The Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 ATX Case Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on November 17, 2016 9:00 AM EST
Be Quiet! might not be a widely known brand name in North America, but the German company is highly popular as a manufacturer of low-noise PC components in Europe. The company has been shyly making its way into the North American market and several of their products can now be found via North American e-tailers and retailers.
As a company focused on providing low-noise solutions, Be Quiet! primarily became popular from producing and marketing fans, coolers and power supply units. Not so long ago however the company also diversified into one more segment of the market, that of PC cases. They currently have two different cases, the Silent Base 600 and the Silent Base 800, with each of them available in six variants.
It is their more popular and cost effective Silent Base 600 that we are going to have a closer look at this review. The Silent Base 600 is an ATX case of typical proportions, designed to provide good overall performance and flexibility combined with sound-dampening features. It is available in six different versions but they are all practically identical, with the end user having to choose between three faceplate trim colors (black, orange or silver) and a windowed or solid left side panel. The sample that we received for the means of this review is the orange color variant with the windowed side panel.
|Be Quiet! Silent Base 600|
|Motherboard Size||ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Drive Bays||External||3 × 5.25"|
|Internal||3 × 3.5" (Front drives cage)
2 × 2.5" (Behind the motherboard tray)
1 × 2.5" (Front drives cage)
|Cooling||Front||2 x 140 mm (one included)|
|Rear||1 × 120 mm (included)|
|Top||2 × 120 mm / 140 mm (optional)|
|Side||1 × 120 mm (optional, solid panel version only)|
|Bottom||1 × 120 mm / 140 mm (optional)|
|Radiator Support||Front||Up to 120 mm or 240 mm|
|Rear||Up to 120 mm|
|Top||Up to 240 mm|
|I/O Port||2× USB 3.0, 2× USB 2.0, 1× Headphone, 1× Mic|
|Power Supply Size||ATX|
|PSU||160/290 mm (with/without a bottom fan)|
|GPU||295/410 mm (with/without a drive's cage)|
|Dimensions||495 mm × 230 mm × 493 mm
19.49 in × 9.06 in × 19.41 in
|Prominent Features||· Simple mounting and tool-free fitting of drives
· Air intake filters that are easily accessed for cleaning
· Space for water cooling radiators
· Two pre-installed Pure Wings 2 fans feature nine airflow-optimized fan blades and are decoupled from the case to circulate air with a minimum of vibration
· Side panel with adjustable vent that can be closed for silent operation, partially open for increased air intake or open with an additional fan for higher cooling performance
· Cable management is supported with space for organizing cables, silicone rubber grommets, and pass-throughs
Packaging & Bundle
Be Quiet! Supplies the Silent Base 600 in a simple brown cardboard box. The artwork is monochromic and based on a simple schematic of the case itself. The box however is sturdy and the case inside it is well protected between thick Styrofoam slabs, providing excellent shipping protection.
The company kept the bundled items down to a minimum. Along with the case we received only the necessary mounting hardware and screws, the required silicone rails for the installation of 3.5" devices, just four cable ties and a very undetailed manual that could have been more detailed.