Visually the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 is as smooth and sharp, and attractive as its predecessor. I really like the front bezel’s magnetically locking top door, and the glossy finish against the matte black is a nice contrast. Reviewing and testing the Deep Silence 2 so soon after testing the Deep Silence 1 was like a flash back, although there were moments when I asked myself why they made those changes. I already thought this was practically the perfect case, but I guess these changes allowed them to drop the price by $20.00 dollars. From a business perspective, it was perhaps a smart move since it will probably generate more sales. The performance of this case has not suffered at all. Other than not having the modular HD cages, the rest of the changes are really just cosmetic. Regardless, for a quality build of this nature, paying just $99.00 is an excellent value.
The left and right side panel doors are very thick. With the addition of the sound proofing are also very heavy as well. I mentioned this in my other review, but, I would like to see a hinged design versus the standard slide-on locking that both cased provide. It’s a pain putting them on and taking them off. A hinged design would allow to to take them off easier. Still, I was happy to see the re-positioning of the I/O panel at the top. I was also happy they kept the built-in fan controller which I think every manufacturer should include in their cases.
As I said previously, I am not a big fan of doors on the front of my cases, but in this “case” it’s warranted for several reasons. The primary reason is to reduce noise and help the case become more silent. The other is that it makes for a clean looking chassis, which goes hand in hand with the Deep Silence’s theme of cool and quiet. The extras like removable washable filters throughout the case, tool-less 5.25 ODD bays, the seven expansion bay slots, and the water cooling options add a lot of value to this case.
I am nitpicking here but I would like to see the second door still in place for easier access to clean the front filters and fans. Still, this is a minor quibble. The sound deadening is as good as the Deep Silence 1 and you’re still getting a very well built and solid chassis. I will miss the modular HD cages. With systems today we are seeing less space being taken up because of the larger capacity HDD’s and SSD’s and the smaller footprint they require. Being able to remove or move them will benefit with better air flow and/or provide additional room for more water cooling equipment like a pump or reservoir.
The preinstalled 120mm fans along with the water cooling solutions and sound deadening that Nanoxia has incorporated into the Deep Silence 2 are great. Despite the heavy doors and insulation, the cable management that the Deep Silence 2 provides is still very good. Let me sum things up by saying, again, that German Engineering has its benefits. Overall the build quality of the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 at a price point of only $99.00 US is really phenomenal, but with only a $20.00 difference between the two, I can do without the chimney. I was disappointed about not having the modular HD cages and easy access to the front fans. This may not matter to most, but I would most likely spend the extra $20.00 bucks and stick with the original Deep Silence 1 configuration. Ultimately, this means the Deep Silence 2 comes up a bit short of its predecessor. It is still a very good product and earns our Pure Overclock’s Great Value Award.
The Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 Receives Pure Overclocks Great Value award.