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Suppressing noise is not always about isolating vibration sources but rather understanding what causes increases in noise as a result. The largest is resonant frequency. Every material has a certain frequency at which point it will vibrate. Thin walled cases will vibrate very easy whereas cases constructed from SECC metal, like the Cooler Master Sileo 500, require more. A good way to increase the resonant frequency is to add medium density foam to the panels. Not only does this foam absorb sound waves but helps to add additional mass to the panels to resist vibration.
Cooler Master has designed and produced a very solid case with some great features and classic design which would be equally suited for business or home use. The case supports both standard and micro ATX motherboards and a variety of drive configurations. The attention to sound also means that you can splurge on your hardware choices and not worry so much about additional noise, GPU fans will appear to be quieter and CPU fans will soften.
Now for the ever popular list of good things and bad things :
Pre applied eggcrate foam on sufaces.
Well done tool-free drive hardware.
Good size and layout for easy building.
Very effective at making PC silent (or close to it).
Subtle yet classy stying gives universal appeal.
Tool-free slot latches could be better.
No real cable hiding options.
Only has tool-free option on facing side. I used screws on backside.
The front LEDs do not stay illuminated in blue as shown in pics.