While we could sit here and say that this chassis looks similar to this case, but also looks like that case, the reality is that be quiet! has come out swinging with a chassis that is very unique. It has had the opportunity to sort of sit in the background watching the best features show themselves, and with that advantage, be quiet! took the idea and ran with some of the best of them. Being water cooling friendly is a huge plus in today's market, but it takes aesthetics and other features to sell the chassis as well. While we do find it hard that anyone could honestly hate on the external design and appeal, we also find the same on the inside. With only one really misstep in our opinion, we feel that inside the chassis offers everything you will need, modularity, and cleanliness to boot.
In our testing, we could hear the chassis sat two feet away, but in no way would we say the Silent Base 800 naming isn't fitting to this design. They compensated in the design for redirecting noise in the front, sides, bottom, and the top, and beyond that, there is sound absorbing materials used to also help keep sound at bay, and isolating the PSU from the floor and HDDs from the cage doesn't hurt either. When it came to thermals, we did find the stock fan configuration lacking a bit, but that is not the fault of the choice of fans. In our opinion, it is due to the amount of steel left behind them that blocks off a considerable amount of airflow, and what is left sort of cyclones at the front, and does not have an effective push to the back like some others do.
For everything you do get, the good and the not so great, one thing that is hard to overlook is how affordable this chassis is. For just less than $140, you can be the proud owner of the Silent Base 800 chassis in any of the three flavors, and reap the benefits of this design. be quiet! did have the luxury to enter late after seeing the best of the best to date, but the definitely took advantage of every bonus they had and delivered a chassis well worthy of massive attention.
It is rare that a company comes out of the gate this strong and does this well, but be quiet! seems to have all their ducks in a row and continue to not only impress us with their CPU cooling solutions, but now in chassis design as well. Whether a novice builder or the wisest enthusiast, it is easy to see the value had here, and we bet many will own this chassis in the near future.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||98%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: For a company with no previous chassis design experience, be quiet! offers a chassis that will take the market by storm. It's sturdy, it's modular, it looks stunning, and best of all, it is affordable. This is how you enter the chassis market; full of win!
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