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Manufacturers have started offering cases that are closer to works of art than the plain old beige boxes from years ago. Arctic Cooling has recently released a new case with a unique look and other features designed to allow the case to perform quietly and cool effectively. The unique qualities of Arctic Cooling's new Silentium T2 do not stop at the exterior, as it also has the power supply at the bottom front of the case, an aluminum hard drive enclosure, and drive bay rails, all of which help make this a totally tool-less case. The biggest question is whether this new case design can lower the noise, and at the same time help cool your computer.
Specifications (taken from the Arctic Cooling website):
• Model Name: arctic Silentium 2 [AC-ST2]
• M/B Form factor: Micro & Full ATX
• Dimensions: 18 (W) x 43.5 (H) x 46 (D) cm
• Net weight: 11.5 kg
• Bruttoweight: 13.8 kg
• 6 drive bays: 2x5.25 (open) 2x 3.5 (open) 1x 3.5 (internal) 1x 3.5 damped HDD cover
• Power Supply: 450 WATT PEAK (*Specified as 350 watt) Seasonic/ARCTIC, active PFC (78% continuous power)
• Fans: 4x ARCTIC Fan 3, 1000 - 1900 RPM
• Bearing: ARCTIC Ceramic, MTBF@70°C=163000h
• Front panel I/O: 2x USB 2.0, 2 x Audio, IEEE 1394 (optional)
• Steel Quality: 0.8 mm SECC
• Warranty: 2 Years
Features (taken from the Arctic Cooling website):
Thermodynamics - The Silencer T-Series is the first PC Tower case, which in terms of thermodynamics does not follow the ATX standard of the mid 1990s. This case was developed from scratch based on the idea of noise reduction and optimal thermodynamic properties.
• Warm air emitted from the CPU cooler rise unhindered towards the top of the case blown out of the case via 2 temperature controlled fans spinning at max. 1900 RPM. This stops the CPU cooler from simply churning the same warm air over and over again.
• Cool air is drawn inside the case towards the CPU cooler and expansion cards. This allows for the temperature of sensitive components to decrease significantly.
• The power supply is cooled via 2 temperature controlled fans spinning at max.1900 RPM. Thanks to the lower position of the power supply a smaller airflow is sufficient for cooling.
Noise Reduction - The case has been designed from start with the goal to reduce the noise to an absolute minimum. Openings to the front of the case were intentionally left out.
Air exhaustion and power supply cooling have been configured for a high end PC, despite this high end configuration the system operates virtually silent.
I/O Front Connectors - Audio In and Out as well as two USB 2.0 connectors are included in the front bezel. The IEEE 1394 (Firewire) connector is optional
HDD Muffler - An aluminum frame muffles the hard drive noise and at the same time keeps it cool. The suspended frame stops vibrations from carrying over on to the chassis
Silentium T2 Information:
The Silentium T2 comes packaged in a plain black and white box. Inside the box the case lays on its side instead of standing up like most cases. The case sits in a plastic bag to help keep the case paint finish in pristine condition. Surrounding the case are two large foam blocks. most cases come packed in this manner, but Arctic Cooling also puts a foam pad on the bottom of the box that helps absorb any shocks if it is dropped. Their packaging is more than sufficient to ensure the case arrives at its destination undamaged.
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