Tom's Hardware is reporting that be quiet! has announced a pair of modular high-end cases, the Dark Base 900 and the Qi-charger-enabled Dark Base 900 Pro. According to the site, these models are meant to be the new flagship chassis for the quiet-component company.
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The main feature set for both cases is the same, as is the brushed black-and-silver aluminum styling. Both cases will fit motherboards up to full-sized ATX and offer a host of fan mounts in various configurations. The company ships the cases with three 120mm fans from its SilentWings series. A total of nine 3.5" drive bays are available, and the cases come come fitted with seven individually removable drive cages. The front-panel cluster is fitted with a fairly standard set of ports—two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5-mm audio port.
One particular feature that helps to solidify the Dark Base family's high-end status is its modular design. According to Tom's, the motherboard tray can be inverted, and the side panels can be installed on either side of the case to maintain airflow when the tray is inverted. The motherboard tray can even be removed from the case to be used as a test bench, or to simplify particularly tight builds.
As is so often true, the differences between the cases are more exciting than the similarities. The Dark Base 900 Pro adds a few features over the non-pro version, ranging from the common to the bizarre. The Pro gets five-color LED strips on the inside of the chassis, and a tempered glass window so you can show them off. This version also packs a built-in Qi wireless charging station, located on the top of the case behind the front panel port cluster. This is the first chassis-integrated wireless charging station we are aware of, and while it remains to be seen how functional it is, it definitely makes the Dark Base 900 Pro stands out in the sea of PC cases.
The Dark Base 900 will run $200 when it is released, and the extra features of the Pro will push it up to $250. Tom's reports that be quiet! intends to launch both cases in early July.