When hearing about the Pure Base 500, I figured it would be another derivative of the Pure Base series. I am pleased that there are plenty of small things that make a meaningful difference in the overall capabilities of the chassis. For example, the 500 is approximately 13mm wider than the 600, which is a little more expensive. However, this means that as we observed, the 500 can fit our AIO and memory, which many mid towers cannot.
When we tested the Pure Base 500, we measured and ambient of 22.8C with an RH of 44%. Under full load, we observed an average temperature of 45.2C Delta over ambient, which is very respectable for the small chassis and in the top half of the recorded deltas we have seen in the past half-year. The GPU showed an average delta of 37.5C and is in the top 25% of results from the last half-year of testing.
Now we must talk about what we liked with the Pure Base 500. First, I would say the color is unique and grew on me a bit during my time with it. The cable management is excellent and allowed for a far more natural and less stressful assembly. The quality of materials is excellent. I did not at any point feel something that came across as flimsy or weak; every panel and steel piece I met was rigid and felt high quality. The width to fit the AIO with our test RAM is a plus, and something cases at a higher price point cannot match in many scenarios.
Now we approach what we did not like about the Pure Base 500. First, I think the side air inlets are going to be limiting for users who put multiple fans up front. I also feel like the through panel glass mounting fasteners is now an aging method, and I think there is a cleaner way this can be done to step up the class this chassis would look to fit in.
The Pure Base 500, at its price point just based on the quality of materials alone, I feel like the chassis places well. While some chassis at this range may have a basic RGB fan or some gimmick to help add value, Be Quiet! simply made a reputable, sturdy chassis that would be a solid foundation for a budget APU build as much as it could host a multi-thousand dollar high-end rig.
Be Quiet did a great job of managing a BOM and putting features in place that made sense and enhanced the overall experience.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Jan 25, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
Be Quiet! added something special to the Pure Base 500, and the quality speaks volumes. The Pure Base Pro 500 is a sturdy platform for any level build.