Aerocool DS Dead Silence Cube Chassis Review



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Introduction


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Today in the eTeknix office we have the latest chassis from Aerocool, the DS Dead Silence microATX gaming chassis. While of course this chassis could be used for any type of system (within reason of course), it is certainly aimed at the PC gaming market and more specifically the small form factor end of the market.

Compact gaming PCs have taken off in a really big way this last couple of years and companies such as Cooler Master and BitFenix have done really well with their miniITX solutions, proving a popular choice for LAN gamers, HTPC users or with those looking to build a compact gaming system for their bedroom or to go alongside their big screen TV. There are many new players to the cube chassis market this year and this is a great thing, it’s always good to see companies trying to compete, out do each other and improve on designs because at the end of the day it’s often the consumer who wins. The big question is, does the Dead Silence have what it takes to mix it with some of the biggest names in the industry?

We’ve reviewed a few gaming chassis from Aerocool in the past and while their brand name might not carry as much weight as something like Corsair, at least here in the UK, they’ve actually produced some of the best cases we’ve seen here at eTeknix such as their BX-500 and Xpredator and I’m hoping that the DS offers as many cool features as their other gaming series chassis. So lets cut right to it and see what Aerocools DS has to offer.

It is worth pointing out that Aerocool make two main models of this chassis, one with a side panel window and one without. We have the one without the side panel window, but Aerocool have also provided us with a replacement window side panel so that this review effectively covers both editions, but please not that it doesn’t come with both the solid and windowed side panels at retail.

The front of the DS box features a quick run down of the main specifications. These include the Micro ATX / Mini ITX motherboard compatibility, 4 expansion slots and the hard drive configurations.

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The packaging is fairly standard but more than enough to keep it safe. Extra care has been taken to put peel-off plastic on any gloss surfaces of the chassis and its front panel.

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In the box I found a ventilated top panel cover, a user guide and a huge selection of screws, cable ties and fittings for installing our components.

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  • Matthew Humpherson

    That is a nice looking case, very tempted to down size. The black and white one is my favourite. Must resist the urge to spend money! :p

    • Peter Donnell

      It looks great in red, but it’s nice to have a small form factor chassis that can still hold a decent SLI setup too :)

      • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

        yes

        • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

          fisa muffinssi

          • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

            why you need it on the side panel? There is already SSD mount beside PSU and the HDD cage can mount SSD. I think you can remove HDD cage from the screws there.

          • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

            le löb löb löö

          • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

            unfunctional unique

  • Pete

    When is the release date?

    • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

      11.02.2013

    • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

      19621104-1188

      Lisbet Birgitta Fletcher

      Bordsvägen 13 lgh 1102

      12246 Enskede

    • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

      very heavy weight.

  • Jezzer

    No removable hdd cage and no ssd mounts on side panel.. Why o why o why..

    • Zurthor

      why you need it on the side panel? There is already SSD mount beside PSU and the HDD cage can mount SSD. I think you can remove HDD cage from the screws there.

    • disqus_NEe4FDSn9x

      becouse of that.

  • marty1480

    Really nice looking case. But you would want a pretty looking video card in the windowed version. Would have liked to have seen a electric blue version. As that with blue lights would have looked great. But that is always up to taste.

  • Quentin

    Jezzer, the upper HDD cage is removable. What really spoils the styling for me are the popouts for the optical drive and floppy. Let’s have an alternative front plate which doesn’t have them. I mean, who uses them these days? It’s far more sensible to have an external USB drive.

    I will say that Aerocool have got the top of the case just right. Two USB 3 ports, 2 USB 2 ports, and additional ventilation if required.

  • Surge

    Hey Peter, great review – loved the high res picture. After playing with this case, do you think a 2x120mm res would fit inside the front panel if the 200mm fan and fdd cage were removed?

  • sjonnie

    red, white or blue i do not mind.
    but NO dust filters???
    it is 2013, wake up aerocool.

  • GonnaBeThat

    Will this fit the GTX 770 with or without removing the 3.5 HDD tray (Underneath the ODD)?

  • Nex

    Fantastic case, too bad there aren’t fan filters at the front or the top.

    BTW from the dimensions its only very slightly larger than the Bitfenix Prodigy, too. (41.4L vs 36.1L). Even both aren’t that smaller to a full ATX case like my old Lian Li PC7B at 45.5L. Just a heads-up for people looking to build a new rig.