When I first saw the Silencio S600, I knew it had the potential to take make a good spot for itself among the silent PC case category. When I started building in it, I feel that like most Cooler Master cases, it is well put together and does its job, while offering good features. The S600 won't knock your socks off, but it will do what its made to do well.
During testing, we recorded an ambient of 21.9C with an RH of 40%. With the front door closed, we measured and average delta over ambient of 55.3C on the CPU and 39.9C on the GPU. Not the worst we have recorded, but far from the best. This was like what we observed with the Define 7 from Fractal Design. Opening the front door and retesting, we observed a drop in the average delta over ambient of nearly 2C on the CPU and a little over 2C on the GPU, so the S600 door chokes airflow a bit.
What we like
The S600 is a simple enough case with a sleek design. The solid steel version looks clean and unsuspecting for those who may not know and can fit in most areas where an RGB lit gaming PC may not be appropriate. Cooler Master doubled down with a TG version, which changes the style a bit to be more of an enthusiast-focused option. The included three-way splitter is a nice one as it is functional and can be managed away. The inclusion of PWEM fans by default is good for noise abatement along with being decent quality, which means you do not have to replace them right out of the gate. The ability to flip the doors opening direction is a good option to allow the case to fit on whichever side you need it. The SD Card reader is nice for those who need it, but it is limited to USB 2.0 speeds.
What do we think could be better?
The front door choking the airflow is not a good thing. I have been over this several times, and it is never acceptable or a compromise I am willing to consider acceptable. The use of side 3.5": mounts makes me wish the drive cage was removable as it cannot be repurposed to fit 2.5" drives if someone wanted to. The shiny black plastic on the sides of the front panel is not only a fingerprint and dust magnet, but it's also easily scratched. The poor quality filter on the PSU could be better and should be at this price point, but I feel like that may be a bit of a stretch as far as gripes go.
The Silencio at its current $99.99 price it demands, I feel a bit mixed. There are several cases you can get other than the Silencio S600, but if you want the sleek, subdued styling, I feel like you are a bit hard-pressed to find another option. I do feel like what the chassis offers with the right build and maybe a few more fans, it could be a great build. The stealth nature of the aesthetic, along with a reasonable performance at a price, is what wins it a recommendation. It's not a chart-topper, but your rig won't meltdown either.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
The Cooler Master Silencio S600 sets out to be a solid silence-focused option. It achieves that while offering reasonable cooling levels and a clean aesthetic.