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be quiet! Silent Base 800: Conclusion

Let us recap my reasoning and scoring method before diving into my final words. First I look at what the company is saying it offers. For example, say the company states the case supports large / long graphics cards or ten quiet fans. In this example, I examine what is advertised versus what is actually offered. Most of this becomes uncovered as I take pictures to document the product. If the company does not stay true to its word, then it loses points because no one ever wants to be sold on false advertisement. Next I look at what the product is marketed for and put it into perspective. An example of this could be trying to overclock a CPU in a Mini-ITX case and expecting a low temperature. This would contradict its target market and something I try to catch so it does not affect the score. The last bit is my own interjection. What could the case offer in its price range, and what do other companies offer. This category may include an extra fan, cable management, different color paint, or support for larger video cards. This list is endless so let's move on to the conclusion.

Following suit with my previous reviews, I like to start with the negative things about the chassis and leave on a good note. be quiet! has a bit of price tag which brings it down when it comes to desirability. The temperature charts put the chassis near the worst I've tested. This is not because of poor airflow, but because it was designed around near silent operations, which in turn means slows fans and they don't ramp up when the temperatures start to raise.

That is all the gripes I have. While this chassis isn't design for the high performance that many readers have come to expect from a bigger tower. It also doesn't help some chassis like the NZXT H440, is marketed towards one and does the opposite. Just remember you are buying a product geared towards quiet operations that sacrifices a little bit of performance.

On the flip side, be quiet! does its job well and provides its quiet fans, which allows the computer to run near silent. In fact, I hear the video card and CPU cooler over anything else, but mainly just the CPU cooler. If one were to use a different cooling method and run stock clocks, I have no doubt that the computer would be silent even under load.

Continuing on, this chassis has everything I would expect from a company who focuses on quality and expandability. The lack of 240mm radiator support on the front is a bit of a oversight, but far from a deal breaker. However, having CPU cooler support up to 170mm and video cards up to 270mm with the hard drive cages installed makes this chassis an excellent choice for someone looking for multiple upgrade paths.

To conclude, be quiet! Silent Base 800 is a great entry into the chassis market and a much needed addition. Other brands may have a silent series, but none I've come across so far do it better. Therefore, if silent operations and quality built chassis is your goal, then look no further!

 

Pros:

  • Quiet fans
  • Quiet operations
  • Internal silencing foam
  • Modular 3.5" Bays
  • Support for large aftermarket CPU coolers (170mm)
  • Support for large, high-end graphics cards (400mm)
  • Tool-less design

Cons:

  • Price
  • High temps
  • No 240mm radiator support in front
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  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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