When I came into this review, I knew the original Dark Base Pro 900, which this case is the same as at least for the most part. This design is several years old at this point needed some modern features to keep it with the front of the pack as it was at its inception. I feel like after spending time with it, even with the build gripes I had, they were all relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.
As expected, the performance with our test system was excellent with the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 almost matching my open air thermals for this same test bench. What amazed me was the ability for the chassis to absorb sound from the AIO as I know about what noise to expect from the H100i on this setup and it was relatively inaudible and required to be right on the surface of the case to hear it doing its thing.
The Rev. 2 of this case has brought with it many significant changes such as the PSU shroud. The original had no shroud and scored amazingly and now adding a shroud and some better fan, and RGB controls mean overall across the board it's a better experience. I think one of the things that surprised me the most is the fact that be quiet! equipped much higher speed fans and still managed a full system running that is practically inaudible.
Add to this the insane possible arrangements of motherboard heights and even inverted mounting. The inclusion of a qi charger with many devices now supporting wireless charging is a great inclusion even if it is a holdover from the previous model.
The gripes or complaints I have about the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 are not substantial and very minor, which is a great thing. As I mentioned previously, I would like to see better instruction or more prominent instruction about AIO fitment. Also notations of how the fan controller manages signaling to the fans in silent vs. performance mode.
I would maybe even suggest be quiet! the default configuration of the case with one of the vented pieces at the top to give room out of the box for an AIO as I did not really see any adverse effects in this position and then there would be no adjustment necessary for most builds. Lastly would be the ARGB aspect where I would like to see addressable strips and controller integrated to better match what is the current trend.
Coming in at $269.00 at the time of this review, I feel like the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 is definitely still a contender for a top spot. It will suffer a slight amount for the features category for being non-ARGB, but I cannot imagine pulling more than a few points here as the case is simply outstanding.
be quiet! took the existing case and improved on things to make it better, not just reinvent the wheel. I do think there are some well-featured cases that can now come close to or even match the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 but considering it's based on a few years old design and still is in the upper echelon of our recommendations; you can bet it deserves and Editors Choice!
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: Enermax Platimax DF 1050W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
be quiet! knocks it out of the park once again with the Rev. 2 of the popular Dark Base Pro 900. Adding common sense features that make this case a tough one to beat.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Full-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2]
- Page 5 [Inside the Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Continued]
- Page 6 [Hardware & Documentation]
- Page 7 [Case Build & Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]