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[Review] be quiet! Silent Base 800

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey guys,

after using this case for about a month and I did not find much reviews on the internet, I decided to write about my experience with this case.

First impression: this thing is damn big. Ok, not that big, but big for me because I had only seen laptops before this and also had seen only small pcs you can get by HP, Acer or any other brand with pre-build pcs.

dimensions: length x width x height: 495 x 266 x 556/542 mm (height depends on whether you put the two long feet on it)

It has place for up to 7 fans (2 front (preinstalled), 2 top, 1 sidepanel, 1 bottom (between psu and hdds), 1 rear (preinstalled)), has 7 3.5" drive bays (one 3 drive cage, one 4 drive cage), place for 3 5.25" things (or you can install the drive cage with the three drives here) and lots of space to put all your components in (even high tower coolers (up to 170mm), graphics cards up to 400 mm (if you have only one of the two drive cages in the bottom). If you want to have many ssds, you can also mount 2 of them behind the mainboard tray.

 

The quality of this case is very good - allthough top, bottom and front panel are out of plastic. On of the side panels is a little bit twisted on mine, but you can shut it easily, not recognizable when the case is closed.

 

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Putting all my componts in was no problem, I put the drive cage for 4 drives out and the other drive cage in the bottom to improve airflow and have enough space for the beast gaming g1 970. Although i did not cable manage very well, I had no trouble getting the side panel back on. I had some troubles with putting the drive cages out because there is a hidden screw on the other side of the mainboard tray to srew the cages on to. This is not explained in the manual.

So - let's see how this thing performs: It is even with the stock fans (2x 140mm, 1x 120mm Pure Wings 2) very, very quiet. The loudest thing in the machine is the gtx 970 I think, but even this you barely can hear. If I max everything out, I can't get both cpu and gpu over 60°C - good job. One little tiny thing I don't like that much is: due to the fact that the fans on the front have to take their air from the side, you can improve temperatures by 5°C if you open the front flap.

 

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Conclusion time: what are my pros/what are my cons?

pros:

  • good quality
  • delivered with 3 (!!) very quiet fans
  • effective noise dampening as far as I can tell (had no other case before)
  • much room for everything (gpu up to 400mm, cpu cooler up to 170mm)
  • ssd mounting on the other side
  • door before 5.25" bays, opening direction can be changed
  • good looking ;-)

cons:

  • bad manual: how can I get the front panel of? where did they hide the screws for hdd cages?

neutral:

  • for this price tag, they could have put silent wings instead of pure wings in it (could be an argument; I don't care)
  • opening the front flap improves temperatures by 10%

Hope it helped you & you enjoyed it to read!

 

P.S. This is my first review, so feel free to tell me what I can improve.


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be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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Front panel is held on with tags :P and what screws fir the HDD cage ?

 

You can put the 3 drive bay where the 5.25 bays are if you really want to , better airflow that way :D

 

Good review , i enjoyed reading :)


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Front panel is held on with tags :P and what screws fir the HDD cage ?

 

You can put the 3 drive bay where the 5.25 bays are if you really want to , better airflow that way :D

 

Good review , i enjoyed reading :)

thanks!

the single screw behind the the mainboard tray, on the cable managment side.

I know that you can mount this cage in the 5.25" bay, wrote that a little bit hidden;-)

 

 

It has place for up to 7 fans (2 front (preinstalled), 2 top, 1 sidepanel, 1 bottom (between psu and hdds), 1 rear (preinstalled)), has 7 3.5" drive bays (one 3 drive cage, one 4 drive cage), place for 3 5.25" things (or you can install the drive cage with the three drives here) and lots of space to put all your components in (even high tower coolers (up to 170mm), graphics cards up to 400 mm (if you have only one of the two drive cages in the bottom). If you want to have many ssds, you can also mount 2 of them behind the mainboard tray.


GUITAR BUILD LOG FROM SCRATCH OUT OF APPLEWOOD

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

can't you put fan on both side panel?

it may fit if you have no cables or ssd in the way and if it's a very slim fan, but it does not make sense to me and be quiet doesn't say that you can mount a fan there behind the mobo tray


GUITAR BUILD LOG FROM SCRATCH OUT OF APPLEWOOD

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

but it has pre drilled holes?

just opened my case for you;-)

yes it has predrilled holes, so you'd be able to mount a fan here (if it's slim)

EDIT: it even has a dust filter here


GUITAR BUILD LOG FROM SCRATCH OUT OF APPLEWOOD

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 7/1/2015 at 1:29 PM, MadManMarsBar said:

Front panel is held on with tags :P and what screws fir the HDD cage ?

 

You can put the 3 drive bay where the 5.25 bays are if you really want to , better airflow that way :D

 

Good review , i enjoyed reading :)

got it off - but you have to remove the 5.25 Drive which is kind of strange

 

UPDATE:

 

I sometimes read about filling the top and bottom cover with some sort of foam. So now I had time for things like that and cut some foam and put it in there. I filled the front cave where the power button and the front I/O sits up to the point where the 140mm fan hole begins and in the basement i put 3 long sticks of foam in it (there are some plastic stands to give stability so i had to work around).

I didn't notice any difference. Maybe if i'll put a thin layer of foam on the inside of the whole top cover it'll improve it but i don't think so that it is noticeable.

 

This does not change anything on the conclusion for me: pretty quiet case (especially if you set you fan profile in the uefi to silent)


GUITAR BUILD LOG FROM SCRATCH OUT OF APPLEWOOD

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

UPDATE to additional sound dampening:

recently I recognised a humming noise so I started searching. Due to the fact that the sound dampening didn't help in the top I removed that. Then I recognised that the top cover was vibrating so I tried to layers but the humming noise wasn't gone. Also unplugging all case fans didn't help at all so I left it at that point. Today I tried again and unplugged the hdd - voila - the noise was gone. Because I don't have an SSD, I thought I have to live with that but when I closed the case, I recognised that the side panel on the cable managment side was vibrating. When I put some material in there (the foam I use is thicker than the CM room so the side panel is pressed against it), this thing is now as silent as without hdd. :)

All in all, pretty solid case, but that humming noise was nasty. But seems to be only my case ...


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Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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The proportions are just off for me. Having been used to more longer than higher cases, it hurts my ocd. If it would be longer by 10+cm and have more vents on the top I would buy it and make a ltt build


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 27.12.2015 at 10:31 AM, IMPERIUS said:

The proportions are just off for me. Having been used to more longer than higher cases, it hurts my ocd. If it would be longer by 10+cm and have more vents on the top I would buy it and make a ltt build

It's true, this case looks very different to others - but I like it;) The vents on the top is a chapter itself: it doesn't look like much, but because this whole top piece is an own chamber, it directs the air out of the back too, not only through these tiny slots. kinda similiar to the moduvent system where you have the top closed, but here with closed top and at the same time air exhaust


GUITAR BUILD LOG FROM SCRATCH OUT OF APPLEWOOD

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | Dell P2314H

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC

 

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