Be Quiet’s Dark Base 700 lets you build it your way

I used to be one of those guys who would only build in full-tower cases. There's something to be said for having as much room as you need—however much that is. There's also something to be said for having a PC that isn't the size of a mini-fridge, though. Folks who need the capabilities of a full-sized ATX machine but don't want a full-tower chassis can pick up something like Be Quiet's new Dark Base 700 modular mid-tower ATX case.

Be Quiet says the Dark Base 700 is essentially similar to its flagship Dark Base 900 case, just smaller. Like its bigger brother, the 700 is a premium fully-modular chassis design using high-quality steel for its frame and tempered glass for its window. "Fully-modular" means that everything inside can be popped out and repositioned. That even includes the motherboard tray—you can set up the Dark Base 700 with an inverted ATX layout if you choose.

Like most of the newer cases we see, there's a shroud that separates the power supply from the rest of the case. If you like, two of the three included 3.5" hard drive cages can be moved to the lower chamber to keep them out of sight. Three 2.5" drives can be mounted to the back of the motherboard tray, conveniently making room for the six SATA drives supported by most motherboards these days. If you need more storage, Be Quiet says you could equip your Dark Base 700 with up to seven 3.5" drives or a whopping 15 2.5" drives.

Be Quiet includes a pair of its 140-mm SilentWings 3 fans with the case, and you can hook up four more to the included fan controller. That controller has its six plugs split into two sets of three that can each be set to silent or performance mode using the buttons on the front panel of the case. Alternatively, you could replace the fans with radiators up to 360 mm in length at both the front and top of the case, and there are additional accomodations for a 140-mm fan or radiator in the rear.

Of course, what truly defines the Dark Base 700 as a modern premium computer case are the RGB LED accents along the beveled edges of the front panel. Joking aside, the lighting is relatively understated and can be cycled through six colors using the front panel buttons. Builders more concerned with the lightning can connect it to their motherboard for more delicate adjustments.

Newegg already has a product page up for the Dark Base 700 with a $179.90 price. Over in Europe, you can find the case for about €160 at both Mindfactory.de and Alternate.de.

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    • mudcore
    • 2 years ago

    Virtually every case from Be Quiet! comes with at least one 5.25″ bay and yet on TechReport the comments can’t stop asking for the one Be Quiet! case that doesn’t have one… to also have one.

    Maddening. Why can’t you guys just accept THERE ARE OTHER CASES FOR YOU AND LEAVE THIS ONE DAMN ONE ALONE. It’s the RGB LED crap all over again. The discussion level is so damn low when people just make demands when they’re clearly clueless about what’s out there.

      • Khali
      • 2 years ago

      Because the title to the article is this: “Be Quiet’s Dark Base 700 lets you build it your way”.

      But you can’t build it your way when they left out the option of adding in a 5.25 drive bay or two if you want them.

      Yes, I realize that TR is the one that came up with the title and not Be Quiet. Still the point remains, why offer a modular case and leave an option out that is still in demand to a segment of the case buying customer base?

        • mudcore
        • 2 years ago

        This case is modular in numerous ways. You can invert interior layout for crying out loud. Very few cases which advertise “modularity” as a feature are as modular as this case is. And again, because you guys seem to want to ignore it every time, Be Quiet offers other modular cases that do have 5.25″ bays.

        Why doesn’t this one have a 5.25 bay” Because it is a mid tower with a 3x140mm rail-type mounting bracket in front. This is clearly a decision they made to make a unique model focused on maximize cooling with their “design ethos” of low-noise designs. They have a number of other models if you don’t care about this. BUT THIS ONE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT THE 3×140 MOUNTS.

        The complaints just make zero sense. There isn’t a lack of options for you guys who want a 5.25″ bay from Be Quiet. Literally all their other models have them. This is the one exception in the line up and all you’re focused on is making it like the others…

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    They couldn’t fit a 5.25″ bay in a case that size? Jeeze.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      1995 called.

        • Khali
        • 2 years ago

        More like 1982 called and your supposed to emulate the Commodore 64 and spread your drives out all over your desk now. That thing in the 90’s where everything was in one case was just a fad.

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        8″ Floppy Drive Bay or GTFO!

          • Concupiscence
          • 2 years ago

          So a while back, at my last job, I found myself in one of the record rooms and actually found a small trove of 8″ floppies with historical oil production records on them. The sheer size notwithstanding, where could you even send those things off to be read and recovered at this point?

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            Nuclear missile silos still use them (not even joking) although I don’t think they are in the business of extracting data from old 8″ floppies.

        • Concupiscence
        • 2 years ago

        It wants its functional utility and flexible use cases back? Or to push them forward into today?

          • mudcore
          • 2 years ago

          Supporting a 5.25″ would reduce utility and flexibility for the majority of buyers of this case.

          Be Quiet! makes a case with 5.25″ bays. Both their Silent Base and Pure Base series offer this.

          Seriously chances are pretty freaking high Be Quiet took it out because most reviewers and consumers point out its going to never be used and only compromises an area that when left clear gives a lot more cooling options, especially if you’re putting a radiator of some sort up front.

            • VincentHanna
            • 2 years ago

            Actually, supporting more and various modules increases the utility and flexibility of a modular case, by definition.

            • mudcore
            • 2 years ago

            Most people have no interest in filling a 5.25″ drive bay with things like card readers, fan controls, etc. Much more common these days are systems built using 240/280/360 radiators that are put into the front of the case. Users would prefer the area to be completely clear of any obstructions. Historically even when a case has had a “modular” 5.25″ drive bay there are still things like metal flaps that get in the way and obstruct fans, radiator outlets, etc. Even more, the vast majority do not want a 5.25″ cutout (even with cover they’re still ugly) or a door and hinge mechanism (as some cases do to hide their bays).

            So no… it intends entirely on what you’re going to do and the vast majority of people have no desire to use a 5.25″ bay period. BUT even if YOU do as I already cover Be Quiet offers other models that have the 5.25″ bay (using in the “modular” style too).

            Be Quiet has addressed this topic more thoroughly than most manufacturers. It’s suck when you’re the “odd one out” in the market but the market has spoken and most users don’t want 5.25″ bays (modular or not) and Be Quiet is going to design cases predominately around that.

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        They did?! Oh my god. Warn them. [i<]Warn them [/i<].

          • Ninjitsu
          • 2 years ago

          lower case ‘i’ 😛

          edit: ninja’d

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      I wish more case manufacturers would address the obvious problem – that some people want watercooling AND and an optical drive (I want neither of those things, btw).

      It’s seems simple – they are already in the habit of screwing slim SSDs to the back of the motherboard tray, why not just add a slimline optical bay in a vertical orientation behind the tray. You can still have 240/280/360mm radiators top AND front, but the space to the side of those is wasted and a slot load or tray load optical drive would fit in there with minimal effort.

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