Customization is the key to be a successful modder. The more you pay the attention to the details the more your works stands out. be quiet! has been providing PC enthusiasts with quality cooling and power solutions for about ten years now and their product really do stand out in the crowd. As the name suggests their full case line up is design to minimize vibrations and rattling in the case. What makes their cases silent is the right choice of using Silent Wings fans in conjunction with noise insulation that helps dampening the sound. Currently be quiet! offers three different type of cases, HIGH-END, PREMIUM and ESSENTIAL (Dark Base, Silent Base and Pure Base respectfully). Their latest creation is Dark Base 700 case. Dark Base 700 is a Mid Tower case based on a successful model Dark Base 900 which is a Full Tower case. Dark Base 700 offers luxurious features and stylish design in addition to noise reduction and RGB Multi Color LED lighting.
Review Sample Provided by: be quiet!
Product Name: DARK BASE 700
Price at time of review: N/A
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
|Dimensions (W x H x D in mm)||519 x 544 x 241|
|Case Type||Midi Tower|
|Material||0.7 – 0.8 mm SECC steel, 0.8-1.2 mm aluminum, ABS plastic, 4 mm tempered glass|
|Motherboard Support||E-ATX (30.5 x 27.5 cm), ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, HD audio (mic + headphone jacks), RGB control switch, 4-step fan controller|
|Fan Speed Controller||6x 4-pin, Step Controller, PWM hub|
|Max. Cooler Height (mm)||180|
|Max. Graphics Card Length (mm)||286 x /430 (w/o HDD cage)|
|PSU Length (mm)||150-285|
|PCI Slots||7 + 2|
|2.5″ Bay||3 + 6|
|Cooling Fans (mm) / (rpm)||Front:1x SilentWings 3 140mm/1,600
Rear:1x SilentWings 3 140mm/1,600
|Optional Cooling Fans||Front: 2x 140/120 mm
Top: 3x 140/120 mm
PSU shroud: 1x 140/120 mm
Bottom: 1x 140/120 mm
|Radiator Support (mm)||Front: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360
Top: 120, 140, 240, 280, 360
Rear: 120, 140
|Additional Features||Switchable multi mode, multi color RGB LED lighting at the front panel (white, red, green, blue, orange, purple), support of motherboard LED control|
Just like other models the Dark Base 700 ships in a well-designed shipping box. As you can see our sample got damage is shipping. I was a little worried that the case was damaged however, everything turned out to be OK. Both sides of the shipping box has vivid images of the case with detailed descriptions in multiple languages.
The actual case is wrapped in a cloth like bag which is supported by two plastic foam brackets. One of these two plastic foams saved the side of the case when it was clearly dropped.Article Index:
- Introduction and Specifications
- A Closer Look at be quiet!! Dark Base 700
- A Closer Look Continued
- Hardware Installation and Clearance Compatibility
- Final Thoughts