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
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
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.
PRICING: You can find the be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis retails for $136 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The be quiet! Silent Base 600 Mid-Tower Chassis retails for £90 at Amazon UK.
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