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Nofen CS-300 case is very compact in size, it measures only 172x415x380 mm and weighs 2.7 kg. The front panel is made of plastic and doesn’t stand out too much but at the same time is not dull due to a glossy upper half and silver inserts in the 5-inch bay covers:


The bottom part of the front panel is meshed with a wide On/Off button in the middle. The Clear CMOS button is smaller and is located almost in the center of the front panel next to the two USB ports, microphone and headset Outs and HDD activity indicator. The back case panel is made of aluminum. There is a spot for an 80 or 92 mm fan, bent holes at the bottom and at the top, and a power supply connector, although the PSU itself will definitely not be there. But we’ll get to this in a little bit.

Both side panels are perforated in a honey-comb pattern:


We see the same perforation on the case top panel as well:


You can see a PSU and another spot for an 80 mm fan at the bottom.

The side panels are fastened with a pair of screws that can be undone without any screwdriver, so both panels are very easy to remove:


After that we see everything that’s hidden inside the case and we find out that the power supply unit is installed vertically in the front part of the case directly behind the plastic mesh, and the power cable is simply laid out on the back panel. So, the PSU takes over the entire front of the case, where you won’t be able to put any hard drives or even fit an additional fan. By the way, although the case does have special spots for fans, Nofen denies the need for any fans, because it will not only increase the level of generated noise but the dust sucked in from the outside will disturb the entire cooling concept, which is mentioned on the sticker:

The power supply unit is practically “sealed” inside the system case, so if we wanted to remove it for a closer look, we would have to ruin the entire internal organization of the case, including the cables arranged carefully along the corners of the system and fastened with ties. Therefore, we will only provide the specifications of the PSU taken from the Nofen web-site. P-400A PSU has a capacity of 400 W, which you can actually guess from the model name. The unit is certified as 80 PLUS Bronze and should have at least 86% efficiency. In fact, it is way too powerful for a system of this class, because Set A40 system will hardly accommodate a very powerful graphics accelerator, and the rest of the components should have more than enough power, no matter how high-end they are.

As for other peculiarities of the P-400A PSU, we should definitely mention that it measures 160x150x86 mm and weighs 3 kg. I would like to remind you that it has a passive heatsink, i.e. comes without any fans. Besides the mainboard power cables, there are also three PATA cables, two SATA cables with three connectors on each one, and one cable with a six-pin power connector for the graphics card:

The latter is hardly necessary because when the Nofen CR-100 heatsink is installed onto the CPU, it is extremely difficult to install a graphics cards into the system.

The case has two 5.25-inch bays with a DVD-drive in the top one, and comes without any 3.5-inch bays at all. Not even one. And all that is because the power supply unit occupied the good half of the front area inside the case, where the hard disk drives usually are. Note that Nofen doesn’t consider it to be an issue that you can’t install any 3.5-inch HDDs into their system, because these hard drives are noisy and the entire concept of the new Nofen system is based on complete silence. Therefore, all data storage in systems like that is assigned to SSDs, which can go into two bays in the front of the system case:

The bays are very convenient, all the cables are already connected to them: just insert the SSD into the bay and lock it in place with a clip-on bracket. Nevertheless, keeping in mind that contemporary SSDs are still pretty small when it comes to storage capacity (or pretty expensive when the capacity is higher), many Nofen Set A40 owners may still want to add a large HDD to their system. You can do it by adding a HDD chassis (like the ones we reviewed in one of our roundups) into one of the available 5.25-inch bays.

Well, that’s about all I could tell you about the case itself, so let’s move on to the processor heatsink now.

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