Inside the Silencio S600 Continued
Peeking at the rear from the inside, we see the second of the preinstalled 120mm fans. This one is PWM, just like the intake one upfront. We also get a view of the seven expansions slots which are externally accessible to give you that ten or so millimeters of extra internal volume.
Opening the rear panel, we get a glimpse into what Cooler Master has done to make your life easier in the cable management department. There are several tie-downs here, and Cooler Master defaults the cables to go through the middle, which is standard. I do think, however, that running the chassis front panel cables down the front channel may help tidy things up a bit, we will see when we build. We also see the PSU area and HDD cage locations, which we will look at next.
The 3.5" HDD cage is fixed in place and not movable, so whether you use it or not, it's a fixture. One thing I am unsure of is that Cooler Master opted for side rails for 3.5" drives, which means you cannot repurpose a tray in this area for 2.5" drives. Many users are starting to omit mechanical storage media as NAND prices drop precipitously, and SSD's are simply a far more feature-driven option. I do think that while Cooler Master's solution is nice, the trays while simple and old school allowed for the cage to be used if needed without 3.5" drives.
The PSU area is what you would expect with four raised pads for the PSU to rest on. The raised areas are cushioned with a rubberized foam, which enables a soft place for the PSU to rest on without metal to metal contact. The cage is close by, which is why Cooler Master lists the max PSU size as 180mm.
The front panel cable array is as follows:
- Power button, reset button, power and HDD LED connectors
- HD Audio connector
- USB connector for the SD Card reader
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector for the dual Type-A USB ports
This is enough for the included I/O, and I do like the inclusion of the SD card reader. However, if you do not use an SD card reader and your board is limited on internal USB pin headers, you can omit to plug that one in, in favor of your AIO, or whatever else your system may use on the USB 2.0 bus.
Also pictured here is the three-way splitter which comes preinstalled on the two fans in the chassis. I took it out so you can see it and how it works. The three-way splitter has a brown connector, which is where the main or only fan should connect as it has all four pins and allows the controller or motherboard to see the RPM of the fan. The other two fans receive a power, ground, and PWM signal to synchronize the fans.