Inside the Pure Base 500 Continued
Here we look at the rear mounting for the fan and inside the rear I/O area. The preinstalled fan is, of course, the previously mentioned 140mm DC 3-pin Pure Wings 2 140mm model. The expansion slot covers are chassis color painted, and there is plenty of room even for oversized taller GPUs.
When pulling the cable management panel, we find not only the standard accessory kit in the HDD cages. We also see the additional airflow focused top plate in a plastic bag; this is quite a smart way to include this with little to no package customization necessary.
Pulling the accessories and we finally get into the meat of the cable management area. The left-hand side is where I mentioned the SSD mounts previously, and you can now see the plastic logo insert in the middle. This piece can pop out to allow easy cable routing then to be replaced to cover the connections entirely. You can also see a try for two more 2.5" drives mounted over the CPU cutout. Overall the cable management is excellent, and the included Velcro straps are a great addition. The cable tie-down scattered throughout are far more than many others offer and will come in handy if you fill the chassis with RGB.
The drive cage for the Pure Base 500 is a dual drive capable unit. The two 3.5" drives each have their holes to mount and directly fasten to the rubber isolation mounts. The cage can be moved from this location to a bit further back, which is why we mentioned the PSU length difference. If not needed, the cage can also be removed entirely to make more room for tucking cables or liquid cooling room.
Here we have the PSU area, and we see the triangular ventilation opening once again. The PSU can sit on the four rubberized foam pads which support and absorb vibration from the PSU to chassis being transferred.
The front panel cables are minimalist.
- 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (Feeds front panel Type-A ports)
- Power switch and LED connectors
- HD audio connector
The fact that there is no reset button or HDD LED means there are only two for the controls. The two Type-A ports hook up to a standard 20-pin as expected, and HD audio does what it's supposed to. The one thing I would wish for is a combo power and HDD activity LED in the power switch, as some users may still need that. Other than that, I will mirror my desire for the BOM cost of Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port to come down so we can see it on more value chassis.
Last updated: Jan 25, 2020 at 06:11 am CST