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  Product:     Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case  
  Price:     $155 (CAN) / $129 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Scythe USA / Arctic Cooling
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     March 16th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Sawa from Scythe USA for sending the Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case for review.

Scythe USA

Introduction:

Arctic Cooling has gained a significant reputation for designing quality thermal products since their recent introduction into the consumer market this year. The Arctic Cooling product line includes a wide variety of heatsinks, hard drive coolers, fans and the popular NV Silencer for NVIDIA and ATI based video cards. New product releases and revisions for different CPU platforms have kept the company in the foreground of computer case cooling while improving on established technologies. Recently, Arctic Cooling has released two new cases designed specifically for noise reduction and optimal thermodynamics. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Silentium T2; a mini ATX based chassis developed for silent computing applications.

Specifications:

The Silentium T2 Case is one of two different units available on the Arctic Cooling website. Consumers have the option from selecting either the Silentium T1 or the Silentium T2. The Silentium T2 comes pre-assembled and supports mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Scythe USA and Arctic Cooling websites:

Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case - Key Specifications:
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case: Manufactured by Arctic Cooling
Dimensions: 18 (W) x 43.5 (H) x 46 (D) cm
M/B Formfactor: Micro & Full ATX
Weight: 11.5 kg
Material: 0.8mm SECC body
Drive Bay: 6 (5.25" x 2 (External), 3.5" x 2 (External), 3.5" x 1 (Internal), 3.5" x 1 damped HDD cover
Fans: 2 x 80mm (front intake), 2 x 80mm (rear exhaust)
Expansion Slots: 7 pcs
Power Supply: 350W Seasonic/ARCTIC, active PFC
Colour: Silver and Black
Special Features: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x Audio, IEEE 1394 (optional)

Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case
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Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case
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The Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case was shipped in a black and white double-walled corrugated box with the case manufacturer's logos and images printed on all sides. The packaging inside the box was good with the case sealed in protected plastic with two pieces of polystyrene located on the top and bottom.

Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case
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Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case
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The Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case was bundled with an assortment of accessories which include drive mounting rails, mounting screws, motherboard stand-offs, zip ties, power cord and four rubber rings. The package does not include a installation manual but Arctic Cooling does provide a downloadable PDF version on its website. The included instructions are translated in two languages (Swedish and English) and are accompanied by a set of reference diagrams. I found the documentation to be very easy to understand and most users should be able to complete full system installation in the case in less than 2 hours.

My first impressions of the Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case after removing the packaging were extremely positive. The case measures approximately 18 cm (W) x 43.5 cm (H) x 46 cm (D) and weighs 11.5 kg. Arctic Cooling has taken a simplistic approach towards the overall design of the Silentium T2 by focusing a good portion of detail on the front bezel. The look is very modern and contemporary accented by an attractive silver and black colour combination. The Silentium T2 Case supports both mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats and includes a 350w Seasonic PSU.

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