Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts
Custom water cooling loops in this case should be fairly easy to accomplish. With the various radiator options in the front, top, and rear, you should be able to easily cool a CPU and a pair of GPUs. be quiet! clearly had this lined up to allow for seemingly endless internal configurations and the ability to truly make it your own.
be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Conclusion
Given the number of fan mount locations and options, options for radiators and pumps, and the sheer amount of configuration options, this case can easily perform as your daily driver or gaming PC. The only thing that perplexed me is the really odd PSU mount, I get they wanted to “make it modular”, but I’m just not sure they should have.
The appearance of this case is somewhat minimalistic with a slight bit of wow factor. Add in some lighting and that wow factor increases exponentially thanks to the tempered glass side panel. The only thing that would have made this case a bit sleeker would have been to not have the be quiet! logo on the front door. I know branding is a must, but it’s already quite large on the left side panel.
The construction of this case is solid. Though you’ll find yourself working a lot of screws, the end result is a solid unit. The motherboard tray is secured entirely by user removable screws that each feature rubber grommets for sound dampening. The HDD/SSD drive cages are secure with 3 thumb screws each at the back of the motherboard tray. You’ll be working at roughly double the number of screws to the average case, but at that cost comes the ability to truly make this case your own. The only downside to the construction is the odd PSU mounting.
The case functions perfectly for a water-cooling enthusiast and/or an air cooling person, though function of this case is clearly for the water-cooling crowd. If you utilize the water-cooling features of this case, you might want to consider hard line tubing for a cleaner build and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Value is where I had to knock some points off. Available online for $229.99 (NewEgg), the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 becomes a real investment. Although the configuration possibilities and the tempered glass window makes it very worth it, to some it’s not very practical. The lack of a more advanced RGB LED lighting (such as the NZXT Hue+), and the fact that there is no option for a larger filter on the front if utilizing the extra fan mount, drops the value of this case slightly.
I would recommend this case to anyone wanting a decently sized mid-tower that offer excellent customization and the ability to light up the insides and be seen. The built in wireless Qi charger is also pretty cool. Be that as it may, the $50 premium the “Pro” version demands over the standard Dark Base 900, is easily understood when accounting for the tempered glass, the Qi charger, and the LED lighting. To some though, $229.99 is a little steep, but if you’re accustomed to the price that premium cases draw, then this mid-tower should be a very good contender for being your next case.
+Tempered glass side panel
+Reverse ATX capable
+Sound dampened side panel and front door
+Multiple trim options
+Built in wireless Qi Charging
-Weird PSU mounting
-Lack of additional filter when utilizing 3rd front fan
-Screws, everywhere, but are better than clips
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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