Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Out of the many things we have come to expect from be quiet!, likely at the top of that list is quality, outside of the obvious. The obvious being its namesake, and silence in both CPU cooling and fans in important, but to many, this crosses over to cases as well. With only one case notch on our belt from be quiet!, we do not have a ton of variety to go from, but the Silent Base chassis was a stunner, and shows that be quiet! knows what they are doing when it comes to chassis design and offerings. The chassis wraps around silence, a feature rich design, modularity, customization to suit nearly every build possibility, and optional trim color have made the Silent Base 800 a case to reckon with still to this day.
So, where does be quiet! go from there? Back to the drawing board with an even better concept that has made it to fruition. This time, they not only kept much of what makes the Silent Base a hit, but while doing so, they have improved on almost every aspect of that design. With a new aesthetic appeal to this chassis, many hours of research and development, designing and testing, and finding out what they think customers will like best, be quiet! delivers yet another stunning chassis to use. Modularity and setting up the chassis to your desires is what be quiet! puts forth in this design. On top of everything else they do so well, they are now delivering things which most companies either shy away from or can only dream to offer at this stage in the game.
It is now the time to have our look at the be quiet! Dark Base 900 Pro full-tower chassis. There is not just one version of this chassis; there is a total of six to choose from. Two models. The Dark Base 900 and the Dark Base 900 Pro, both of which come with three trim color options, black, silver, and the one we got; orange. A lot went into the thought, design, and layout of this new chassis, and for those who want the best of what the market has to offer, be quiet! is jumping with their hands in the air, trying to flag you down to have a look at what they made. The Dark Base 900 Pro is a chassis you are not going to want to miss.
First, we would like to address the differences between the models. The Dark Base 900 does not offer the left side window but instead provides a steel door rather than a tempered glass panel. In the vanilla version, there are additional fan mounting locations due to the use of a steel panel, there is not a PWM fan controller, nor are there any LED strips in the base model either.
Now on to the Deep Base 900 Pro. This full-tower chassis will house motherboards ranging through Mini-ITX, to Micro-ATX, on to ATX, and even XL-ATX and E-ATX motherboards as well. The case is 577mm from front to back, 243mm wide, and 585mm in height, and of those dimensions, the tempered glass side panel measures in at 479 by 525 millimeters. The trim on this model is orange, and all told, it weighs in at 14.39 kilograms. Built into the front I/O and secondary control panels, we find two USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD Audio jacks, a QI charger, fan controller, and RGB LED color switch. The Dark Base 900 Pro is made of aluminum with ABS plastic trim and bits of steel used in the mesh and certain components found within.
Moving to the inside of the chassis, we see it still supports ODD bays, providing two 5.25" bays in this case. There is room for up to seven 3.5" drives, and each cage can also house two 2.5" drives, with a hidden tray as well, making the total of 2.5" drives go up to 15. As for the main seven bays of drive storage, they can be removed individually, or the rack can also be gutted completely, and even moved to the other side of the chassis. The same goes for the motherboard tray, as well as the PSU installation bracket. They can also be moved to shift the power supply to the other side, and allow you to use an inverted ATX layout once the motherboard tray is relocated, even the glass panel can go on the other side.
Cooling is quite extensive, and out of the box, we find three fans in play to cool the chassis. However, in the front, you can install a trio of either 120mm fans or 140mm fans, and the same can be done at the top. The bottom of the chassis will allow for a single 120mm fan, but it also has room for a pair of 140mm fans, while the back supports either a 120mm or 140mm fan. As for water cooling support, if a fan can go there, as long as you are willing to lose the drive bays in the front, you can also use the same specifications for radiator fitment, they are equal. If you want to use a CPU air cooler, you get 185mm of room, 323mm of room for video cards, but by removing the bays, you then get 472mm. The PSU has plenty of room with 284mm left for that, but if you plan to use a fan just in front of it, you get limited to just 181mm.
The last chunk of the chart covers all of the areas in which you will find sound dampening of insulation against vibrations. Everything from padding inside of the doors to making sure the PSU and HDDs don't cause issues is all covered. There are three dust filter in the chassis; one in the front, another at the bottom, and the last one being offered in the right side panel. They even show us what to expect in the accessories, and in this instance, we can see a number two next to the amount of LED strips included. The last thing worth mentioning here is that while you own this beast, you are covered against flaws and defects for three years.
While there is no hiding the fact that this full-tower chassis is demanding a healthy price, there is a slight deal to be had currently. As we located the Dark Base 900 Pro with orange trim at Amazon at the time of writing, we see they have it priced at $244.99 with free shipping. However, if you decide to venture over to Newegg, you can save a bit of cash, as they are asking less at $229.90 currently. At this price, there has to be quite the list of features and goodies, but from what we have seen, be quiet! is at the top of the game, and threw in everything but the kitchen sink with the release of the Dark Base 900 Pro.
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)
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