[section_title title=Closer Look – Exterior]Closer Look – Exterior
Taking a look at the front of the case and it has a very basic design which works well. Just in between the middle and bottom of the case is the Cooler Master badge and a bit higher up on the right side are the power and reset buttons.
The whole front side of the case is a door that can be opened. Once opened it reveals 3 x 5.25″ expansion bays for optical drives, fan controllers, card readers or reservoirs for some liquid cooling goodness. Under these we can see 2 of the Silencio FP 120 fans with a removable cover.
The door itself has noise dampening padding in it to help deliver on that promise of whisper quietness.
Removing the fan cover and we can have a proper look at the Silencio FP 120 fans in all their glory.
Both sides feature an all black side panel. The only difference is the main side has an area that once the panel is taken off of the case you can undo a couple screws to remove and allow for better cooling. To add to that it can also support a 180mm or 200mm fan to further better the cooling performance.
Also notice the inside of the side panel has noise dampening material on it. Again, to help keep everything as quiet as possible.
On the back of the case we have just what we would expect to see. We can take note of the 3rd and final Silencio FP 120 that comes pre-installed. To the left of the fan we have the motherboard cutout and directly below we have 3 watercooling tubing hose holes. There are also 7 x PCI expansion slots as per normal and an 8th just to the right of them. On the bottom is the cutout for the PSU.
Not only does the top of the case host the front IO panel, there is also a big vent that has a removable cover to allow for better airflow.
The removable cover is a nice touch as it will allow you to get some better airflow to the case, of course though it will compromise some of the silence of the case but if putting a 240mm there will surely be worth the bit of added noise.
The front IO panel consists of 2 x USB3, 2 x USB2, Audio jacks and a SD card reader. Remember the power and reset buttons are on the front side of the case.
On the bottom of the case we can see the 4 feet with anti-slip rubber feet as well as 2 separate dust filters. Keeping the dust filters separate is a nice touch, especially when considering the other option would have been to have a massive one covering 90% of the bottom of the case.