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BeQuiet! Dark Base Pro 900 Orange rev. 2, Full Tower ATX, 3 pre-installed Silent Wings 3 fans, tempered glass window, RGB LED illumination BGW14

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Jumping ahead to an open case, we can see the bottom filter pulled out to its whole length. You can see the meshed-over side inlets for bottom intake fans. If you will recall, the bottom surface is blank. That means you can put this case on a carpet with impunity: it will not plug up your airflow. The length and accessibility of the bottom filter is also important. This case weighs 29 to 32 lbs without computer gear inside (the variation: it weighs 29 lbs. with one HDD cage, 32 lbs. with seven). It makes sense that once you put it down you will not want to move the case with its enclosed system. Having the bottom filter cover the whole bottom of the PSU to the front means that once you put it down you won’t have to move it. The filter is accessible from the front without moving the case which allows you to put the case in a cabinet.

Taking a closer look at the side, we find some mesh ventilation which also follows the glass giving airflow to the top, front and bottom of the case. The top panel pops off after we release several plastic tabs from the inside of the case. A look underneath reveals another layer of sound-deadening foam, plus the baffles behind the mesh we saw from the outside of the case. be quiet! claims these baffles help break up direct air flow and smooth out the case’s noise character, but they primarily appear to constrict air flow to my jaded eye. We’ll see whether that impression carries over in our performance tests. The rubberized fan frame is equipped with funnel-shaped air inlets producing extremely high air pressure The last items on the main case that needed to be switched were the orange pads for the motherboard tray.The next picture is one you have been waiting for. The side panel is a sheet of tempered glass. Oh sure, you have had windowed side panels – side panels that are steel on the periphery enclosing glass or Plexiglas windows. But this side panel is pure glass.

Thinking outside the box, Be Quiet built a Qi charging station into the Dark Base Pro 900. It sits on top of the case toward the front. This allows you to plop a Qi-enabled smartphone (such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6) on top of the case to recharge while you frag your friends. That's pretty rad. It can also free up a USB port if you often find yourself charging your phone through your PC. For just one example, when I put together our Ryzen Threadripper video-editing build earlier this year, mounting our 360-mm radiator in the top of that case required me to collapse the Fractal Design Define R6’s many 3.5″ bays into just two behind-the-motherboard mounting points. I had to sacrifice its 5.25″ bays in the bargain, as well. During assembly, I also had to re-mount that radiator after our initial configuration to combat a clearance issue I hadn’t accounted for. The biggest, baddest cases around tend to avoid those annoyances, and that’s apparently why they keep selling. Looking into the case’s main chamber, we can see the other major change be quiet! made to the design of the Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2 versus its first-gen forebear. A full-length PSU shroud now runs across the bottom of the case for a cleaner look, in keeping with most other cases these days. Plastic covers on top of this shroud can be removed to allow for better air flow to the power supply and storage devices underneath. be quiet! will make this shroud available to those who already own a Dark Base 900 and want to cover up their cable nests. be quiet! also cleaned up the appearance of the Dark Base 900’s hard-drive mounting points in the case’s second revision. Instead of bare holes in the hard-drive mounting tray, the case now comes with plastic covers pre-installed that look more intentional than the let-it-all-hang-out approach of the past. These covers aren’t just there for better aesthetics, though—they can be popped out of the hard-drive tray to varying degrees to allow cables to pass through if needed without ruining the otherwise-clean appearance afforded by this improvement. In their manual be quiet! tells you what kind of air cooling and water cooling will fit inside the Dark Base 900. It’s basically anything you can think of. What they don’t tell you about is how well everything fits together. Probably the first rule you learned about when working with sheet metal was to fasten everything loosely until all the screws are in, then tighten them. Here, the be quiet! engineers spoil us. In most areas the holes are so well-aligned that our First Rule is no longer necessary: we can usually tighten screws as we come to them.This hub can control the speed of connected fans, as well as the lighting using the button on the front panel or the fan control slider behind the front door. Interestingly, you can also connect this hub to your motherboard to synchronize all your installed lighting. Every contribution makes a difference and we thank you for your support. Inside the Belly of the Beast

With its fan hub in quiet mode, the Dark Base Pro 900duced a pleasingly smooth noise character under load that belied the pair of GTX 1080 Tis and 180-W CPU cranking away inside. All of the fans I could hear sounded mostly like moving air, and I couldn’t hear a single stray vibration or rattle from the case. The absolute noise levels produced by the system in this configuration were loud enough to be consistently noticeable, but they didn’t annoy me or otherwise cause me to seek aural relief. Now we can see the raw skeleton of the Dark Base 900. It weighs all of 7 lbs. (112 oz. = 3.2 kg). Given that the original case was 29 lbs. making the skeleton out of aluminum would be a false economy. In addition to adjusting the height of the motherboard tray, you can take it out, flip it around, and install it on the other side of the case. This results in an inverted orientation that allows you to show off your build from the right side instead of the left. The motherboard tray supports a wide range of motherboard sizes that including small form factor boards like Mini-ITX/M-ATX all the way up larger once such as E-ATX/XL-ATX. The Dark Base Pro also has plenty of cable routing cutout around the motherboard with two at the top and bottom as well as three grommets on the right side of the tray.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Even with those minor annoyances, the case provided unmistakable style, excellent cooling performance, pleasant noise levels, and a smooth aural signature, even with a 180-W Ryzen Threadripper CPU and a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Tis inside. The Dark Base 900’s variety of noise-dampening features didn’t seem to give any of our components any trouble in getting the airflow they needed to stay cool. Overall, the case proved a quiet and competent home for our high-end test system. This post is more a public service for other AF 420 AIO owners, wondering if your rad will fit a Dark Base Pro 900 rev.2

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