The Deep Silence 1 takes ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ATX motherboards. Nanoxia left a total of nine cable management holes in the motherboard tray. Among the cables we found inside, and there were a lot, we found six fan connectors, originating from the fan controller on the front panel. The controller must be connected to a 4-pin Molex cable. The USB 3.0 connector is internal.
The Deep Silence 1 comes with three installed fans, two of which are 12cm ones on the front and a 14cm one on the rear panel. Additionally, two 12/14cm fans can be mounted on the top panel, a single 12/14cm on the bottom and a 12/14cm fan on the side panel, which means the Deep Silence 1 supports up to seven fans.
If you decide to strap the Deep Silence with a fan on the bottom panel, you’ll need to take off the plastic part that acts as HDD cage holder. The PSU will be stable thanks to the two rubber feet that although glued to the bottom, will not come off easily.
The Deep Silence 1 can take up to eight drives in the three sections of its HDD cage (2x3 HDD 1x2 HDD).
The top two cages are interchangeable and can also be removed if required. Same goes for the bottom one, in case you need to put a 240mm radiator behind the front fans. In order not to run out of HDD space, Nanoxia made sure that a cage can be placed in the designated holder on the bottom, closer to the PSU.
Maximum VGA length is 315mm (up to 445mm with HDD cage removed). Maximum CPU cooler height is up to 185mm.
The hard disk drives are installed on frames which feature rubber grommets (for 3.5” drives). Each mounting frame takes 2.5” or 3.5” drives. In order to extract the frame, squeeze the bracket handles and pull the slider out.
Installing optical drives is tool-less. The Deep Silence 1 comes with a 5.25’’-3.5“ converter in the bottom 5.25’’ slot.
Cable management holes have rubber grommets that are fixed firmly in place and will prevent cable wear and tear. There is about 1.7cm of space between the right panel and motherboard tray.
Towards the top of the tray are two more holes for CPU power and fan cables.