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be quiet! Silent Base 800 Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 21, 2015 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: be quiet!

be quiet! Silent Base 800 Full-Tower Chassis




The front of the chassis is flat and offers a door at the top and a large panel at the bottom covering the noise of the fans behind it. On both flanks, there are long strips of mesh to allow the chassis to breathe, and they angled the corners as well to pull away from a basic square shape.




Behind a sound absorbing magnetically closed door panel, we find three bay covers that need removed to use 5.25" devices. The bottom then offers that the panel unlocks and flips down to allow access to the fans and filters... oh and it is also sound absorbing on the inside.




The front I/O panel is blended into the top of the chassis very near the front bezel. In the center of the panel is the backlit power button and HDD activity LED on the front edge. The USB 3.0, HD Audio jacks, and USB 2.0 ports are all on the right side in a row.




Stepping back, we find that the top plastic section of the chassis is very near solid from front to back. If not for a few specially cut vents near the back to allow air to flow out without the noise there would be nothing for ventilation to pass through.




The left side of the chassis is a bit plain, but dead center of the panel is the be quiet! naming on a plastic insert. This is to cover an optional fan, again allowing the air to flow through the sides, and redirecting noise to aid in silence.




The back of the chassis offers slits for ventilation in the top cover, and then we find the rear I/O and exhaust fans with a trio of grommets for water cooling and wiring. Then we find seven expansion slots and some passive mesh to the right, with the PSU mounting in the bottom. There is also a removable dust filter, and the slits at the bottom are the PSU intake vents.




The right side of the chassis is a dead match to the left side. This allows this chassis to sit on either side of the user with the same appeal. There is also enough of an offset to the motherboard tray that this can also be used with a conventional fan.




The floor of the chassis is a solid expanse with not much at all to see. The chassis ships without the thick rail style feet, but they easily align and snap right into place and are as solid as if they had been bolted on. This also gives this slightly taller design a wider footprint making it much more stable.

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