When sitting here rehashing what all the Deep Silence 3 from Nanoxia offers, there is a lot to check off on the good side. It is a simple yet elegant looking exterior, and best of all, one thing you don't find outside of this chassis and is most annoying in many others designs; noise. From every angle in the way this chassis was designed, from using side vents on the front bezel to redirect sound and offset what the customer hears is a great start. Offering up fully padded side panels also kills quite a bit of sound.
Attending to the top fan locations, but covering them as well with pads really does make this chassis one of the most silent offerings we have ever tested to date. Inside, there is more than enough bays offered in the front, the ODD bays are tool-free on both sides, the HDD bays may be complicated to remove, but it is possible. There are grommets everywhere, ample tie points, the list does go on and on, but worth mentioning the most out of them is the fact that this chassis is as solid as a rock with or without the side panels and drive bays.
There is a very short list of things we found not to our liking, but they are worth mentioning. First of all and most detrimental to the DS3 feature set was the Molex lead for the fan controllers being improperly made. One of the two leads had somehow broken when made or in transit, and was freely flopping around. Looking in the Molex connector, we found that someone simply forgot how to use a crimping tool properly, and while we could have fixed it and carried onward, most users will not want to deal with something like this in a brand new chassis. We like that there is a top fan option, and with a thin radiator and only a single set of fans a 280mm AIO is possible in the top of the chassis.
However, at the same time, they offset the 120mm fan spacing too far to allow any options other than just fans to cool there. The last thing we want to address is that they classify this as a midi-tower, and while anyone can call it whatever they want when they come up with a name idea on a product, we do find it a bit confusing for the features and capabilities of this, what we would address as a mid-tower chassis.
Even with our personal points of interest addressed, we do not see them as real deal breakers. Mistakes can happen, and know that Nanoxia would have sent us a new panel with the wiring correct if we asked. Naming, who cares if the case does what you need. It can be the "flying purple people eater" for all we care. If it takes care of the needs and wants like the Deep Silence 3 Midi-tower chassis does, that is all that matters.
While you may find offerings with an easier to use HDD cage assembly, it is few and far between that you get it inside of a chassis so solid, hefty, and dead silent from our perspective. Of course, on a technical level, there is some noise, but you really have to hunt and intentionally find it. While it is $109.75, we feel the feature set, the aesthetics, and silence will put this chassis right to the top of many buyers "must have" lists.
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.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: A fitting chassis for the Deep Silence series from Nanoxia. While a little late, the DS3 midi-tower is indeed very silent, beefy and solid, is easy on the eyes, and comes at a fair price point.
- 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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