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be quiet! Silent Base 800 Closer Look:

Removing the side panels just requires two thumb screws to be removed before the panel comes off. After the panel is removed, you can see the spacy interior, which is good even if you can't see it from the outside. Once the panel comes off, you can see the black interior. Inside the chassis, you can see two separate modular hard drive cages. Finally, above that, are three exposed 5.25" bays.

The chassis itself isn't very compact for a mid-tower, allowing enough space for a 170mm cooler to clear. On top of that, installation of up to 400mm video cards is possible, which covers any video cards currently on the market. As always, the ability to remove the hard drive cages and a good amount of space behind the motherboard tray is always a plus.

 

 

The tool-less design of the 5.25" bays is effective and easy to use. While not the most exciting thing this chassis has to offer, it does the job, so there isn't a reason to change the design. To install a drive, press the bracket to the right (towards the font) and slide the drive in, and then press it to the left to lock it in place.

 

be quiet! has tried something different when it comes to the hard drive cages by having a tray-less design. I'll get to that next, but first let me talk about the cages first. By design, there are two cages in which both can be removed by thumb screws. Afterwards, the space opens up to 400mm, which is enough for any video card now and in the future. Unfortunately, 240mm radiator can not be installed, because of how the space is limited. The base of the cages is riveted, which prevents anything above 140mm being installed. This was a bit of an oversight on be quiet!'s part, but most consumers going for those All-In-One (AIO) water cooled video cards, like the AMD 295x2, only have one. The CPU can be cooled easy enough on the top, if that is a concern for some.

 

 

As explained above, the hard drive cages are a little different then the usual. This is because these do not have any trays. Instead, it relies on 3.5" drives or mounting trays for SSDs. This is just one more step to making it one of the silentest chassis on the market by removing every bit of acoustic noise it can. It comes in the form of rubber rails that the drives are mounted on to keep the vibrations down.

 

Behind the motherboard tray, the Base 800 has two pre-installed 2.5" trays, which is a nice addition and is becoming somewhat of a necessity as AIO water coolers and large video cards tend to cause problems for traditional hard drive bays. To remove the tray, all you need to do is loosening the screw and it comes right off. Installing the tray after you place an SSD in there is simple and just needs to be screwed back in place. I have no problem using an SSD on the back and was how I ran the benchmarks.

 

 

Here you have it, everything is assembled! The chassis didn't give me much of a hassle at all and  even though the space looks a little cramped once everything is installed, you have to remember it's a mid-tower. A large one, but still just a mid-tower. Since I used the SSD tray in the back, I've could have completely removed the hard drive cages. The reason why I left them in was for consistently reasons, but In my own build I would have taken it right out to give the extra room and more airflow.




  1. be quiet! Silent Base 800: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. be quiet! Silent Base 800 Closer Look: The Case
  3. be quiet! Silent Base 800 Closer Look: Working Componets
  4. be quiet! Silent Base 800: Specifications & Features
  5. be quiet! Silent Base 800: Setup & Results
  6. be quiet! Silent Base 800: Conclusion
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