Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 ECO 80 Case
|Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 ECO 80 Case|
|Features and Specifications: PSU and Case|
|Closer Look at the Silentium T2|
|Installing Hardware in the Case|
Today we are looking at our first Arctic Cooling case and this unit has some advanced features that make it worth a second look right off the bat. While the 0.8mm SECC chassis may not spawn a lot of interest at first glance, this case also comes with an ECO 80 550W PSU to add value to the unit. To top it off, it uses some of Arctic Cooling's super quiet fans on the chassis as well as on the PSU to help keep things cool and quiet. What is even more amazing to me is their HDD muffler that slaps a big thing piece of foam on top and in between your hard drives. At first glance, I thought this would merely turn my data into a toaster as the foam will greatly insulate them and trap heat, but Arctic Cooling has provided a single and effective solution to keep your drives cool. To find out more, keep reading our review.
The Silentium T2 arrived in a well packaged box that includes soft foam on the outside of the rigid Styrofoam that held the actual case in place. This provides a greater level of protection on the case and it should arrive safe and sound. Ours came somewhat disassembled on the inside due to being dropped a time or two during transport, but nothing was broken and everything was able to be put back into place without issues. The Silentium T2 ECO 80 was encased in a plastic bag as well as the two layers of foam and Styrofoam and by all accounts it should be in pristine condition.
Once I pulled off the side panel, I was greeted by an array of fans, hardware bits, accessories and gear that was all out of place. The top exhaust fans as well as the lower 120mm PSU fan had popped out of their vibration dampening mounts and were rattling around in the case. Nothing was permanently damaged and once I had placed these back in their mounts, everything seemed to work okay. It was still a little disappointing to see the internal mess that UPS had caused. I also think that Arctic Cooling could use bigger and sturdier rubber vibration dampening parts that would hold the fans in place more securely.
Arctic Cooling includes a pretty decent bundle with this case. They have a couple of different air ducts available for your CPU as well as an HDD muffler kit. This kit includes a couple of closed-cell foam pads, some frag tape and a large heatsink. Also included in the package is a power cord, a couple of bags of screws and tool-less rails for mounting your optical drives, floppy drive and hard drives.
On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications of the Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 ECO 80 before we take a closer look at this case.