Be Quiet! Pure Base 500 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

| Jan 24, 2020 at 11:23 am CST
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Be Quiet!Model: BGW36

Pure Base 500 Mid-Tower Chassis


Looking at the front of the Pure Base 500, and you can see it has a brushed metal finish, which can absorb some fingerprints, but also cleans up rather well if it does. A small Be Quiet! logo is found in the lower center, which is standard for what they do with their badging.

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The top of the Pure Base 500 comes with a sound deadening plate with some ventilation opening toward the rear. This plate can be swapped with an included airflow model, which has an integrated filter mesh.

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The Front I/O is simple and concise, it is laid out as follows:

  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A Ports
  • Power button with integrated power LED
  • Headset and microphone 3.5mm jacks

This I/O is passable for this level of chassis, although I do think Be Quiet would have a real gem on their hands if they could fit a Type-C in the BOM, but as the cost on the connector and cabling lowers we will likely see it move into more value friendly offerings.

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The side panel is clear tempered glass with a paint color matched surround, which shields you from seeing the frame of the chassis. The panel is held on with the standard method of fasteners through the glass into the chassis. Up front, we can see the mesh on the side of the front panel, which allows airflow into the front fan area. This could be quite limiting if you stuff the front full of fans.

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The rear of the Pure Base 500 is standard with the rear 120/140 mount. There is a small gap between the motherboard and the top, which may help with RAM clearance with a top-mounted AIO, we will see when we build in it. The expansion slots are externally accessible, which allows for a small bit more internal volume. There is a slide cover which helps retain the cards along with covering the opening once cards are installed. The PSU uses a removable plate as the unit must be slid in from the back and not through the cable management section.

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The cable management side of the chassis is a substantial steel panel with sound deadening. We can see once again that up front, the side of the front panel is flanked by mesh for air ingestion.

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The bottom of the chassis has a filter running the entire length from front to rear. The filter is removable from the front. The feet are four rectangular plastic angular blocks, each with its rubber pad to keep the chassis from sliding on its seating surface.

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Pulling the filter from the chassis and we see the slots that the HDD cage can be placed into for positioning. Also, we see here the large rectangular ventilated opening for the PSU fan inlet.

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