Slowly but surely, computer hardware manufacturers are beginning to realise that consumers prefer quiet-running components. We still get certain parts that sound like jet engines - extreme graphics cards being the obvious culprit - but by and large, it's easier than ever to build a quiet PC that still packs a decent punch.
Chassis manufacturers are at the forefront of this gradual transition to near-silent computing, so it's no surprise to find that many of the big names are ramping up production of sound-proofed and elegant enclosures.
Cooler Master has been attempting to establish itself as a go-to brand for anyone in the market for a quiet chassis, and its latest effort - the Silencio 650 - is in many ways the best yet.
Introduced as a successor to the Silencio 550 - which proved to be a poor thermal performer - the revamped 650 hopes to do better at providing consumers with the best of both worlds; quiet operation and low temperatures. That's the promise, but Cooler Master's marketing department will have to have its thinking cap on to come up with a compelling ad campaign. Aesthetically, the Silencio 650 - like so many other chassis - comes across as just another black box, and the £110 price tag won't exactly have punters lining up to buy. A shame, really, as there's more to this one than meets the eye.
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