Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
A few manufacturers out there actually do read the reviews that are posted about their products rather than just look for what award can be pasted on the website, case and point with what happened with Nanoxia. Reviewing the DS6, we had made mention that we had seen every chassis since this series of cases were released to the market, well all but one. For some reason or another, this chassis seems to have been released later, but does fill the void in the series that we thought we had somehow missed, or maybe they had just skipped that number in the series.
While making your way from the original Deep Silence chassis all the way through to the DS6 we saw from them last, we have seen the chassis evolve, drastically change in size along the route, but a few things have always stayed a constant, and can be found in this latest midi-tower design as well. Nanoxia is known for the fact that their chassis designs are strong as an ox, they have always offered a nice blend in their feature set, they engineer these cases with the intent to be a silent as possible, hence the name, but also take the extra step to use sound absorbing materials and sound redirection to accomplish this time and time again.
While it may indeed seem a little odd that we have seen versions one through six first, skipping right over number three, but we are here to change that today. While we see many, and we mean many cases rolling through the labs all the time, it is sort of rare that we know the entire lineup of cases as well as we do these from Nanoxia. With an already great handle on what Nanoxia has been about in the past, and with what we have been able to find out with the latest, their Deep Silence 3 midi-tower, it may be a little late to the naming game, but as you will see, this is another top notch design from the people at Nanoxia, and well worth a serious look at what we are about to show.
We have already addressed that this is the Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 chassis, and while we received the black version, there is another color option in anthracite as well. While we find the Midi-tower classification slightly odd, that is what they are calling this steel chassis that stands 456mm tall, is 207mm in width, is 520mm deep, and weighs in at 9.3 kg completely empty. While most midi-tower cases only allow for Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, the DS3 will also allow for an ATX motherboard, and it has seven expansion slots too.
In this design, we are offered three 5.25" bays, but they are concealed behind a door that is magnetically attached at one side and swings open to the right. The door offers sound absorbing material, and the front is covered with a slick finish to match the rest of the bezel. On top of just access to the optical drives, there is also a pair of fan controller switches, and each will power three fans. There is also room inside for up to five 3.5" drives and another section of the HDD cage that allows for only 2.5" drives, but there is room for three drives there. Another feature to this HDD cage is that it is also completely removable and reconfigurable as well.
Cooling this chassis there is a pair of 120mm fans in the front of the chassis acting as the intake, and is the source of cool air into the chassis. To help this flow along as well as helping to exhaust it, there is a third fan sent in the chassis, located in the rear of the case, and again is 120mm in size. For any additional cooling needs one might have when looking to buy this chassis, there is still room in both the top of the chassis to allow for yet another pair of 120 or 140mm fans. The floor also offers an optional location, but allows only a single 120mm or 140mm fan.
In our borders, the Deep Silence 3 chassis is in limited supply, but is not surprising either, as previous cases were also a touch hard to find in the past. We were however able to locate a listing at Amazon.com with Nanoxia as the reseller name, and it was there we found the $109.75 pricing with free shipping. That price is down from the $119.99 MSRP that is listed in that ad as well, so there is a bit of introductory savings still going on as well. For a mid-tower chassis, that pricing seems spot on for the feature set, and classifying this as a midi-tower is slightly confusing all the way around as well.
While offering an impression it is smaller, we don't feel cost should be with mid-tower or full-tower offerings, and had the naming been with one less "i" in it, not only would the pricing "feel" better, but it would actually fit the design. While we obviously have our opinion, stick around and see what Nanoxia is offering, as we aren't saying it is not worth the investment, just that you need to look past the confusion to what the Deep Silence 3 chassis really is, a well equipped mid-tower chassis that you will likely have a good use for.
PRICING: You can find the Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 Mid Tower Case 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 3 Mid Tower Case retails for $98.99 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 Midi-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the DS3]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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