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be quiet! BGW11 DARK BASE PRO 900 ATX Full Tower Computer Chassis - Black
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- Fully versatile thanks to modular construction, offering an relocatable motherboard tray, repositionable HDD slots, support for even E-ATX and XL-ATX as well as the possibility of an inverse layout
- Three pre-installed Silent Wings 3 140mm PWM fans featuring a smooth-running 6-pole motor, fluid-dynamic bearing and funnel-shaped air inlets
- Effective full circuit airflow system with innovative noise-reducing vents all around the case
- Completely sound insulated case with decoupled elements for motherboard, power supply and drives
- Four areas for water cooling radiators up to 420mm on top, front, back and base of the case
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be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900: unrivaled flexibility with impeccable cooling and silence features. It was designed for high-end enthusiasts and individualists - all of those who expect the highest standards when it comes to modularity, compatibility and design for their high-end workstations as well as overclocked and silent water-cooled systems. Dark Base Pro 900 has numerous modularity options to satisfy every desire with lots of features to support special configurations. Aluminum surfaces and steel offer highest stability with a look of extreme elegance. Simply an engineering work of art!.
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Fits my 8 HHDs along with my very long GPU (Radeon R9 Fury at 12.1 in.) and full ATX board. Even has 5 case fans with room for more.
You can change the insides to suit your preferences. You can invert the orientation of the motherboard, swap the glass to the opposite site, add or remove HHD cages, use a radiator, and more. Can even use extended ATX as well.
Has a slick, brushed metal finish on the front and a solid matching black all around. Case is all metal/alum, save for the tempered glass siding. A pleasing choice, different accents available.
Despite having way more fans and being moved to a closer spot than my previous case, this case is really quiet. This is due to the provided Silent Wings 3 and sound damping added to the case.
=In the Middle=
Due to it, being nearly all metal, it's quite heavy on its own. If doing some fine placement, and in general, recommend having a friend on hand just in case.
Comes with two free LED strips to place in the case and they're adjustable but only to 5 preset colours (White>Red>Green>Blue>Orange>Off). No brightness adjustment either.
-Lack of covering
There's nearly no covering beyond the space behind the board. This means that your PSU will be out in the open along with all the cables running from it, no shroud is provided. Same goes for cables running at the top and bottom of the case, this is very noticeable since you do have a giant window to view inside.
-Fingerprint black hole
It's extremely easy to get prints all over the case. You can have the cleanest of hands and you'll still get prints on it daily, taking away from its sleek look. What's worst is that same goes for the glass and you need a craftsman's hand to avoid getting prints whenever you take off or place the tempered glass. There's no black bordering or area to mask/absorb prints with the glass.
Even with all its provided extras and fixings, it seems to lack two extra cages for those that have small office/tiny server amounts of drives. It even has the slots for having the extras. They're probably for those that need a certain spot open for radiator/pump cables.
A majestic case that one can be proud to own. Very flexible and lots of customization though they seem to have gone with a bit of function over form in some areas and it does take away from a delightful case, I give it a high 4/5.
Feel free to ask any questions about details I may not have covered.
However I am giving this a four star review for a couple reasons, the door on mine is not flush when closed which is, to me, an important drawback. My other big complaint is the lack of a power supply shroud, I bought an overpriced plastic third party cover and it looks infinitely better since there are no unnecessary cables showing now, honestly at this price point I don’t see an excuse for not including a shroud. A minor complaint I have also is that you can’t change the color (white) of the LED on the power button in front. But it is what it is.
I currently use an AIO liquid cooler for my CPU but I’ll be changing my setup to have air cooled, and since this case has the room I will be putting in the Dark Rock Pro 3.
Overall this is a wonderful case, I highly recommend, but there are aesthetic flaws.
Lights, fan configuration & speeds, mobo & drive bay placement, are all configurable. Really glad I bought this case. The best looking one I've ever seen.
<Update 6 months After Purchase>
I like this case more now than when I first purchased it. Works great, and hasn't skipped a beat. I am always getting positive comments about it. I have been building computers for decades, and this is the base off the shelf case I've ever seen.
I should also note that for some reason the glass bezel broke when I was cleaning out the case. I don't know if it was a defective piece or what, but Amazon stood behind their product and a replacement was on it's way the same day. The unit has a three year warranty, so if anything breaks you're good. A product is only as good as the company standing behind it. And I can tell you it's fantastic. Great to do business with Amazon and BeQuiet.
I should note that BeQuiet is a German company is and is one of the top PSU and Case manufacturers in Europe. They are winning countless awards. And with this kind of product, I can see why. I have provided a link for the Dark Base Pro 900 ATX for information about the case and company. https://www.bequiet.com/en/case/701 Bark Base 900 Pro.
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From 2 to 3 stars. I just can’t give 4 stars because of all the headaches and almost rage attacks this case cost me… and I have the patience of a Buddhist master…
I've had this case since March 2019. My experience with is has been very 'ambivalent,' to put it in one word. From the beginning, both I loved and hated it. I loved its looks and premium feeling of most materials, while I hated the incredibly clumsy design solutions, wasted interior space, lack of useful features (e.g. bolt-less side panel mount), absolute lack of innovation (other than the useless –for most–‘inverted motherboard layout’) and finally, worst possible bolts/screws quality utilized.
A week ago I bought a Lianli PC011 Dynamic (see attached picture). I wanted it for its looks, innovative design and compact size. Buying this case helped me look at the Dark Base 900 Pro from a different angle and understand its strengths and weaknesses better, which are:
- Silent. Even with quality fans running at 600RPMs, only SSDs and a water pump running at 1000RPMs (inaudible), your system will be significantly quieter in this case compared to others (at least, compared to a Lianli PC011 Dynamic).
- Excellent cooling (airflow).
- Good, solid materials.
- Fan controller, wireless charger (although it’ll take longer than half a year for you to be able to simply drop your phone on the charger and having it charging at once without having to look for the bloody sweet spot for it to charge).
- LED lights.
- Motherboard position can be adjusted (be careful with this feature though and pay close attention to the top-bottom clearance you’ll have for the components you plan to install).
- Motherboard tray may be removed and used outside the case as a test bench.
- Unnecessarily difficult to build in it even for an enthusiast.
- Highly restricted cable management space on the back (behind motherboard).
- Horrible bolt/screws’ quality; worst possible in the market.
- Real need for a power-drill if you want to dismount some of the case’s components, or rearrange the interior (and even having one: good luck doing so!).
- No ventilation holes for the optional, third, top-front fan. This fan will ‘compete’ for air with the other two.
- Clumsy as ‘F-word’ PSU mount (oh boy don’t l feel better now after saying it…). Look at how l ended up mounting mine (pictures)…
- PSU bottom ventilation is vastly reduced: half of the space where your PSU will be mounted is closed (at the bottom); your PSU will only be able to suck half of the air it may need.
Considering the above, I now look at this case in a much more positive light. Yet, as much as l like its looks and value its strengths, I simply can’t give it 4 stars. Its design is beyond clumsy; it’s a work half the way done. And those bolts… that PSU mount system… At 200+ GBP it’s a solid no-go. At 130 GBP it has my recommendation (but you better know what you’re getting into!).
BeQuiet disappointed me SO bad. I'm still waiting for a reply here in Amazon.
If this case represents the best Be Quiet has to offer then what a disappointment.
I'll try to make this easy and simple by structuring the review into pros and cons.
- The looks (subjective).
- It seems sturdy.
- Quiet (?) (My system only has SSD drives, fans running at 600rpms or non spinning at all so it's difficult to assess the case impact here.)
- Dust filters. l'm not too sure about how long they'll last, but they do catch more dust than those on my previous case (Fractal Design R5).
- Fan controller: in my unit it works perfectly. I personally find it useful.
- Building on this case is horrible. If you have ever built a Fractal Design, for example, then this case will get on your nerves - guaranteed.
- Big case, little space. Cable management is truly horrible, which is so unexpected given the size of the case (my old Define R5 has tonnes of space in comparison). There is so little room to do so! Combined with the way the side panel fit (all the sound proofing material takes up quite a bit of the already little space available) and you have a nightmare coming your way, no matter how neat you do your cable management (see picture). If, on top of that, you have an EVGA Titanium with a CPU cable half the size of your forearm, then you're truly up for a... rage attack?
- The PSU mount. Someone already commented on it. Can someone hate the way a PSU mount is implemented in a PC case? If so, then I hate the way this one is done.
- The screws used. Worst quality you'll ever encounter in the market. The don't stand a single time use.
- Have you ever used a 'power drill' to build a system? (See picture.) You'll have to if you use this case. Some of the bolts must have been tighten by an angry Terminator. Now, combine this with the bolts' absolute worst quality and then you really have a situation here. I found myself having to use a screwdriver and a hummer in order to unscrew one of the broken bolts. Happy days.
- Qui-charger: someone wrote in a review that you need the accuracy of a sniper (or something like that, l can't remember). Boy, wasn't he right... A sniper? l'd say a Delta Force or DEVGRU teams sniper. Holly smokes the damn thing is so annoying. You'll never 'ever' find yourself throwing your phone on the qui-charger and be happy so see it's working right away. Ever. Let's say that I gave up on it and prefer to use the cable charger... Just can't stand the bloody thing.
- Outdated. The interior design and layout (900 Pro and Rev. 2) is simply outdated. Just check other brands like Lian-Li, Phanteks or Fractal Design and you'll see the features and solutions they use. In comparison, the Be Quiet is simply outdated and lacking features. (I believe the entire design of this case was anchored to the 'brilliant' idea someone had at Be Quiet of having that useless (for most!) feature of 'inverting the motherboards position.' It's because of this feature that some parts of the case are ill designed (the PSU mounting system is the best example I can provide).
- Have you seen the way my poor SSD was mounted? There is only 1 SSD caddy available (in such a big case!) so I had to put the other one I have on the back of the case, near the PSU... just look at the pictures and try to find it... Sure enough, the case comes with plenty HDD bays but first I don't want to restrict the air flow and second I want my system to look nice (since it has a side window). Besides, I truly dislike those HDD big bays that reminds me of those old days HDD drives.
- Motherboard and top clearance: boy, such a big case with so little internal room. You can adjust vertically the position where the motherboard is placed. However, the more room you allow on top (e.g. for a top mount radiator) the less you have in the bottom and your USB 3.0 cable barely manages to connect to the MOBO (unless you want a horrible cable management, that's it). // If you opt for mounting the radiator in the space available at the very top of the case, then your radiator fans will have a very hard time sucking or pushing air anywhere because the top of the case has no holes other than a few openings at the very back and the side ventilation (implemented throughout the case) will be blocked by the radiator and the fans themselves. Useless).
- PSU lack of ventilation: the hole under the PSU mounting position is half the way blocked by the case frame (again, due to the silly 'invert motherboard' feature that forced this design) so your PSU can hardly take fresh air from the bottom. Thankfully I have a very efficient PSU (EVGA T2 - 850w) that generates little heat (I have never heard the fan spinning on it; l know it works).
- Led strip lights: as someone noted, since they are not magnetic, they don't stay in place. Mine fell 12 hours after I had placed them (see picture). I had to replace them on the top of the chassis (where you're supposed to mount a radiator/fans) so that they cannot fall.
- Front 3rd fan: unless you keep the front door open, the top fan has literally 'nowhere' to suck air from. If you buy the case (don't!!) and inspect the area you'll come to the same conclusion. Shame!
If you can, by all means, stay away from this case.
I still give it 2 stars because 'once the system is built' (!!) and you forget the horrible experience you had doing so, then the case works perfectly (having the right components for it, like a very efficient PSU).
Finally, I don't know why Be Quiet is taking SO long in offering the Dark Base Pro '901' (we have the 601 and 801). I guess they had SO MUCH to change in this case that it must be taking them a lot of time to implement it. Not that I would but it anyway, enough of Be Quiet for me.
Be Quiet, you lost a customer here (well, a few, because I surely spread the word whenever I have the chance).
DO NOT BUY THE PSU COVER. I tried for the life of me to fit this... thing... and to absolutely no avail did I even come close. You LITERALLY have to unscrew EVERY screw on your case to fit this abomination. I mean that you have to remove ALL the panels under the sides, top, rear... you name it. It was only once I had done this and moved around all my components in a desperate attempt to accommodate it, that what completely stops it fitting is the USB and front panel inputs on your motherboard. It simply doesn't have enough height in order to clear these cables so it will just bend them down... yet another poorly designed product from Be Quiet!...
-- ORIGINAL CASE REVIEW --
Here is my original review of the case (if you have dared to read on) itself when I first purchased it...
I wanted to give this a higher review but I just can't because of A FEW design faults which made putting together this case with my setup a bad experience, and even injured me at times.
1. The screws have horrible torque and will thread easily, so be EXTREMELY careful when tightening or loosening them.
2. The case itself has sharp corner/edges/everything. I cut myself on a finger tip, once on the underside of wrist and on the back of my knuckle. So again take great care when assembling panels or moving stuff around. It is not forgiving in any way.
3. The front door design is just plain stupid. This is a commonly held view of this case, but I now understand it completely myself. It doesn't "stay shut", but merely sits shut through the weight of it's own. That means if you move the case or pick it up, you better make sure you have that door secured or it will swing open with force of a clumsy Jedi and either dent whatever it hits or itself.
4. The compartment for the PSU is probably the worst design I've ever seen. You need to unscrew the entire compartment, screw in the PSU itself then slot it back in with a "slotted screw" design, which means it's not actually secured but only by the force at which you jam it back in against the slotted screws. On top of this, the screws at the side screw INTO your actual PSU, denting and destroying the paintwork/coating. My shiny, white Corsair RM750X now has two circles of dented, scratched metal where the screws have bitten into it. Not cool.
In summary, it is a quiet (if you have a quiet cooler and fans)/fairly spacious (although I had to move stuff around to fit my setup) case but DEFINITELY not worth 180+ quid. Max 100 I'd say. My old case which was 70 quid didn't give me half the issues which this one did. Look at other cases because this unforgiving, ailing behemoth is insanely frustrating and will give you instant migraines and chronic back ache every single time you have to change/upgrade or troubleshoot its contents.
it's much bigger than my medium-sized case I can get a lot in not squeezing my graphics card in it.
I used to have to take out the CD tray or DVD or Blu-ray drive area to put in my graphics card so it will fit.
now I don't need to its the option I might take it out. ore just so I can put in another fan. this is so silent . and quiet I don't know if I need to. but I did take out 5 hard drives. areas so it will look nicer so I can make it all look pretty. but once I took out the guts of my old computer I was worried about putting in the power button and the restart button in the right place. I'm talking about the little pin where you put in onto the motherboard I took a picture so you can see what I mean. I wish they did it like the band head or maybe the power for the motherboard. it would be so much easier if it was all stuck together and going like a cartridge. so anyway I took pictures of the case from inside outside and come round the back. the only problem I had with this computer. is the side where you put in the Leeds. it's too hard to put more Leeds back there. I'm talking about other hard drive Leeds and the power cable. I love my new computer case. be quiet! BGW10 Dark Base 900 Aluminium ATX Gaming Chassis
it's much bigger than my medium-sized case I can get a lot in not squeezing my graphics card in it.
I used to have to take out the CD tray or DVD or Blu-ray drive area to put in my graphics card so it will fit.
now I don't need to its the option I might take it out. ore just so I can put in another fan. this is so silent . and quiet I don't know if I need to. but I did take out 5 hard raid drives areas so it will look nicer so I can make it all look pretty. but once I took out the guts of my old computer I was worried about putting in the power button and the restart button in the right place. I'm talking about the little pin where you put in onto the motherboard I took a picture so you can see what I mean. I wish they did it like the SATA cable to your Crucial SSD. it would be so much easier if it was all stuck together and going like a cartridge. so anyway I took pictures of the case from inside outside and come round the back. the only problem I had with this computer. is the side where you put in the Leeds. it's too hard to put more Leeds back there. I'm talking about other hard drive Leeds and the power cable.
Update to my review. Yes I am still in love with it. It looks fantastic when light up even with the included light strips. Now I would have pref aired RGB lighting as the cost of the case it high. The fan controller I didn't use as it is quite basic I just used the ASUS AI suite 3 to control the fans and it does a fantastic job of it. I chose the ASUS X99 Deluxe II Motherboard with the Intel i76850K processor. I have seven hard drives in it in total. Four of these 4Tb drives I have in a raid 10 conflagration as backup of the system. The Video card I chose is the ASUS Strks OC GTX 1060 and yes it works very well for what I use it for Photo post processing work. My only regret is that I chose the Intel M.2 1Tb drive. When I compare it with the other Samsung pro 950 M.2 256 Gb that I use in the system as my scratch drive it is much slower and even slower in some cases that the Samsung 850 Pro 1Tb that I also have as my initial import work drive. I am waiting for the Samsung Pro 960 1Tb M.2 that I ordered to arrive so I can change out the Intel.I have included a picture of the finished PC and I hope you like it
Dust filters are easily removed without taking off any side panels.
Customisability is excellent and its so bulky cable management is a breeze.
Some screws that ere put in were a little too tight, one got rounded and needed pliers to remove.
Not quite as quiet as I was expecting, I can hear my gpu fan easily.
I had the Antec 1200 previously and can see temps increase sooner and about 15C higher as expected.(air cooling only for both)
Zwei kleine Mankos die man bei dem Preis sicherlich beheben könnte wäre zum einen dieser lächerliche Verschluss an der Front, wie in vielen anderen Rezensionen schon erwähnt wurde, so lange man es nicht anfässt passiert nichts ...aber es lässt sich ohne wiederstand öffnen (obwohl es geschlossen sein/gehalten werden sollte) und wenn man den Tower auf die Seite legt fällt sie ggf. mit Schwung auf wenn man nicht zuvor dran gedacht hat sie zu öffnen, also nicht grade material-schonend.
Mein zweites Anliegen betrifft den Einbau des Netzteils, es wird in einer seperaten Fassung innerhalb des Gehäuses verbaut und durch einen extra Anschluss erweitert, sitzt quasi ein paar cm von der eigendlichen Rückseite entfernt - Sinn und Zweck mir nicht ganz schlüssig, vllt dass der Staub nicht direkt ins Netzteil kommt?
Das Problem beim Einbau ist nur, dass man erst 3 Bleche entnehmen muss welche mit 8 Schrauben (gesamt) befestigt wurden NUR um das Netzteil zu verschrauben und dann sind die Führungsschienen der Bleche noch so geformt, dass wenn eine Schraube -warum auch immer- in eine solche hinein fällt, man selbst mit Zahnstocher und Pinzette kaum an diese herran kommt. Mal ebend den kasten um 180° Drehen ist bei dem Gewicht nicht einfach und unter Umständen haut man sich die Frontklappe ins Gesicht da der "Magnet" zu schwach ist (ja ich habe meine unfähigkeit zur kenntnis genommen :) )