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be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Full-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from Jul 1, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: be quiet!

be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Full-Tower Chassis

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The front of the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 is a mostly blank slate of a door. Ours arrived with some fingerprints as you can see on the lower door and these wiped away rather easily much to my relief as brushed aluminum surfaces tend to take in fingerprints like a sponge in many instances.

Each side we can see just a bit of the ventilation as the front door being closed would limit airflow if other paths were not available. Above the door, we can make out the front buttons and I/O. Lastly, the door has a small, be quiet! logo affixed and it is a shiny chrome/metal decal. If you look below the front panel you can make out the feet that hold the chassis elevated above the surface it sits upon.

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Opening the front door, we now meet the dual 5.25" bay covers which can be removed if 5.25" devices are installed. Below that we see the dual 140mm fans in place and the filter directly in front of them which you press a clip and it pulls off for easy cleaning and maintenance.

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The top of the chassis has a solid brushed panel with the only visible ventilation being the few slits at the rear. However, similar to the front panel the sides are mesh and allow additional airflow should fans or radiators be installed at the top of the chassis. Moving toward the front I/O we find a sizeable matte rectangle which is an embedded qi charger for wirelessly charging qi compliant devices. This means we could not just drop our phone on this pad and charge our device with no need to connect a cable.

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The front I/O is placed at a 45-degree angle between the front panel and the top which I think is a great compromise to allow the I/O to be accessible in both elevated on desk installation along with under desk floor standing installations. From left to right we have dual USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C ports. Next, we have dual 3.5mm analog jacks for headphone and microphone. Center of the I/O is the large rectangular power button which has a lit perimeter in orange to signify the system powered on state.

Next, to this, we have a button to control the included RGB LED strips which can also engage motherboard control with a longer 3-second press. The internal controller can also engage with single presses of the button to cycle through various colors and breathing modes for the LEDs. Next up is an HDD LED and then a USB Type-C port which has a full USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector internal to mate to new motherboards.

Do keep in mind that the I/O reads USB 3.1 and this is correct as USB consortium just recently announced the new confusing USB 3.2 naming but I have adopted it for reviews so that as new tech comes with the latest spec, hopefully, our reviews will still make sense.

The last port is another Type-C, but it is not for data as it is only a charge port with a direct SATA internal connection for fast charging support. It is also worth noting that the front I/O is affixed to the chassis itself, so removal of the top panel does not require removal of the I/O or its associated cable array.

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Here we now get a view at the main chassis panel which is a solid TG panel held on by four fasteners at the four corners. As we look at the perimeter panels, we can see the aforementioned ventilation mesh, ensuring that even with the clean aesthetic of the brushed panels, the chassis still has ways to breathe.

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Here is the rear of the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 and it has some interesting things we must discuss. First up. We can see that the top panel has two more slits for airflow similar to the grouping we mentioned when looking at the top panel below that we have the motherboard I/O cutout and the adjacent 120/140mm fan port. It is already filled with the previously mentioned 140mm silent wings 3 fans. The expansion slots come out to 8 total and adjacent to those is a large hexagonal mesh area to allow air to exit easily and aid the airflow path through.

Below this, there is a single standard 3-pin AC cord port used on most PSU's below 1200W. This omits the standard PSU mounting as the PSU sits inward within the chassis and this is simply a switched pass-through cable connection point. This aids with the cases ability to adjust orientation much easier.

Each of the mesh panels seen in this area is removable and relocatable to key areas to adjust mounting for the motherboard height and location. If you look above the plug location, you can see the hexagonal mesh panels above this are small strips similar to the one you can see above the motherboard I/O and fan port which is a solid plate. These can be moved up or down accordingly to adjust the motherboard position to allow for larger radiators to fit above the motherboard without interfering with RAM or heat sinks.

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The cable management side panel is solid metal and does not offer a view inside which is ok with us as it allows you to hide cable management here, in case you do not particularly enjoy creating the tidiest cable sets. And it's worth mentioning that once you see the standard wiring soon in the case, the solid panel will likely be a welcome addition to most builders since managing the cables to the LED/fan controller is already capable of being a mess.

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The bottom of the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 is unbroken brushed aluminum skin over a plastic panel. It gives a sleek aesthetic while also making some question of how your PSU would breathe. Rest assured the same side ventilation is at play here so the PSU can ingest air with no issues while keeping the look going. The feet are large and have large rubber pads as well ensuring a skid-free world for your newly built system.

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