Like its cousins the Silent Base 800 and Dark Base 900, the Dark Base 900 Pro offers a massive amount of space for PC builders. This is great for anyone building a gaming PC for the first time as it means getting components into the case is relatively straight forward. As an added bonus the Dark Base 900 Pro is completely customizable. Let’s take a closer look.
Manufacturers be quiet! have built their reputation as one of Germany’s best hardware manufacturers on one thing: keeping the noise their components put out to an absolute minimum.
This means the Dark Base 900 Pro is a great case for your gaming room, but it’s so quiet you could even put it in your lounge – if you have the room. As well as going into detail about what this case features, below we’ve put together a Dark Base 900 PC build, that comes in at $1,550 – have a look and decide if this is a build you want on your shopping list.
Dimensions and size wise the case is identical to the Dark Base 900.
That means it’s BIG – measuring a gigantic 23 inches tall, 23 inches deep and 9 inches wide – you can fit a lot of hardware inside.
However, with the pro version you get a couple of great extra features.
First, and most obvious is the glass side panel. Unlike the Silent Base 800’s plastic side panel, the 900 Pro’s panel is made from tempered glass.
It oozes quality and allows you to see everything inside your case, allowing you to show off your components’ LED lights, and wow your friends with your setup.
Second, you get an integrated wireless charger, that will let you easily charge your smartphone just by resting it on the panel at the top of the case.
Looks and styling
Like most of the cases made by be quiet! the Dark Base 900 Pro comes in a choice of three matte-black designs, which are all accented differently with either silver, black or orange.
They all look really good, but I think it’s a fair to say that the black and orange version has proved most popular in terms of sales. With be quiet! reporting this design to be in high demand from PC gamers and builders everywhere.
It’s clear to see that be quiet! has paid a huge amount of attention to detail with the Dark Base 900 Pro.
The case is built from a mixture of high-quality ABS plastic, around a sturdy aluminum and steel frame, with the tempered glass side window, setting off the design.
It’s fair to say that the Pro feels better quality than the standard 900, and I think that is due to the side panel.
Both the glass and plastic side panels can be quickly removed with thumb screws and the top and front of the case can also be easily taken off.
The plastic side panel features an adjustable air vent, sporting a be quiet! logo, that can be extended outwards to 2cm to help air flow in the case.
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Behind the front panel, sit two Silent Wings 3 140mm fans behind a fibre dust mesh, as well as two 5.25-inch drive bays.
The mesh can be easily removed and cleaned as needed
Showing their attention to detail and commitment to absolute silence, each fan is held firmly in place by four screws that are fixed into noise dampening rubber washers.
This cuts down on any vibration or fan noise dramatically.
As with the side panel the back of the door is covered with a layer of foam padding to reduce case noise.
Black aluminum mesh runs along the case’s front vertical edges, looping across the top and bottom edges of both sides of the case, providing further discrete ventilation and styling.
The front panel controls sit on a diagonal front-facing edge at the top of the case, meaning they’re easy to use if you have limited space under your desk.
The case sits on four rubber-soled feet, giving it modest clearance and improving air circulation under the base.
Upon first opening the Pro, you’ll find a cardboard box inside containing everything you need to set the case up, including every screw, nut and bolt you can imagine, as well as a variety of connectors and cable ties.
Inside, there’s plenty of room for a 22 hard drives, including 15 solid state drives and seven 3.5″ drives.
There are plenty of options for video cards too.
With the hard drive cage left in you can squeeze a card up to 12.7 inches long in, but remove the cage and you have an amazing 18.5 inches to play with – not bad!
There’s also room for all-in-one water coolers, or your own custom cooling loop.
At the back of the case there’s an additional 140mm SilentWings 3 fan, giving the case great air circulation out of the box.
There’s space for an additional 140mm fan at the front of the case, three 140mm fans at the top and two 140mm fans in the base, meaning the Dark base 900 Pro, will have no problem keeping even the most power-hungry components cool.
Dark Base 900 Pro specs
|Case size (width, height, depth), in mm||243 x 585 x 577|
|Supported motherboards||E-ATX, XL-ATX, Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|5.25" Drive Bays||2|
|3.5" Drive Bays||7|
|2.5" Drive Bays||15|
|Power Supply||PS2 ATX, max length 284mm|
|CPU cooler height||max 185mm|
|Video card length||323mm with hard drive cage, 472mm without|
|Cooling||Front: 2x140mm Silent Wings 3 @ 1000rpm, Rear: 1x140mm Silent Wings 3 @ 1000rpm|
|Liquid cooling support||Space for front radiator up to 420mm, space for top radiator up to 420mm, space for bottom radiator up to 280mm and space for rear radiator up to 140mm|
This is a BIG case, so first make sure you have plenty of room on or under your desk for it.
Despite its size though it looks good, and has been exceptionally well-styled.
Be quiet! has paid careful attention to detail with every element of the Pro’s design, from the fantastic-looking tempered glass side panel to the orange rubber washers that come with the case, and allow you to eliminate vibration noise from fans and hard drives.
There’s loads of options to customize the case too. Want the glass window on the opposite side? No problem.
Want room for an all-in-one cooler? You got it.
The detailed instruction manual walks you through the process of customizing the case, and changing its layout.
The Dark Base 900 Pro comes highly recommended, and as such has been awarded the Building a Gaming PC ‘Top Component’ badge.
The case costs around $250, and is available now.
Dark Base 900 Pro PC Build
The below build comes in at around $1,550, remember prices are updated regularly, check here for the latest price.
If you’re new to building gaming PCs and haven’t built one before, don’t worry, it’s pretty easy.
I’ve pulled together a series of short videos that should help you get going.
Click the upper left corner of the below vid to bring up a playlist.
The videos are short and to the point, but if you still have questions on building a gaming PC, drop me a line.
The below build features a newly reduced GTX 1080 superclocked video card from EVGA.
This card is a monster and will easily handle any of today’s latest games at 4K and 2560×1440 resolutions.
I’ve opted to include a MSI Z270 motherboard alongside the rig’s seventh generation Intel i5-7500 Kaby Lake CPU.
This is a quad core chip that runs at 3.4GHz base clock speed but boosts to 3.8GHz when required, giving you extra performance while gaming or carrying out CPU-intensive tasks.
There’s plenty of storage too, with a 525GB Crucial MX300 solid state drive acting as your boot disk, and a Western Digital Blue 1TB hard drive giving you more than enough storage for music, games and movies.
There’s plenty of room for upgrades too.
As I’ve already said the case provides cavernous space for storage, large video cards and CPU coolers.
So, in the future when you want to upgrade to an overclockable Kaby Lake CPU like the i5-7600K, a custom cooler and a second GTX 1080, there’s room to do it.
The build is completed by a Windows 10 64-bit installation USB.
The below prices are subject to daily fluctuations, check here for the latest price.
The above prices are subject to daily fluctuations, check here for the latest price.
If you’ve already got a Dark Base 900 Pro, firstly thanks for reading.
Remember to leave us a comment below and let us know what you think of the case.
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