A compact desktop PC enclosure that doesn't make a lot of noise. That's really the ideal combination for most computer users, but it's also a balancing act that's difficult to realise. Less internal space means less air for cooling components. The air will heat up faster, and therefore needs to be removed faster. That requires more and faster fans, which typically creates more noise. Nevertheless, Cooler Master is experienced enough and tried its hand at this concept with the Silencio 352, a micro-ATX chassis that has a lot to live up to. We put it to the test.
The other Silencio cases we tested we indeed pretty quiet, in part due to the sound-dampening material that's used for this product line. The flipside of that silence was that they didn't cool so well. That risk certainly exists for a micro-ATX chassis such as the Silencio 352, so it will be interesting to see how it fares.
We compared the Silencio 352 to a large number of previously tested micro-ATX chassis, most of which are in the same price segment. This Cooler Master chassis costs an average of £45 / €50 euro, and the majority are in that vicinity.
If you'd like to compare more models, you can open this comparison table, import it into your own comparison tables and add any chassis you want.
Based on the external dimensions, the Silencio 352 isn't the smallest micro-ATX chassis, but 34 litres is still modest.