Quiet Full-Tower Final Thoughts
be quiet! certainly have made a lot of things right with the Silent Base series. There seems to be a great attention to detail, and the quality and construction of the Silent Base 600 was phenomenal. First impressions were great, with ample support for large graphics cards, some water cooling, and a very complete manual. The case is flashy, but not tacky. However, there is some improvements to be made. At the price point of the Silent Base 600, I was expecting a full tower as to include support for 8 expansion slots, and more room at the top for better water cooling compatibility. be quiet! would also benefit from taking away at least one of the 5.25″ bays, and making the hard drive bracket at the bottom of the case removable to allow for better water cooling. There should also be more consideration for cable management with more cable tie down points, and further spacing at the back.
be quiet! Silent Base 600 Conclusion
The scoring for performance is a bit different here than it is with other cases. The Silent Base 600’s main performance metric should be silence, and not performance by itself (although we were able to construct a semi “custom” water cooled setup inside of it). There are plenty of features that allow the Silent Base 600 to be extremely quiet, including a double glazed side panel window, a top cover made to channel air away from the user, soundproofed front and side panel, and rubber sleds for your hard drives. In terms of actual cooling performance, it is acceptable, although it could be improved by removing the bottom hard drive bracket.
I really liked the exterior design of the be quiet! Silent Base 600. It is flashy, and it calls for attention, but it is not tacky although orange is not my favorite color. There are other options with silver and black accents, which goes accordingly with the whole minimalistic movement on modern ATX cases. This also applies to the front panel with a brushed aluminum finish. Overall, it is a very good combination of a gaming look with a touch of modernism.
An all steel construction is pretty common nowadays. This comes as no surprise as steel has gone down in price and it is really sturdy. There were also no small mistakes as we expect from be quiet! The entirety of the chassis didn’t have any noticeable flex, as did the side panels and the motherboard tray. The exterior finish is not easily scratched and overall it seems like a quality case.
At the end of the day, we have to ask one question. Is it worth it? I think that depends. If you work in a recording studio, and need the best quiet case without having to buy the more expensive Silent Base 800, it is. But there are certain limitations that you need to cope with. The lack of water-cooling features may be a red flag for many of our readers, as well as the lack of cable management. But these are all things that certain people do not overlook, and would rather look at the quiet capabilities of the Silent Base 600, including the innovative double-glazed side panel. Selling for $119.90 (Newegg| Amazon), I will recommend it but only for those who are looking for a truly quiet case and don’t mind the limitations.
+ Soundproof material along the side and front panels.
+ Fully dust proof.
+ Double glazed window.
+ Very strong construction.
+ One 120 mm fan, and one 140 mm fan included.
– Poor cable management.
– Expensive compared to similar products from competition.
– No front radiator compatibility.