be quiet! Silent Base 600 Interior Overview
Given that the Silent Base 600 has a side panel window, I expect it’s interior to be as aesthetically pleasing as it’s exterior. In this section we will take a look at the guts of the be quiet! Silent Base 600 Orange Edition, which should be similar to the other variants of the Silent Base 600, with some minor of exceptions.
Going inside the case there are some small things that I feel be quiet! sacrificed in order to keep the price of the Silent Base 600 down. Starting with the layout, there are only 7 expansion slots and with the power supply seating right below the motherboard there is no compatibility for E-ATX or larger motherboards.I see this being a problem, as be quiet! markets the Silent Base 600 as a full tower, and seeing how there is a 64 mm height reduction when compared to the Silent Base 800 (a real full tower), I would rather call the silent base 600 a mid-tower. As expected with all cases at this price category, there are several rubber grommets, all the front panel cables are black, and there is a large cutout hole to install coolers without removing the motherboard.
Water cooling compatibility is not a feature of this case as be quiet! expects you to use it with one of their own air coolers. As it is, you can install a cooler with up to 170 mm in height, however there is space to install a 240 mm cooler at the top depending on radiator thickness and the heatsinks on your motherboard as we did when testing the case. At the front there is space for two 120 mm or one 140 mm fans, while at the top there is space for dual 120 mm or 140 mm fans but no radiators in both of these areas.
be quiet!’s lack of experience seems to show off with the mechanism used to remove and install the panels on the Silent Base 600. The top and the front panels are held by plastic tabs that need to be pushed from the inside, with the front having to be removed first prior to removing the top panel. The side panels are held in place by four metal indents, which makes closing the case a lot harder as you have to line all eight of them each time you try to close it. On a more positive note, I am glad that the I/O panel is not attached to any of the panels but rather to the chassis itself, which seems to be a common error with many cases.
At the back of the motherboard tray we still have a bit of a mix between the good and the bad. Starting with the good, there are two “tool-less” SSD trays, which along with the three 3.5″ drive slots, and the 2.5″ drive mount on the drive cage should be more than enough for a system by today’s standards. Cable management’s holes are pretty well distributed around the motherboard tray, although it could be improved if the case was taller and there were more holes at the top. In terms of cable management there seems to be a lack of cable management tie-down points, and most importantly there is less than an inch of space for cables to be routed.