Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Having had the opportunity to see three previous solutions in chassis design from Nanoxia, we have a pretty good handle on what these chassis are built for. First of all, the main point behind any of their cases is right in the naming: Deep Silence. In this quest to limit noise as much as possible, they have used ideas that we have seen many others offer, including solid doors on the front to redirect sound away from the user, sound absorbing materials applied to door panels as well as the doors, and use of a PSU gasket, but they have also taken an idea and ran with it since it first arrived, and that would be their Active Air Chimney. This feature allows users to close the top of the chassis for near silence when not in use or when they aren't needing the most out of the cooling system. When it is needed, there are panels that rise with the slide of a switch and allow these cases to vent freely through the top, increasing the cooling performance.
We saw the original, and we saw the second version, but we somehow missed out on the third version and were next given the DS4. We have seen this chassis evolve over the years, and again, we skip a generation as we look at their latest creation. As the title suggested, this is the largest Deep Silence chassis ever to be offered, and it includes room for anything from Mini-ITX on up to dual-socket HPTX boards like the EVGA series. On top of that, full provisions were made in this design to be sure to maximize the ability to water cool a system inside of this chassis. Considering the amount of hardware that can go into an SR-2 or SR-X build, having room in the front and in the top is a must, and Nanoxia delivers their own unique way of getting this done.
While the largest of all Nanoxia designs, this Deep Silence 6 we are about to see is also one of the heaviest cases we have ever received, and that includes the Cosmos 2. For a bit of perspective, think along the lines of a Sherman Tank of cases. With a chassis design that is along the realm of the 900D in size, it has much thicker steel used in the chassis construction. Nanoxia then added thick plastic panels to the front and back, and while they were at it, they added in some very dense noise absorbing materials to deliver a chassis that is just over 45 pounds empty. So, keep all that in mind as we look at this new beast of a chassis from Nanoxia.
In the chart provided by Nanoxia, we see the Deep Silence 6 comes to market in three colors: white, anthracite, and the black version we were given to test. This is the first chassis to be qualified as a "Big-Tower," so we will be calling it a super-tower from this point forward. The DS6 has two front doors that are clad in a brushed metal with plastic trim around the edges, but it offers a very squared off and blocky presence. The left side of the chassis offers optional fan placements, but the DS6 comes shipped with a sound proof plate out of the box. The back of the chassis offers us everything from water cooling holes with grommets to ten expansion slots, a fan, and a whole lot of perforated metal for passive ventilation. We already covered what the top offers in ventilation, but it is also where you find the front I/O panel that is hidden away under a cover. As for the right side of the chassis, it is flat and isn't much more than a panel of black paint applied with the same textured finish the rest of the chassis receives inside and out.
Inside of this chassis, there is compatibility for HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. The DS6 also offers four 5.25-inch bays, one of which is convertible to 3.5-inch via a supplied tray, and there is room for thirteen storage drives. To cool this monster, they have supplied the DS6 with five 140mm fans, but there are plenty more options to consider. The front of the chassis has a pair of 140mm fans and filters in the lower section of the bezel. On the other side of the HDD rack from those fans, there is a bracket. On this bracket, you can install fans and radiators for 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, or 280mm, including thick ones.
The top of the chassis has another two 140mm fans in it out of the box, but here you can also hang a radiator. Anything in the range of a single 120/140mm on through 280mm and 360mm radiators can go here. There is also a 140mm fan in the rear of the chassis, and the last optional location is in the floor and can only be used by removing the HDD rack that currently sits over it.
For so much material, so much size, and the features and styling offered in the DS6, we do find the pricing to be steep, but that was expected. Looking around the Internet to find the best deal available, we found that the availability of this chassis is somewhat limited in the US, but everywhere we looked, we found at least two of the three versions in stock and ready to ship. Since we display the actual pricing below at the time of posting, we will classify this in the over $200 USD category, and we don't see the price dropping that drastically anytime soon.
For this price, buyers expect everything and the kitchen sink, and by the time we are done looking at, building inside of, and testing out the Deep Silence 6, we will have a much better grasp on its value and if this behemoth is going to be the next chassis in your "must have" wish list.
PRICING: You can find the Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 retails for $229.99 at Amazon.
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