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be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
be quiet! came out swinging with its Silent Base 800, and today we look closely at the Silent Base 600 mid-tower chassis to see if it can also impress.
By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: be quiet!

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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The last time we saw a chassis from be quiet!, we were sent the Silent Base 800, and we could not say enough to express how well they did, entering the case market. With no previous cases to build from, be quiet! had a completely blank slate to start with, and from what we could see then, only great ideas stuck. A smooth and slick looking exterior, an interior with every feature covered, and of course as the company name would allude to, measures had been taken to be sure the noise level coming from it was only seen but never heard. It usually takes a company many years of trial and error to finally devise a stellar chassis design, and here, be quiet! snuck onto the scene, but man did they put on a clinic in case design.

 

 

So why are we together again discussing be quiet! and chassis design, it is because along with the Silent Base 800 they released, they also offer its kid brother in that lineup. This means, for those out there with no need for a full-tower chassis, be quiet! is offering a mid-tower counterpart with almost the same feature set. While they did have to make a couple of reductions based on size parameters, they decided to send us one of the color options this time, rather than the black on black we got with the Silent Base 800. These choices are pretty simple; you can opt for black accents, silver accents, or like the one we have, black with orange accents. At the same time, we are still offered options of a solid left side panel or a large window instead, just like the 800 offered.

 

We are sure to have a ton to discuss as we cover this mid-tower chassis. If the Silent Base 600 we have today is anywhere near as nice as the 800, we are pretty sure it will not take long at all to find yourself looking to buy one. That said, we may as well get right to the meat and potatoes of what this chassis offers, and what it will cost you, so we can move on to all the pretty photos of what the Silent Base 600 is all about.

 

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The Silent Base 600 is an ATX mid-tower chassis that can also house Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboard options. This chassis is made of 0.7mm thick SECC steel and ABS plastic, mostly black with a flat texture, but there are splashes of bright orange to be found as well. We are offered its 7.84 kg weight, and we see the dimension above that. This chassis stands 495mm tall, it is 230mm wide and is then 493mm from front to back. It then moves to the front I/O, showing the pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and it also has connections for HD Audio. We are then shown that there are seven expansion slots, and to match, they also offer seven fan mounting locations in this design.

 

Inside of the chassis, we are given quite a few bays to fill. Hidden behind a door in the front bezel, the Silent Base 600 offers three 5.25" drive slots. This bit you will want to pay attention to - there is a rack on the floor of the chassis for 3.5" drives only. be quiet! ships rubber rails that screw onto the sides of the drives, and these rails then support the drives in silence. On the top of the case, there is also one location to screw in a 2.5" drive. Also, keep in mind that this rack can be removed entirely, or even strapped to the bottom of the 5.25" bays, possibly eliminating that 2.5" drive location. However, be quiet! still offers another pair of locations for 2.5" drives via trays that are mounted on the motherboard tray.

 

As far as cooling in concerned, there are a few ways to get air flowing through this chassis. The front of the chassis can house a 140mm fan, not including the one that is placed there for you from the factory. The top of the chassis can accommodate either a pair of 120mm fans, or you can opt for a pair of 140mm fans, but there are no fans found here out of the box. The floor of the chassis offers a location just behind the HDD rack, and here you can opt to install a 140mm or 120mm fan. The back of the chassis provides the last position, but this 120mm hole does get a fan installed by be quiet!.

 

This chassis also bodes well with water cooling options. The front will allow only a single 120mm or 140mm radiator, as the floor and bottom of the ODD rack will cause conflicts with larger ones. This is also why the top is so open. There you can install a 240mm or a 140mm radiator, and the roof is raised to allow more room over the top of the motherboard. Then, of course, you can also install a 120mm radiator in the back. If you plan to air cool inside of the chassis, there is a 167mm height restriction for CPU coolers.

 

There are a few more things to note. There is a 290mm restriction on power supply length, but if you want to use a fan on the floor, you cut that space down to 160mm. We mentioned the HDD cage can be moved, but it has an effect on the video cards. If it is at the top, there is only 293mm of room, but if it stays at the bottom, or is removed, you are then open to 413mm of space. We also like how they show where the insulation and dampening are placed. Here they check off the front panel, side panels, and even that they add anti-vibration measures for the HDD rack, fans, and the PSU. The last bits cover the fact that there are dust filters in the front, under the chassis, and even one in the ride side panel.

 

Locating the Silent Base 600 in any of its forms is relatively easy. We found them at Amazon, but cannot find ones with windows, but they will sell you the side panel with a window. The thing is, pricing is all over the place, and with be quiet! always listed as the seller, we cannot figure out why some are listed at $148.40, and others are listed at $159.99 for the same model. Oh and if you still care, Amazon wants another $43.90 for that optional panel too. If you drop in on Newegg, things are easy to figure out. No matter the color option, without a window they all list at $109.90, and if you opt in for the window, pricing across the board is set to $119.90. We know where to find it at the best deal now, and with what we know, and you are about to see, the pricing is spot on.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

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