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be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 22, 2016 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: be quiet!

Final Thoughts

 

Where the Silent Base 800 was a great step into the chassis market for be quiet!, the Silent Base 600 follows right along with it. It may be the little brother of the two, but still packs quite a punch, both visually and in its feature set.

 

 

The brushed look down the front is pleasing, and all of the attempts to deaden sound from escaping the chassis worked flawlessly. We like the matte appearance on the outside, and the body lines are straight, and whether plastic or steel, all of the colors are the same. The large window is perfect for those who like to see their gear, but we also like that there is an option to have it or not for those looking for the utmost in noise reduction. We also like that this chassis comes with silver accents, black on black, or this visually stunning orange trim, popping against the black. Here you just have to choose what suits you the best.

 

Inside, we dug the layout. A couple of hidden drive bays, the movable and removable HDD rack, the pops of orange in the grommets, and plenty of room for great wire management, they all lend themselves to a great looking finished product. We also like that there are some decent water cooling and additional air cooling options in this design. So while the cooling is not superb out of the box, as your heat levels grow with upgrades along the way, you still have more cooling potential. You are not just locked into the basics. We did get the sound meter out for this chassis, and at a foot away from the front and sides, we never saw more than 23 dB. If we moved around to the back, with the stock fan in place, we read it at 27 dB, but our AIO of choice raised that quite a bit out of the back. Even so, there are no oddities where panels squeak, and not a single rattle was heard from it.

 

If you opt for a solid left side panel, expect to pay $109.90 to get any of the three colors. If you do like the look of the window, it will only set you back an addition $10, again for any of the three versions. This chassis is solid as a rock, it is quiet as can be, and it won't break the bank when it comes to purchasing one. For it being the slightly lesser version of its big brother, this Silent base 600 mid-tower chassis packs in quite a bit, and really should make other case makers wonder what they have been doing all these years.

 

If a company can come out of the gate, and offer a case such as this with competitive pricing, it seems that everyone had better up their game a bit. be quiet! is coming out swinging, fully intending to get a piece of the pie. With cases like their Silent Base offerings, we see no issues with them becoming a huge name in cases as they are in fans, cooling, and PSUs.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance92%
Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging96%
Value for Money98%
Overall TweakTown Rating96%

The Bottom Line: be quiet!'s Silent Base 600 may be the little brother, but it delivers in every way! It is affordable, it is sleek and nice to look at, and offers plenty of features to keep a mid-tower users more than happy.

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