Be quiet! That’s what they said to their new Silent Base series and boy, did it ever listen. This brilliant chassis will leave you happy with spending the extra few bucks for quality. The Silent Base line comes in four options, 600 or 800 each with window or no window option. Your choice in colours are orange, black, silver and exclusively in the 800, red. Today we will be working with the 600 Window Orange.
The whole case is a matte black look with some complimentary orange design throughout. The front of the case is where you’ll find most of the action if you don’t have the window model but lucky enough we do. You’ll see the case has a division line horizontally half way up the panel.
The top half is actually a door that opens up to expose the three 5.25” drive bays. Each of the bays has an easy to use lock toggle on the window side. Simply slide the toggle to the right, then insert your bay and click it back to the left and you’re locked in.
The door opens to the left but is interchangeable to the right side; convenient depending which side of your desk the computer sits on. Looking at the bottom of the door opening you’ll see a handle, if you pull that up you’ll see it is the filter for the fans in the front panel, this is excellent for housekeeping of your fans. The top of the 5.25” bay also has a toggle switch which controls the speed of up to three fans. This is yet again another cool addition so you don’t have to always use programming to set fan speed. The case is equipped with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 slots. Also, your standard headphone and microphone jacks are set between the pairs of USB’s. On the very top you’ll see the power button, can’t miss it it’s a little larger than an inch by an inch.
Both side panels are easily removable by unscrewing two thumb screws per side. The inside of the panels you’ll notice all have insulation mats that help dampen sound.
The non-window panel has a big square with “Be Quiet!” centered on it. This isn’t just a cool look but is actually a functional part of the case. The square piece is adjustable and can be set at three different levels or removed completely and leaves you available to install a 120mm fan. If you remove the panel you’ll also see two SSD expansion slots which are slid into place and secured by a thumbscrew. This is cool as it can be where you keep your OS drives or any others that you may not need to remove too often.It’s a convieient management issue hidden in the back of the computer and you’ll have less clutter in the main area. What we did notice with this area though is cable management becomes a little more difficult with very little tie-downs and once everything is installed and SSD’s mounted the adjustable square pops out of place due to the placement of it. We noticed it being easier to put the panel on first and then proceeding to put the clip back in.This also helps you by being able to fiddle with the inside of the computer while adjusting the panel back on.