Coming from a micro-ATX PC, my first thoughts on opening the Dark Base 900 were that it’s a monster – it’s huge! Its cavernous interior has acres of space for anyone building a gaming PC and desperate to cram in as much as they can. Let’s take a closer look at the case from be quiet! below.
Whether you’re building a gaming PC for your home, office or lounge you should always consider how much noise it puts out, if you’re looking for something that’s super quiet and also very large, the Dark Base 900 could be for you. Granted, its size probably writes it off as a case for a media PC to sit in your lounge (unless you have a giant lounge!) but as a gaming PC to sit under your desk it’s perfect.
The Dark Base 900 offers great styling, tonnes of customization, loads of cooling options and almost completely silent operation. Take a look below and decide if this should be on your shopping list for your next PC build. Then take a look at the $1,550 Dark Base 900 PC build I’ve put together.
Like I said above this is very much a FULL tower case, measuring a gigantic 23 inches tall, almost 23 inches deep and 9 inches wide, it’s the sort of case that could house three mini-ITX cases inside it and still have room for a GTX Titan or two, OK maybe a slight exaggeration, all I’m trying to say is it’s BIG.
It’s been designed by German manufacturers be quiet!, one of the country’s leading builders of silent running PC equipment.
It varies slightly from the Dark Base Pro 900 which features a gigantic tempered glass window, and a couple of other premium features.
Keep an eye on the site for an upcoming review of the Dark Base Pro 900.
Like the Silent Base range the Dark Base 900 comes in a choice of three designs, they’re all black but are accented differently with either silver, black or orange colors – please note the middle case in the below picture is a Dark Base 900 Pro case.
They all look really good and it’s clear that be quiet! has paid a lot of attention to detail with the Dark Base 900.
The front, top and sides of the case are made from high-quality ABS plastic built around a sturdy aluminum and steel frame.
The plain 900 version has two side panels, while the 900 Pro features a tempered glass panel on one side, that can be switched to either side of the case, dependinmg on where your PC will sit.
Side panels can be quickly and easily removed using the thumb screws provided, while the top and front of the case can also be quickly removed.
Each side panel features an adjustable air vent, sporting be quiet!’s discrete logo, and each vent can be extended outwards by up to 2cm to help case ventilation.
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Upon opening the smooth and understated front panel, you’re faced with two 140mm fans that sit behind a fibre dust mesh, as well as two 5.25-inch drive bays.
The door opens smoothly and quietly with a barely audible click.
As with the side panels the interior of the door is coated with a chunky layer of foam padding to help reduce case noise.
A fine 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.
The mesh is so fine, that on first glance you barely notice it’s there, testament to be quiet!’s excellent design.
The two SilentWings 3 140mm front fans are behind a mesh grille that’s easy to remove and clean, with each fan being held in place with four screws.
Each of the screws is seated on a rubber washer to help further eliminate annoying vibration or case noise.
The front panel controls sit on a diagonal front-facing edge at the top of the case which means they’re easy to use if you have limited space under your desk for the Dark Base 900.
The case is supported by four rubber-soled feet – two at the front and two at the back – helping give the case modest clearance off the floor and improving circulation under the base of the case.
Upon opening the case you’ll find a small box inside containing a huge range of screws, bolts, and connectors, and everything else you need to get up and running.
Fans and hard drives
Inside, there’s ample room for a huge slection of hard drives, a massive video card or two, after-market water coolers, and room for your own custom water cooling.
In total there’s space for 22 hard drives, including 15 solid state drives and seven 3.5″ drives – if you need that much storage!
At the back of the case there’s an additional 140mm SilentWings 3 fan, which also operates at 1,000rpm – giving the case great through flow of air.
There are spaces for additional fans at the top and base of the case, meaning the Dark base 900 has no problem keeping even the hungriest, hottest components cool.
Dark Base 900 specifications
|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 300mm|
|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|
Firstly, this case is recommended for anyone who has a lot of space to play with.
There’s no escaping the fact that it’s BIG – but it looks good with it.
And its size is also matched by the options for customization it provides to PC builders.
There’s tonnes of room, so multi-GPU, multi-drive builds will not be a problem.
The pre-installed cooling – in the form of the three 140mm SilentWings 3 fans are good enough to get anyone started, while the space inside, the foam-lined panels and freedom to add fans virtually anywhere means there’s loads of room to upgrade in the future.
The Dark Base 900 is available now for around $260.
Suggested Dark Base 900 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 aplaylist.
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 the awesome power of an Intel i5-6600K cpu, which is cooled by a monster befitting this case, Noctua’s NH-D15 fan – its huge and many cases would struggle to accommodate it, but it fits into the Dark Base 900 quite easily.
Next, there’s a GTX 1070 video card, that’s well capable of running the latest games at 2560×1440 resolutions at 60 frames per second and above, and will even handle 4K gaming, with details turned down.
Powering the whole build is be quiet!’s excellent Dark Power Pro 11 power supply unit.
It kicks out 850W of power which is more than enough for this rig, and will also provide you with power for multi-GPU setups.
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 used the Dark Base 900 in your PC build, please leave a comment and let us know how you found it.
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