be quiet! unveils entry-level Pure Base 600 chassis

The silence seekers at be quiet! have been toiling away at making computer components less audibly-noticeable for over a decade. The company's Pure Base 600 ATX chassis seemingly takes that approach and applies it to the visual aspect, by eschewing the contrasting trim and side-panel windows of some of its brethren. The new case retains many traits from its larger brothers, including modular drive bays and noise-dampening panels.

The Pure Base 600 is designed to accommodate motherboards up to ATX size. Power supplies as long as 8.3" (21 cm) can go in the respective mount, which doesn't come with the shroud that's so popular in contemporary case designs. There are mounting options for a total of three 3.5" hard drives, and up to eight 2.5" drives. Users clinging to hardware that fits in 5.25" external bays will appreciate the pair of slots that be quiet! saw fit to integrate into the Pure Base 600.

The case will take in graphics cards up to 16.7" (42.5 cm) long if the removable 3.5" drive cages are taken out, or 11" (28 cm) with the hard drive bays in place. External dimensions ring in at 18.5" x 19.4" x 8.7" (47 cm x 49.2 cm x 22 cm).

Owners can cram a ton of cooling hardware into the Pure Base 600. The top and front mounts can accommodate up to 360-mm radiators, and an additional 120-mm radiator can be mounted to the case's rear panel. The case comes with one 140-mm Pure Wings fan installed in the front panel and a similar 120-mm spinner fitted in the back. The front panel can fit another 140-mm fan, and two 140-mm or three 120-mm units can be attached to the top panel. CPU coolers as tall as 167mm can go into the Pure Base 600. be quiet! added front and bottom dust filters, along with a three-step fan controller than can deal with up to three spinners.

The Pure Base 600's top, front, and side panels are lined with noise-insulation mats. The power supply and hard drives have what the company calls anti-vibration decoupled mounts, which we guess are rubberized.

be quiet! says the Pure Base 600 will sell for $90, making this case the new point of entry into the company's lineup of PC chassis. The case should be available immediately, though it isn't appearing at any of our favorite e-tailers just yet.

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