The DS200 was originally displayed at Computex, but Aerocool has finally launched the enclosure for real. The enclosure stems from the design of the original DS gaming case, which was a Micro-ATX enclosure. This case is an ATX mid-tower, and thus will fit a bit more hardware and feature a more standard layout.
Graphics cards inside the case can be up to 290 mm long; however, if you remove the middle hard drive cage you can fit graphics cards up to 410 mm in length. For hard drives there is room for up to five 3.5-inch drives along with another two 2.5-inch drives. PSUs can measure up to 22 cm long, so that won't be a problem either. The case also has two 5.25-inch optical drive bays.
Silence is one of the case's biggest selling points. Its name even stems from it, as DS stands for Dead Silence. The case comes with a built-in fan controller capable of powering up to 25 W of fans split over three channels. It's not a lot compared to aftermarket fan controllers, but for most folks this is far more than adequate. Each channel has four speed settings, one of which is simply powering a channel down. For added silence the case comes with two tops: one with a closed design and the other with a mesh design. You can pick the top that suits your needs best, be that silence or cooling performance. Furthermore, the case comes packed with sound insulation material and a number of rubber grommets spread throughout the enclosure.
Front I/O is handled by a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, along with the standard pair of HD audio jacks.
The case will come in a number of different versions. Color options include black, red, orange, black and white, blue, and green. All cases cost $163.90, except the black version, which costs $158.90. Aerocool has also revealed a so-called Lite edition of the case, which is a black version of the case that is missing a number of non-essential parts like the sound-isolation material and the middle hard drive cage. This one sells for $120.90.
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Looks pretty nice! I'll take one in white please.Reply
Also, didn't the DS stand for Deep Silence in previous models?
never mind... Deep Silence is Nanoxia's line of cases.Reply
never mind... Deep Silence is Nanoxia's line of cases.
And their fans, which are awesome. 8)
"Lite edition of the case, which is ... missing a number of non-essential parts like the sound-isolation material"Reply
Yeah, on a case that is called "Dead Silence" the sound-isolation material is definitely non-essential. :-)
Aerocool fans are useless how are they gonna work in a "Dead Silence" case? Most people wants a good looking PC. Nonsense! Leds? Nonsense! Crystal clear plastics? Nonsense! Color matching patterns? NONSENSE!! It all comes to fit your type of case (underpressure or overpressure) and doing it in the most silent and performing way. In the limits of your pockets of course. But you come at me with an Aerocool case, with Aerocool fans and you tell me the words "Dead Silence"... I'm gonna laugh. I got a 180 euros case, and put a 100 euros fans. I still have to change 2 of the original fans. The sound insulation material will work on components inside not on fans exposed.Reply
My tablet has passive cooling, no moving parts, no dust, makes no sounds (except from the speakers) and is 0.5% the size of this case. I can use it to browse the web just fine, why would I buy this hunk of junk?Reply
My tablet has passive cooling, no moving parts, no dust, makes no sounds (except from the speakers) and is 0.5% the size of this case. I can use it to browse the web just fine, why would I buy this hunk of junk?
Because it's not a tablet...
While not as versatile and customizable as this case with its ability to change tops and all, I still love my R4 just because of how beautiful it is. Although if this case didn't have the 3.5" bays on the front and instead a case door covering them I'd like it so much more.Reply
LED temperature display seems nifty but overall is unnecessary in my opinion unless you're really concerned about how hot your PC is running constantly. Guess its good if you're a hardcore oc'er who needs to know the constant ambient temp of possibly unstable clock settings while running something like prime 95. Overall an okay case at a glance I guess.