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Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 Eco-80 review

Kat Orphanides
21 Mar 2010
Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 Eco-80
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
101
inc VAT

Arctic Cooling's attempt to reduce both noise and power consumption isn't a great success of either front.

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Arctic Cooling's Silentium T1 Eco 80 is designed to be both quiet and eco-friendly. To this end, the Silentium is also the only case here that comes with an integrated power supply; Arctic Cooling's Fusion 550 Silentium Edition is built into the case, just behind the front panel.

The Silentium case is compact and reasonably attractive. A cover on the front panel can be swung open to expose four external drive bays - two 3.5mm and two 5.25mm. The front panel also bears the reset and power buttons, while two USB ports and a pair of 3.5mm stereo ports are positioned along the bottom left-hand side. At this price, we would have welcomed the addition of an eSATA port.

Inside, you'll find an array of sound-dampening components, heat dissipaters and cooling hoods, as well as a set of drive rails. The main sound-dampening feature is a hard disk bay made of dense foam. Unfortunately, although it eliminates vibration, it also protrudes back into the case far enough to make fitting a large graphics card extremely awkward. There's no vibration damping on the other bays. The entire case feels cramped and is too shallow to take the largest CPU coolers.

Admittedly, although our Silentium system wasn't as quiet as we'd expected, it didn't make that much noise, largely because it only has two 80mm system fans. It's also cramped, awkward to build and, once you look inside, feels roughly built and poorly finished. If you really want a quiet case, both Antec's Solo and Fractal Design's Define R2 have plenty of anti-vibration mountings without the cramped and inconvenient design.

Details

Price£101
Rating**
Casemidi tower

Ports

USB ports2
Total Firewire ports0
Total eSATA ports0
Headphone portyes
Microphone portyes

Physical

Size435x230x456mm
Weight11.2kg
Internal Drive bays 3 1/2in3
5.25in drive bays2
Fan mounts4x 80mm
Fans supplied2x 80mm

PSU

Supplied PSUyes
StandardATX
Fans1x 120mm internal
Power supply wattage550W
Molex connectors4
Floppy disk power connectors1
SATA power connectors4
Motherboard connector20/24-pin
4-pin CPU power connectors1
8-pin CPU power connectors0

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£101
Supplierhttp://www.quietpc.com
Detailswww.arctic-cooling.com

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