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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    • not@home
    • 3 years ago

    Is the front brushed aluminum or is it faux brushed aluminum?

      • Khali
      • 3 years ago

      The side panels and the frame are steel, everything else is plastic.

    • Dazrin
    • 3 years ago

    I see a bottom filter, but nothing at the front, unless that skinny panel at the air inlets is one. That seems like a really small filter area for up to 2x 140mm fans. Going to clog fast and be a high pressure drop. Hopefully it just isn’t shown well. (Edit: Yes, there are two vertical strip filters at the side intakes, not much surface area there. I would rather have seen a whole front panel filter to increase the filter area/reduce pressure drop. Also, you have to remove the side panels to remove the front panels to get to the filters. Ugh. Manual: [url<]http://www.bequiet.com/volumes/PDM/_series/purebase600/purebase600_mn_en.pdf)[/url<] Overall I like the case and it is in the same range as the Fractal Design Define C, Corsair 400Q and Silverstone KL07 (which I would love to see a TR review of), so pricing doesn't seem out of line assuming quality of components is there, and it should be given their reputation.

    • thedosbox
    • 3 years ago

    I quite like the look of this. Vibration damped panels, simple looks/absence of bling, plenty of room above the motherboard, and ports that aren’t horizontal dust magnets. I wonder if they’ll make a Micro ATX version with fewer 5.25″ and 3.5″ bays.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 3 years ago

      Agreed.

      Simple, unobtrusive, not gawdy, classy looking and not overly large. I would consider this to be a worth while update to my Antec Sonata II.

        • toastie
        • 3 years ago

        Classy, except for their stupid name on the front.

          • thedosbox
          • 3 years ago

          Well, at least it’s not in ALL CAPS RGB LED.

            • toastie
            • 3 years ago

            Actually, they should rename themselves “Sound Tapering Functional Units” and just put the initials on the front.

    • colinstu12
    • 3 years ago

    $90?!?!?!? How is this “entry level” ?

    Maybe in features but you can get WAY nicer cases for cheaper.

      • thedosbox
      • 3 years ago

      It’s *their* cheapest case, hence “entry level”.

      • Airmantharp
      • 3 years ago

      “Nicer”

      Look at that feature list- you’ll be paying the same or more elsewhere.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      We asked be quiet! about the price, their rep had [url=https://goo.gl/NFO6SZ<]this[/url<] to say. [i<]Edit: Gosh darn underscore comments bug! Linked shortened.[/i<]

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    Are those punch-out expansion slot covers? Yuck!!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      The side view in the data sheet shows screws holding one of those full-height door things that are supposed to keep all the card tabs in place, so it’s basically impossible to tell. For $90 I expect replaceable slot covers, though.

      [url<]http://www.bequiet.com/volumes/PDM/_series/purebase600/purebase600_db_en.pdf[/url<]

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 years ago

        In some inexpensive cases, once you’ve punched out the original slot covers, you can then install any standard PCI/PCIe slot cover of your choice to fill the gap. I’ve got a sack full of the things in my parts bin.

        I’m curious where the flashing RGB LED disco strobe lights go on this case. It seems far to understated for TR these days.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          I much prefer to not have to punch the covers out at all. There are always two little burrs left behind for me to scratch stuff on (usually the back of my hand). Even if I’m only punching out three slots (two for a graphics card and one for my trusty USB 2.0 header that I take from build to build), that’s six of those little things I have to file off.

            • Inkling
            • 3 years ago

            There must be a blood sacrifice with every build, so be quiet is doing their part to facilitate that.

          • Neutronbeam
          • 3 years ago

          Shhhh JAE! You know you’re just taunting the writers now and asking for trouble? Suppose for April 1 they make the site all R** L**s all the time? Don’t encourage them….it’s like Beetlejuice–the more you say those abbreviations the more they show up!

            • drfish
            • 3 years ago

            Heh…

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        You’re probably right. I just HATE punch-out slot covers. The bridge pieces between the slots are so small and thin that punching out the slot covers almost always results in a bent bridge. They can be bent back, and obviously you can screw in a proper removable slot cover from your spare box, but that’s a hassle.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          We’re in luck:

          [url<]http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2017/01/17/be-quiet-pure-base-600-review/2[/url<] The large version of the photo of the inside-rear clearly shows standard slot covers. Unfortunately it also shows a really sloppy-looking build. The lack of grommets to conceal cable runs will do that. But there's no window so who cares right?

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      They’re renderings so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the shipping product had the exact same expansion slot covers as the rest of their cases, which is unlikely in terms of cost-savings unless they’ve changed OEM which is also unlikely since the rest of the case and the panels look like they match the rest of their range.

      However, from the picture, it looks like they most closely resemble the NZXT Source210 slot covers, [url=http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/01/nzxt-source-210-elite-review/source210-8b.jpg<]like[/url<] [url=http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/01/nzxt-source-210-elite-review/source210-7b.jpg<]this[/url<]. Specifically, the retention tab that hooks over the bottom of the slot from inside to out.

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