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be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Full-Tower Chassis Review (Page 6)

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

Hardware & Documentation

 

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The Included LED strips are semi-solid PCB design. They are thin enough PCB they flex a little but overall they should be affixed to a flat surface as flexing too far can cause the traces to fail and the PCB to break. Each Strip has fifteen LEDs and is backed by three adhesive foam mounting pads which are 3M brand. The leads are plenty long enough to reach even from the far top corner, which is how we installed ours to test this.

 

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The fastener lot is quite extensive. It includes twenty HDD screws fro fixing HDDs to the included trays. Eight SSD screws are included for mounting 2.5" drives. Fourteen 6#32 screws are included for motherboard and SSD tray mounting. Three extended standoffs are included in case they are needed for E-ATX mounting to the far right. Eight thumb screws are included and their defined purpose if to mount an ODD.

 

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Here we have the SSD bracket which is used on the PSU shroud as mentioned earlier should internal viewable mounting be preferred. The other bracket is for pump/reservoir mounting which has varied slotted holes to ensure the best chance it will line up with your bracket mounting holes. This is used in conjunction with one of the included HDD trays, and it mounts to the top of the tray itself.

 

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Here we have the front fan bracket which I mentioned before. This is the bracket we would use should we opt out of a 5.25" mount and decide to run full fans up the front. Next, to this we see the block off plate for the lower dual HDD tray should you opt to remove it. Lastly for this one is the included Velcro straps. There are six in total and can be used for cable management if you decide not to go with zip ties.

 

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Here we have the three additional HDD trays or cages. These allow for a since HDD to be installed into them or dual SSD as each large opposing side has a 4 point mount for SSDs. The mounting for the 3.5" HDD on these trays is rubber mounting to reduce vibration resonance from the spinning mechanical drives into the rest of the system.

 

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The manual is the final thing we will cover in our accessory package. I will say that the manual is quite thorough as long as you do not mind digging through the initial basic instructions then finding the end of Japanese around page 67 which then you can find the other configuration information about moving the motherboard tray along with many other pages of helpful configuration information.

 

There are a few things I would like to see better covered here. One being the LED limit for adding additional LEDs to the internal controller. Also, the performance/silent switch on the fan controller, I would like to know what this does. Does it intelligently control the actual PWM signal to limit the fan speed or is it merely a hard voltage limit to keep the fans from going too high of a speed.

 

Lastly, I would like to see a representation of mounting a fan to the PSU shroud as from what I can tell there are two mounts for fans on the shroud yet, the spec lists as only 1x 120mm can mount to it.

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