans to clean or replace them. On the top there is a pop-up I/O panel that offers audio, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity. Also on top is a piece that will lift straight up by moving a lever to give the Nanoxia Air Chimney a chance to work. The door panels are flat and featureless, except on the left side panel you can add a fan by removing part of the panel. Sleek, square, sexy and silent is the name of the game on the outside.
Inside the DS1 you have three 5.25" bays that have tool-less clips on both sides of the bay for a very secure locked fit of the drives. Moving down the front of the chassis you will run into a total of eight 3.5" bays broken up into three sections. It is modular to allow room for water cooling goodies like a radiator if it is all removed, and also gives the chassis the room to hold 445mm worth of video card. At the top of the chassis you can easily mount a pair of fans with the room left above the motherboard tray that will hold Micro ATX and ATX motherboards.
In the back of the chassis you are given another Silent Series fan, this time a 140mm to exhaust the chassis above the eight expansion slots and the PSU mounting area with a gasket in place. Dust filters are also a big deal these days, and there is a long one in the floor of the chassis, and the pair of 120mm fans in the front comes with them too.
As I write this up, there is no availability of the DS1 chassis from Nanoxia, because the chassis was only released to the public today. What I was able to ascertain is that they do plan to release this chassis over the pond first for the MSRP of 89.99 pounds including VAT. Going with the current exchange rate, if this case is destined to hit the US shores, it will set you back right around $145.
Ever so slightly the Nanoxia Deep Silence Series DS1 gets under the magic number of $150 chassis pricing. So let's get right to what we get so you can decide if Nanoxia has the new case for you.