Silverstone DS380 NAS Chassis Review

/ 9 years ago

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The front door is made from brushed aluminium that gives the DS380 chassis that extra premium look. At the center, you can place the Silverstone sticker if you’d like to, or you can leave it blank if that’s your preference. On the side is the key lock, a simple mechanism that is more intended to deter people from even thinking about tampering with your drives than actual preventing entry.


Opening the door exposes the 8 hot-swap drive bays and front panel connectors as well as power and reset buttons. USB 3.0 front ports are great to have on a storage oriented case and the audio jacks give an added bonus for those who use it more as a HTPC chassis.


Taking a closer look, we see the locking mechanism that can prevent the power button on the outside of the door to be used. It’s a very simple mechanic mechanism, but it works like a charm and as it should and prevents accidental shutdowns.


The two 120mm fans on the side are covered with a magnetic dust filter. The easy-to-remove filter prevents unnecessary dust to enter and allows for regular cleaning without a hassle. I really like the fact that I don’t have to take anything apart or move things out-of-the-way to keep my system clean.


The rear is very simple with the PSU area at the top and two expansion slots below it. The dual slots allow for dual cards to be used on the same level as expansion cards without a direct connector;  both is a nice bonus and one we don’t find all that often in mITX cases. At the bottom, we see the fan exhaust next to the IO shield area.


On the top of the chassis is another magnetic dust filter to protect your PSU from unnecessary dust and dirt. A needed feature with a top-mounted PSU.


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