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Nanoxia Deep Silence DS1 Mid-Tower Chassis Review - Inside the Nanoxia DS1

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 7, 2012 6:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Nanoxia

Inside the Nanoxia DS1




Both of the side panels offer this large pad of sound absorbing material applied to the inside. The left side panel is a bit different though as it offers the removable panel to allow users to mount a 120mm fan to the door to cool video cards more directly.




Inside of the DS1 you can see the paint is semi-gloss and it reflects a fair bit of light inside for an all black chassis. You can also see the wiring it tied up for transit, and the hardware box can be located in the hard drive bays at the bottom.




On both sides of the three optical bays you are given these tool-free latches to secure your devices, and they can be backed up with screws. There is also a floppy drive/ card reader adapter tray in the lowest bay, but I will show you that on the accessories page.




You also have room for up to eight 3.5" drives in the DS1. The reason that the rack is broken up into three components is to allow you modularity to use what you need and get rid of the rest if you don't need it in there.




The top two cages slide out by releasing a latch. If you want to remove the bottom three bays, you need to slide back the dust filter and remove some screws for it to be able to go free.




There is a plastic tray installed in the floor of the DS1 that allows you to also add the removable sections to the side to still allow for more than two or three drives, but still affording room for a long video card. You can also remove the plate to expose a 120mm fan mounting position under it.




In the roof of the chassis you are given a few options. You can install 120mm fans, 140mm fans and even a 200mm fan in the roof. There is a fair bit of room for fans, but not enough for both a radiator and the fans to cool it.




The motherboard tray will house an ATX or a Micro ATX motherboard. There are nine wire management holes including the two slots at the top, and it offers seven tie points around the board. You also receive grommets in most of the management holes to allow for a much cleaner finished product.




The floor of the chassis is fully ventilated with a honeycomb mesh that extends under the plastic HDD rack plate on the right. In the middle there is a pair of rubber pads to help support the weight of the PSU that goes in there.




Inside the rear of the chassis you will see the green blades of the 140mm fan strapped in there. You can also see that there are thumbscrews used to lock in the expansion cards and the vented covers. The last thing to cover is the gasket that Nanoxia applies to the PSU mounting area to isolate any vibrations.




Behind the motherboard tray there is plenty of room for routing any and all of the wiring. In some spots there is a bit less, but on average you have three quarters of an inch to work with here.




I like that all of the wiring is black, and I really like the flat cables used on the native USB 3.0. You also get a Molex connection to power the six fan leads to the right. You also get the audio, USB 2.0 and the F_Panel wires to complete the kit.

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