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be quiet! Silent Base 600 Conclusion:

As I reviewed this case, it made me think of the early days of case designs and quality. Case designs have come a long way over the years. When I first started working on computers nearly 30 years ago, a case was simply a metal box to hold all the computer parts. It seemed innocent enough, but on the inside it was a death trap - full of razor-sharp edges and jagged corners. My hands and fingers were always cut up whenever I worked on a computer no matter how careful I was. All that has changed now and even an inexpensive case is usually safe to work on. A case like the Silent Base 600 is really a dream to work on compared to those old finger-shredders.

My experience with be quiet! has been with its air coolers, so I am familiar with be quiet!'s reputation for quality and innovation. Now be quiet! has branched out and offers a couple lines of cases. After reviewing this case, it is clear to me that be quiet!'s experience with component design and manufacturing is evident in the Silent Base 600. The style of the case is not too flashy or over-the-top like some gaming cases can be, but it would still be right at home as a gaming case. It would also be equally fine as a work station. The style gets your attention for all the right reasons.

But what sets this case apart from all the others? There is decent hard drive space in the case and support for liquid cooling is fairly standard now. Well, there is no single feature that does it - it is more of a combination of things that make this case stand out. There is the dual-layer side window to keep excess sound under control, and the adjustable side vent that allows for the addition of a cooling fan behind the motherboard. Then there is the reversible optical drive bay door and the extra sound-deadening material. The fan speed control switch is also a nice feature. Of course there is the quiet operation and the removeable filter panels that are actually easy to remove. And for me the overall quality is a big factor. Even the plastic front and top covers fit together so well and don't have a cheap or fragile feel to them. The front door and lower cover panel have a simulated dark brushed aluminum finish and it really took me a moment to realize that they weren't really brushed aluminum. So the take away from all this is that any time a new product is launched, there are many things that can go wrong - many things that are wide open for improvement. But be quiet! has hit the target on the first try and did a terrific job with this case. If I didn't know any better, I would think that be quiet! has been in the case business for a long time.

The Silent Base 600 with the side window retails for $119.90 and about $10 less with no window at Newegg. There are certainly cases that are less expensive, but if you want a case that is full of quality and looks good from any angle (and really does keep things quiet), then look no further than the Silent Base 600.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent quality
  • Attractive design
  • Quiet operation
  • Quiet, Pure Wings 2® PWM fans (1x120mm and 1x140mm included)
  • Double-paned side window for extra sound control
  • Fan speed control switch for up to 3 fans
  • Reasonable price
  • Three-year warranty

 

Cons:

  • None


 

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  1. be quiet! Silent Base 600: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. be quiet! Silent Base 600: Specifications & Testing
  3. be quiet! Silent Base 600: Conclusion
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