Nanoxia is a German manufacturer of high performance PC cases, and they're already well known amongst enthusiasts despite the fact that the company isn't even two years old. Since our review of their first product a year ago, the Deep Silence 1, the company has come a long way. They've released six cases and are slowly taking steps towards diversifying into other market segments. Nanoxia has also released multiple case accessories and four different cooling fans series. Unfortunately, the availability of their products in the US market remains sketchy at best, but that will hopefully be changing as we reported at CES -- and it can hardly be any worse than last year where the only option as to import their products.

Today we are looking at their latest and grandest creation, the Deep Silence 6. As the name implies, this is the sixth case that Nanoxia has designed and it's targeted towards a very specific segment of the market, namely hardcore enthusiasts and advanced users that want a very large case. The specifications of the case can be seen in the following table and certainly are impressive, particularly the dimensions and weight of the case. If you're like me and may be a bit lacking in upper body strength, you might need a friend or two to cope with moving the DS6.

Nanoxia Deep Silence Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 4 x 5.25"
Internal 13 x 2.5"/3.5"
Cooling Front 2 x 140mm (1,100 rpm)
Rear 1 x 140mm (1,100 rpm)
Top Max. 3 x 120/140mm, 2 x 140mm included (1,400 rpm)
Left Side optional 2 x 120 / 140mm
Bottom optional 2 x 120 / 1 x 140mm
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 200mm
PSU -
GPU 370mm
Dimensions 644mm ×250mm ×655mm(H×W×D)
Weight 20.8 kg
Prominent Features Support for multiple liquid cooling radiators
Removable fan filters
Analog dual-channel fan controller (three fans per channel)
Toggle-able, active "chimney"
Removable drive cage
Acoustic padding on the doors and side panels
Price 199 EUR / ~ 269 USD (Online: $230 USD)

We received the case supplied inside a well-designed, colorful cardboard box of massive proportions. Inside the box, the case is sandwiched between thick styrofoam slabs and wrapped in a nylon bag. This configuration usually offers enough protection during shipping and, despite the massive weight of the Deep Silence 6, we received the case unscathed from the other side of the planet, so no complains here.

Alongside the Deep Silence 6, Nanoxia also bundles a few other interesting items into the package. There's a well-written colored manual, four plugs for the liquid cooling hose holes, an adapter to convert an external 5.25" bay into a 3.5" bay, and a few cable ties and extensions for the ATX/CPU power cables. These last can prove useful when trying to get power cords to reach the appropriate motherboard connectors in such a spacious chassis.

Of course Nanoxia also includes the necessary hardware and screws required for the assembly of a system. Instead of a single nylon bag with everything simply thrown inside it, the company supplies each type of screw inside its own labelled nylon bag. It's a nice touch though perhaps not entirely necessary.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 6 Exterior
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  • tim851 - Thursday, February 13, 2014 - link

    Besides not having any effect on temps, exhausting out the top is bad for noise (in most situations). A case built to be silent should never have top vents. Reply
  • vshah - Thursday, February 13, 2014 - link

    One thing missing from the new case review format is pictures of an actual complete install in the case. This was crucial in seeing how cables etc. could be routed with all components in place. Reply
  • E.Fyll - Friday, February 14, 2014 - link

    Actually, I skipped such an endeavor thinking that it could be deceiving, as it could appear a lot more messy than it could have become after some care and consideration when routing the cables. On the other hand however, I reconsidered and now think that it would be a good idea to show just how messy things can become. I will plan on adding such info in my future articles. Reply
  • tim851 - Thursday, February 13, 2014 - link

    A silent PC was a challenge in 2005 or so. You had to mad, tinker, experiment.
    Nowadays CPUs and GPUs idle in single watts, good PSUs are semi-passive and half a terabyte of solid state storage are affordable.
    Reply
  • Jeffrey Bosboom - Thursday, February 13, 2014 - link

    When taking exterior case shots, please include another object so we can get a sense of scale. Reply
  • Sushisamurai - Friday, February 14, 2014 - link

    I vote for a coke can Reply
  • redmist77 - Friday, February 14, 2014 - link

    Great suggestion! Reply
  • E.Fyll - Friday, February 14, 2014 - link

    That sounds like a good idea. Coke can it is, I suppose. Its size is universal. :) Reply
  • Slash3 - Friday, February 14, 2014 - link

    Everyone knows that the standard measurement of scale is a banana...
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/banana-for-scale
    Reply
  • c4v3man - Thursday, February 13, 2014 - link

    I have a Deep Silence 2 case, and while it's a decent case, it's not perfect. On the Deep Silence 2 at least, the air chimney at the top stays open well enough, but I would prefer a reassuring "click" at the top. The hard drive bays (of which there are many) are designed in such a way that they block a lot of airflow... I would prefer a more skeleton-ized design, to let the air move through. And finally, while the doors have a satisfying heft to them, they use a latching system similar to cheap cases today, and of a decade ago. When spending this much of a case, I want the doors to go on with zero hassle. They're not the worst I've ever used, but certainly not the best design. Reply

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