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|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||26 x 13 x 27 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||26 x 13 x 27 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||July 7, 2018|
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be quiet! Dark Base PRO 900 Black Rev. 2, Full Tower ATX, 3 Pre-Installed Silent Wings 3 Fans, BGW15, Tempered Glass Window, RGB LED Illumination
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- Motherboard tray and HDD slots with enhanced possibilities for individual requirements
- Three silent Wings 3 PWM fans
- Stepless dual-rail fan controller is switchable between silence and performance modes
- Ready for radiators up to 420mm
- Psu shroud and HDD slot covers provide a neat interior
- Side panel made of tempered glass
- Eye-catching RGB LED illumination
- Motherboard compatibility :E-ATX / XL-ATX / ATX / M-ATX / Mini-ITX
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Outstanding flexibility and silence
Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2 offers unrivaled flexibility with impeccable cooling and silence features.
Silence and Flexibility
Relocatable Motherboard Tray
The decoupled motherboard tray adapts to suit individual requirements, being completely relocatable and usable as a test bench. It can be adjusted to three different heights or installed alongside the left panel in an inverted layout with redefined airflow. It is fully compatible with E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards.
Silent Wings 3
The three preinstalled Silent Wings 3 140mm PWM fans offer virtually inaudible operation. They are equipped with a smooth-running 6-pole motor, durable fluid-dynamic bearing and airflow-optimized fan blade design. The frame has funnel-shaped air inlets that generate high air pressure.
Modular HDD slots
The installation options are flexible thanks to repositionable single HDD slots. Supports up to five HDDs, ten SSDs and two optical drives out of the box. The practical slot covers serve to hide any unused HDD slots and keep the inner workings neat and tidy.
Generous space for your setups
Functional PSU Shroud
The PSU shroud offers a variety of solutions – not just for hiding the PSU and to keep the system neat and tidy. The cover plates are separately detachable, making it possible to install a fan or an SSD on the top of the PSU shroud and leave enough space for a radiator in the front.
Full Circuit Airflow System
With its smart silence concept, Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2 is the perfect case for the extreme requirements of overclocked systems and super silent water-cooled PCs. It can carry up to seven additional fans, up to four radiators and has noise-reducing vents all around the case that provide ultra-effective full circuit airflow.
Dual Rail Fan Controller
The eight PWM fan connectors are divided over two rails, and each is switchable between Silence and Performance Mode. This makes it possible to create two cooling zones that can be controlled by just the front panel switch. If all fans shall run at the same speed, both channels can be switched to the same mode.
Fulfilling practically every desire
Tempered Glass and LEDs
The case is equipped with an elegant, fully windowed side panel that is made of tinted and tempered glass. The eye-catching internal LED illumination comes in six switchable colors. The LED stripes can be freely moved inside the PC case.
Smart I/O Port and convenient charger
The front I/O port offers perfect compatibility for an high-end PC. A connector of USB 3.1 Type C Gen. 2 is supported. Integrated wireless charger for Qi enabled devices such as smart phones.
Available in three colors
Dark Base Pro 900 rev. 2 is available in three different color designs: Orange, Black and Silver.
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be quiet! dark base Pro 900 Black Rev. 2 is the perfect case for all who expect the highest standards when it comes to modularity, compatibility and design.
motherboard tray and HDD slots with enhanced possibilities for individual requirements
three silent Wings 3 140mm PWN fans
stepless dual-rail fan controller is switchable between silence and performance modes
ready for radiators up to 420mm
psu shroud and Smart HDD slot covers provide a neat interior
side panel made of tinted and tempered glass
rgb LED illumination with six switchable colors and motherboard control option
usb 3.1 Type C Gen. 2 and USB quick charging option
wireless charger for Qi enabled devices
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I'm running a front-mounted CPU AIO water cooler, a bug 1600W power supply, a big threadripper board and 2 GPUs (for now; plan to add more). I have 2 HDDs installed in the lower double HDD tray near the power supply. Great so far.
I found it pretty easy to invert, using the online video provided by bequiet, as well as some other guides. The manual is terrible, so video guides are recommended. I did run into problems (like most others) with screws dropping into a crevice where it's extremely difficult to remove. I would recommend that bequiet fixes this in future versions.
* The design doesn't let you use the off/on switch and plug from your own power supply. Instead, the PSU must be hidden back in the case, and connected via an auxillary internal power cable to the case's own on/off switch. This was done to simplify the design for the invertible layout, but a different solution would have been prefered. First, I don't like adding in this extra strange internal cable. More importantly, this cable isn't rated for use with high-wattage PSUs. My PSU (Corsair 1600W) has a different plug, which isn't compatible with the one in the case. My only options were to 1) return the PSU, 2) return the case, 3) remove the mesh on the back of the case and use the power supply switch buried inside the case, and be content with a big "hole" in the back of the case with no mesh cover. I opted for #3 for simplicity, but it's annoying. Recommendations: a) bequiet should produce a workaround mesh component for users like me, and b) I recommend not buying this case if you need a big power supply (e.g., for deep learning with lots of GPUs).
* The plastic tabs holding the side panel's "be quiet" logo and side ventilation setup are flimsy; one broke when I first touched it. However, bequiet has shipped me a replacement piece, so A+ to them for customer support on this issue! Most of the case seems durable but some of the plastic tabs are problematic.
* The tempered glass panel is difficult to insert/remove compared with other cases. It's too easy to drop it since it is only supported by the thumbscrews, not by a rail on the bottom. becareful!
* One of the front I/O connectors wasn't connected to the case PCB on delivery, which was confusing. Additionally, the PCB-connected I/O cables aren't labeled, so I was worried about mixing them up. I found out later (at the end of the bequiet case inversion video) that the connectors are all keyed differently to avoid any mistakes, but the manual doesn't mention this, so I wasted time by making my own labels for each cable. As I said above, the manual is terrible (little information, and very bad diagrams).
* Inverted layout: several steps involving the back mesh and PSU connection make it very easy to lose screws, even when you're being careful. It's hard to describe, but even when I knew the hazard I kept running into the problem. This could probably be fixed by adding a hole somewhere in the long "screw-eating' rail so that a screw could slide out. As is, that screw is stuck until you find very tiny tools/tweezers/etc to coax the screw back out the crevice. Microscopic surgical tools are advised.
* Front radiator vs optical drive cage. The front setup isn't as flexible as I hoped. I thought there would just be room for my 360 radiator plus the optical drive cage, but the radiator mounts higher than I expected. I ended up giving up and removing the optical drive cage temporarily, until I can switch to a smaller rad or rig up something different. I'd recommend a 240 max if you want to use the optical drive cage, unfortunately. Honestly, there should easily be room for at least 1 of the two optical drives plus the 360, but I couldn't make it work yet, since the installation requires room for two drives instead of just one.
* Width: the cable-routing side should have been slightly deeper. For such a big case I expected a little more breathing room with the cable routing. Instead, it's really easy for cables to press up against the side panel's alternate ventilation area and pop the panel out from the inside!
Overall I still like the case, but it's not as great as I expected from all the rave reviews/awards. Still plenty of room for improvement. Dark Base pro 900 rev 3 maybe?
This case is a tinkerer's dream. Everything can be adjusted and moved. I used a large AIO water cooler, necessitating a drop in the motherboard location (easily done with a few screws). A custom loop should be easy as well for the more adventurous. There is plenty of space for my E-ATX X399 motherboard, and I was still able to get an optical drive despite my large top-mounted radiator.
Now the cons: I have the "rev 2" version. While the more modern front panel is appreciated, the finicky PSU shroud is a pain to add and remove, and the actual PSU installation is also a headache as others have documented because it is bolted to an internal bracket rather than the bottom corner of the case. Space behind the motherboard is barely adequate for a case that potentially has a lot of cabling; I spent hours arranging and tying down cables, and it was still a pain to get the back panel to slide smoothly on and off. I was unable to get my 2.5cm thick Seasonic ATX power cable to run behind the board and had to leave it in front.
This is a great case for larger, more complex custom builds. But expect your build to take some serious time; this is not a case where you remove the side panels and bolt everything in. Expect to strip it down to the bare frame, re-position most of the parts, and spend time carefully spreading, flattening, and tying the cables behind the back panel. If you don't have the need or the patience for the flexibility this case offers, I would consider an alternative.
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But that's where the good ends. After building a machine into this case and then as the final "frills" like RGB high static pressure fans and additional fan splitters etc arrived having to work on the case I can honestly say this is the most awkward, ill thought out and most poorly designed case I have ever had the misfortune to work on in 3 decades of building and upgrading PCs since building my first original 8086 PC when it was the fastest chip available
Firstly air flow, when buying a case like this you "should" know the air flow wont be exactly breath taking, however, this is exasperated further by extremely poor design and a lack of common sense that I wouldn't expect to see on a £20 cheap Chinese no name case
The miniscule amount off air inlet you start off with at the front of the case is then further hampered by them putting unnecessary plastic braces over each and every hole forcing air to make not one, but 2 90 degree turns to get into the case which massively impacts on air flow
Then as if that wasn't a poor enough design they have completely blocked off ANY air path in the top 3rd of the front plate alongside the area where the "lets pretend" 5.25 drive bays are located
On top of these pointless bits of plastic making air flow unnecessarily restricted they will I suspect become dust magnets with the dust being invisible from the inside of the front plate when installed and an inch away from the metal grills down the side making the difficult if not impossible to clean thoroughly without not just removing but possibly even having to dismantle the front facia components
With the cost of the case being so high I also found it quite pathetic that if you don't use the "lets pretend" ODD bays you have to make do with a grill for the bottom 3/4 of the intake and horrible plastic blanks for the top instead of being given both a partial and a full sized proper air filter, as the blanks whilst having some dreadful dust protection has holes about the same size as the side inlet grills, meaning any dust that doesn't still to unreachable parts of the front assembly will most probably be able to also pass through the protection in the ODD blanks and enter the case anyway helped only by the absolute lack of any air reasonable air path from the side grills to the top quarter of the front inlet where they are located, so I guess one dreadful design flaw kind of helps make another equally poor design flaw less flawed despite also compounding the overall flaws in the design
The top panel also shares the same design flaw and unnecessary plastic hampering an already poor amount of air flow and becoming a dust trap. And although this is most probably going to be used as an exhaust, the air intake in the front and bottom air intake locations will most probably mean that any decent exhaust will get most of its air from the vast array of vented panels down the back of the case where there are obviously no filters and will therefore still become clogged with dust over time I predict
The multiple plastic clips that HAVE to be manually stressed in order to remove both the front and top panels mean you cant even remove these panels to clean them without also having to remove both side panels first, yet another poorly thought out and poorly designed feature and certainly not an "upgrade" on just being able to pull your panels off from the outside with all other panels still in place
The shroud whilst looking "pretty" is once again a poorly thought out badly designed implementation
Not only does it obstruct one of the clips for the front panel so now not only will you need to remove the side panels to remove the front panel, but you also may need to remove the entire shroud too just to get to the bottom clip if you have large hands. But it also has another severely poorly thought out design showing a lack of common sense or forethought
The shroud has two front screws and two at the rear, however if you have slid your motherboard down to allow a radiator in the top of the case the motherboard tray obstructs access to one, potentially both of the rear screws depending once again on hand size, but at least one is completely obscured by a lowered motherboard tray
Lowering the motherboard tray also means you lose access to the plethora of connectors usually located along the left/bottom edge of a motherboard as the shroud goes back so far and is at such a height that they are below the shroud with only an inch or so gap for access. Not so much of a problem with an initial build, but a total pain if you need to change anything later on
The PSU is also attached to a movable tray which is "nice" at face value, but also makes any need to change or upgrade the PSU almost impossible without almost completely dismantling the machine especially if you have lowered your motherboard tray to allow room for a radiator up top
The ODD bays are also mounted so high in the case that its impossible to use even one of them alongside either a 360, 420 and possibly even a decent sized 280mm rad, and you cant for example use just the bottom one as the cage is a dual bay design. Whereas either 2 single ODD mounts like they have done with the additional HDD frames or just not having frames at all and just putting some metal plates with screw holes there instead would have given much more flexibility and the ability to have just the lower ODD bay as well as a decent radiator solution on the top of the case going full length
The Qi charger also has solid sides to its mounting meaning that the exhaust vents for any air trying to escape from the front 1/4 at the top has to make 3 90 degree turns to escape the case from its nearest location
Not having a smoke machine I can only surmise based on the utterly dreadful ventilation on this case but I suspect that air trying to escape through the top is quite likely to have a noticeable percentage leaking back into the case via the plethora of extra holes in the case due to it being an easier less resistive air path to the outside via the rear panel ventilation, similarly with the front fans, I suspect they are likely to be circulating air to meet their needs by pulling what little air they can through the front grills and the rest from inside the case through a similar collection of holes in the front metal panel of the case and around the side of the fans themselves especially if someone opts for 120mm fans instead of 140s
The blanks for additional HDD frames stick through the metal so far that they hamper the already quite poor for a case this size room for cable management on the right hand side of the case and with my case they aren't even the same colour with some being a proper black whilst others seem to be more of a dark grey colour which I didn't actually notice till late in the build and then I didn't even have the option of putting the grey and black ones together so it didn't look so cheap and tacky because you cant remove them once a full length radiator is installed
The surprisingly limited cable management space also means you kind off need to use the shroud for any decently complex build making the use of the fan locations on the bottom of the case potentially problematic and then by default making the extra (and now totally wasted) space at the bottom for lower air intake space that could have been used higher up for things like the ability to have an ODD drive AND a full length radiator installed or for more front ventilation allowing the bottom to have just been a normal flat bottom with a bottom air intake whilst also allowing the use of the shroud AND access to the connectors along the bottom of the motherboard when its lowered to allow for a radiator
The glass panel on the side has what feels like a very cheap and poor mounting method with pins and nuts that are separate, so when I first opened it some pins remained firmly inside the nut and others in the case.
They also have quite loose fitting rubber spacers that fall off the pins easily and could get lost and no spares included despite the cost of the case and despite the fact they will most probably deteriorate over time as they seem to be made from some form of rubber
The last complaint which is a relatively minor one is the fan hub controllers RGB pins have no support and the plugs for the RGB strips (which are neither flexible nor magnetic btw) are quite stiff to push on
So with having to redo the cabling several times during the build due to the design flaws mentioned previously one of the pins eventually broke off. But as you are quite limited as to where you can locate these strips anyway I just bought a 4 pin RGB Y connector and linked the two standard 4 pin outputs on the two strips to each other although having standard 4 pin connectors on the fan hub and LED strips to begin with would have been far better than the rather substandard tiny pinned connectors they chose to use instead of the "standard" ones
But of all the flaws with the case this was the easiest to rectify
I would suggest to anyone purchasing this case to remove the pins from the nuts then use a mild threadlock compound to fasten them to the body of the case
Otherwise if all pins remain with the nuts the side panel can simply fall off when the last one is removed if you aren't holding it as there is no type of transient retention or hinge mechanism on the case
I bought this case as a "treat" for myself as part of a machine I was really stretching financially to build comprising an I7 8086k CPU, what seemed like the last Gigabyte 1080Ti waterforce extreme in the UK and an OC cool 420mm radiator, the gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7-OP motherboard and Gigabyte aorus RGB ram which for me was a big stretch to justify financially but was as close as I could reasonably get to a "no compromise" gaming machine on my limited budget
This case however has most definitely take the "edge" off of the enjoyment of building it and my feeling towards the build as a whole not to mention making any future changes, routine maintenance or upgrades to the system far more trouble than they should be and for no good reason
I am hoping I can make this case at least "reasonable" with some minor modifications such as
1. removing all of the extra plastic blocking the front and top panel grills, attaching 2mm foam sheeting to block off all of the "extra" holes so that airflow has no easier path from/to the fans except through the external grills
2. removing the unnecessary plastic on the sides of the Qi charger mounting assembly to allow an easier air path out of the case for the front third of my 420mm radiator
3. spending what looks like an extra £300 or more upgrading all of my fans that I had already bought to the Silverstone air penetrator series to try and help to combat the appalling air paths in the case as I will need 2x 140mm and 2x 120 for the front of the case (the radiator on my 1080ti is being run in push pull, 6x 140mm for the push pull on my CPU radiator
1 more RGB fan for the rear fan which I am planning to put an aftermarket filter assembly on and then use as an intake rather than an exhaust as the entire back panel is drilled and vented with a bespoke assembled louvre arrangement to force some air down onto the VRM, ram and motherboard from the rear of the case to help make up for the poor airflow from the front
Which comes to 9 approximately £30 fans and 2 £25 fans plus quite a few hours of time spent on modifications to the front and top panels just to "try" and make this case have "reasonably" acceptable air flow an outcome I am not actually 100% positive I will achieve
So I may end up having to remove ALL of the extra plastic on both panels and then hot glue some form of magnetic method for re attaching them which might actually be a better idea anyway if I cut the last part of the existing fastening method off so I can remove and replace the two panels without needing to also remove the side panels
My disappointment with this case isn't merely because at this price range I expected "better" but is because I have used many Be quiet cases and products over the years and have until now always been at least reasonably pleased with them, some times exceptionally so.
With this monstrosity however other than its external aesthetics and the quite neat inclusion of the Qi charger the case has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment due to its exceptionally poor design, lack of common sense or forethought and lack of attention to the absolute most basic concepts like air flow which SHOULD have been a primary concern due to this style of case already being notorious for poor airflow as the side venting has far less surface area than the fans AND requires not just one, but 3 (in total) 90 degree turns, (4 in some cases) for the air
I would most definitely recommend giving this case a miss for all but a fairly low powered system you want to look "pretty" as the market is utterly flooded with far better designs all of which I suspect are far easier to work on and maintain moving forwards
I treated myself for my birthday as my old case (Corsair 230T) was bought on a budget when I had an M-ATX system. After upgrading to a full ATX system, then filled the motherboard with gear, airflow was becoming an issue. There was also a design flaw with the fan filter, but more on that later.
The Black/Silver BG012 case arrived next day, however the box had clearly been opened and no-one had bothered to tape it shut again! My first worry was that it was either a returned (defective/damaged) unit, or that parts would be missing. Thankfully I could see no reason for a return and all parts were present. The case on its own was also heavier than my entire system in the old case! A good sign of quality.
This is by far the easiest case I have had to work in. Even though the instructions are very minimalist, it is kind of obvious what to do. Even the motherboard stand-offs are pre-installed, so all I had to do was remove the superfluous drive cages and move my gear into it. I went for a traditional build arrangement, so didn’t really need the modular nature of this case, but that is not what I bought it for. There are few full ATX tower cases out there that do not have a side window, have a mature design, and have kept some 5.25” bays for my essential (for me) Blu-Ray drive. This one ticks all those boxes.
I love the captive thumbscrews for the side panels and drive cages. No more losing them during a build! I was slightly disappointed however to find that there is STILL not enough room to get a radiator in the top without it clashing with the motherboard VRM heatsink. Might be down to my MoBo, but most have this on these days. Watch out if you have a dual radiator with push configuration or very tall RAM. You may have to front-mount that or opt for pull config. Thankfully I only have the H80i so I was able to fit it between the motherboard and the 5.25” bays. I may also go back to an air cooler at some point. Less to go wrong.
With everything up and running I tried the fan controller switch. The included fans are very quiet. There is very little difference in noise between min and max speed, so I just leave mine on full. I would not say the sound-damping material has made the biggest difference in noise reduction over my previous case, as the back is still as open as any other case, but it is still much quieter than my previous build. The main reason is that I have been able to reduce my CPU and GPU fan profiles considerably, as there is now much better airflow. I have an EVGA GPU which means no amount of sound-proofing material will dampen that screaming banshee at full speed. Being able to back those off to 40% under gaming load has made a huge difference.
It is one sexy case. I am glad I did not bother with the Pro version with the glass window. I so rarely look into my case, and it was nice to build it knowing that I just had to get the cables sort of tidy, instead of getting it immaculate so that it wouldn’t bother me each time I looked in. The pro version has not facility to hide the PSU cables and it is hard to get those looking tidy. I also love the implementation of the removable fan filters. This may sound odd, but the Corsair 230T had an awful removable front fan filter, where you had to remove both side panels first! The second you removed the right panel, all the cables would pop out, it was a massive chore, so I rarely bothered with it. This case is a doddle. Just open the front door and pop it out. Same goes for the ease of cleaning the PSU filter.
Speaking of the door, it has a nice push to open/close catch which is held in place with a magnet when shut. If like me you have an optical drive, the magnet is not too strong if you open the drive tray with the door shut. The optical drive will pop the door open easily! Had they used a mechanical latch instead of a magnet, it could cause damage to my drive tray motor, so I appreciate this little touch.
I only have a few minor gripes. It would have been nice to have more than one spot for mounting an SSD behind the motherboard tray. The reason being that you can have one drive cage (mounted immediately below the 5.25” cage) before it starts impeding the front fans air flow. As that was already taken up with my 1TB scratch drive, I had to ghetto-mount my second SSD to save me having to add a second cage. Fussy I know!
The other minor gripe is that if you top-mount your radiator, the heat can waft across that top roof compartment, and come out the front of any unpopulated 5.25” drive covers. With the door shut this could then get sucked back in my the front fans, reducing efficiency. I fixed this by removing the remaining unpopulated bay cover and coved the back with some carefully cut black card before refitting it. Now all hot air escapes out the top vents as intended.
Be Quiet, if you read these, I would have only once suggestion for a design change. It is the removable panels in the sides to add extra fans. Currently they are placed towards the front of the case. For people who use all the drive cages, and are blocking the front intake fans as a result, they do not need more fans placed over these. If you moved this side panel towards the back, it would sit perfectly over most people’s GPU and CPU coolers, more directly replacing the air starved by the drive cage blockage. I appreciate this may clash with certain air coolers though depending on hardware configuration.
These are all minor points though, so no stars off. The real test of this case will be next summer, when my office room gets back to the sauna temperatures I experienced this summer. For now though, I could not be happier with this case. Buy with confidence.
1. A fantastic looking case made with very high quality materials.
2. A vast number of configuration options that will accommodate nearly any PC build requirement.
3. Space for a large number of SATA drives (very important for me).
4. Numerous ports and the wireless phone charger is a real bonus.
5. Using the right components it's a very quiet case (I also used a Be Quiet cooler and PSU in my build).
6. The RGB lighting looks great.
7. The fan controller integrates well with the motherboard.
1. The layout of the user manual makes it nearly incomprehensible. Mixed languages on every point mean you're constantly scanning for sentences in English to find the information you need. Separate language manuals would have been much easier to follow.
2. The diagrams in the manual are so small that in the printed version they are unusable. I found the best way to view them was to download a pdf version of the manual to an iPad and then use a 300% zoom to see small detail such as screw positions and component orientation.
3. In some places the diagrams are incorrect and don't match the text (case layouts in particular).
4. In some places the manual is inaccurate. E.g. it doesn't mention that to use both 5.25 drive bays you have to completely remove the drive cage as you can't get to the right hand thumb screws that secure both drives when it's mounted in the case.
5. There is a severe lack of space at the back of the case, behind the motherboard tray. If you are mounting a large number of SATA drives then the number of cables make it difficult to get the back of the case re-seated without some innovative cable management. To maximise space I ended up using round SATA cables as they are thinner, more flexible and easier to route. It would have made life so much easier if there was another half inch of room.
6. The installation of the PSU shroud is tricky and once in place makes access to the PSU very difficult.
7. You can't remove the PSU shroud without also removing the side RGB lighting strip, which then loses it's self adhesive mountings. This makes it difficult to reinstall.
All-in-all I'm happy with the final build and this case should provide me with plenty of flexibility for the future. But can't help thinking that with a little more thought it could have been even better and I'd have been giving it 5 stars instead of 4.
The front mount for 360mm fans is flawed if you take out the top drive bay holder and you'll have to drill your own holes in the case. combine this with a useless bottom shroud for the PSU which I had to take a hack-saw to just to get it to fit, yea I expected more.
It is a quiet case and I like the front door can be easily opened. You could switch it to a left-hand case if desired and you can fit a E-ATX board in the case. But do note none of the nice rubber grommets are available because the motherboard will cover them.
If you only have a ATX motherboard, look up the Lian-Li PC011 case ASIN: B07C88K4KP it shows how well a case can be designed. The Be Quiet! Darkbase Pro V2, not so well designed.
Not the easiest case I have ever worked in and I'll be avoiding the "Be Quiet!" cases in the future as it was clearly obvious what was wrong with the case once you start to put a system into it.
PS. The case does come with a couple of fans. hence 3 stars instead of just 2.
Now, the good stuff. Firstly, it's modular. You can take covers off the PSU shroud, pop a little panel out of the back plate, play around with two disk drive bays, have loads of storage or have an empty area, maybe modified said area and have a fancy water cooler in there or maybe just go with the base design. Best part of it for me was the ability to move the MB tray up and down.
The case comes with foam covered panels, a glass window and a nice door on the front. One thing that surprised me was the fact that it even has a wireless phone charger on top. The case comes with velcro cable management loops, it has a fairly open system at the back to deal with your cables but, the only issue for me was that the back panel is a little bit too close and can often make everything a bit too tight to work with. The worst part for me was the SATA power. They end up digging in to the foam a little. I would recommend you just make sure to keep the SATA power laid flat against the metal and not on top of any other cables. It may be tricky to connect anything to the power so I'd also recommend picking up some SATA Power extenders, perhaps. Maybe you will do things better than me.
Either way, I would say that it was a lot more difficult to work with than most cases I've tried, but, the finished result is stunning. Very simple, lovely open window, very quiet, a simple PWM slider on the front, RGB on/off switch, wireless phone charger, loads of storage space, modularity and, best of all, it's just a very strong case. This thing won't cause you any problems.
- Very large case, hell of a lot of customisation options
- Sound dampening material does a really good job
- Exceptionally easy to work with for cable routing
Although your spend ages fiddling as there are so many options
- Top panel (as shown is ideal) for water cooler fans
- MB tray position can be adjusted up and down frame to suit required cooler clearance.
- Looks damn swanky (excuse my white graphics, need to change)
- Good strong magnets on the door with push top open poppers top and bottom
- Comes with plenty of cable management options, all drive bays are removable
- MB stand-offs are all pre-installed
- More then adequate air flow for venting
- Can be inverted but stock cables to your peripherals can be a tight fit.
- Does not come with a separator tray to separate the PSU and MB bays.
- You may need to change out 'some' of the rubber o'rings on the screws.
These are a little thin, just buy some thicker ones from your DIY store.
- Fan controller on this model will only allow fan speed changes from the slides switch.
Basically useless as it does not allow connection to the motherboard (which is in manual).
- Annoying ribbon cable for some connections including MB.
The rest are your normal round cables, why not all round as far easier to place.
- Some of the MB mounting posts were out of alignment, few taps with a hammer to cure.
- LED HDD light is a very very bright one (need to be voltage drop or a colour version).
- Only one SSD Bay (not really good enough for the price point).
With larger power supply units, you will likely lose a fan depending on where you decide to house your PSU in this extremely modular case.
Cable management works wonders, however with the size of the case more thought could have been placed into management at the back.
- Professional design.
- Great all-metal build quality leaves it sturdy.
- Lots of room for the most part.
- Fan control and ability to keep noise quiet.
- More modular than I would ever need.
- Fits most if not all AIO CPU watercoolers.
- Larger power supply units sacrifice 1 fan slot out of 8.
- Heavier than a lot of full towers.
I was sent the standard version instead of the Pro, even after trusting the Q&A section of Amazon. Although I didn't have the time or means to replace it, I fell in love with the case anyway for all of its functionality and design, not to mention Amazon were helpful after the issue was pointed out. Highly recommend this case.
It is a really big case. Huge. The box it comes in is the size of a 2-drawer filing cabinet, I thought I'd mistakenly ordered a 19in server rack. Seriously, check the dimensions. I mean actually measure the dimensions out, instead of just looking at the numbers and thinking "OK looks roughly case-sized". It's a lot bigger than it looks in the pictures. It might not fit under your desk or wherever else you're planning to put it. It's a piece of furniture n its own right.
I took over 5 hours to invert my case then re-install the PC and fan hub. I enjoyed it, but if this sounds like work to you then it's best the reader avoids this product for an ordinary case.
If you do spring for this one, prepare for screws, bolts and brackets, then the management of such.
Did find the front i/o a little stiff to start with but has eased over time. Is really quiet, despite me having a number of extra fans in the case.
The dust filters have done there job and there is hardly any dust inside the case even after 6 months.
My threadripper and titan Xp seem to like the amount of air its getting from the fans, so no issue with thermals.
Word of warning, if you're bulding in this case set aside a day or two... or a week. There are so many options to how it all goes together its brilliant! and it's a really quiet case I'm seriously impressed.
No stupid LED lights
Enough space for as many fans as you could ever want
That said, would I buy it again. YES!!
Ich werde vorerst auf Kritik eingehen, aber bevor ich das tue, paar relevante Daten über mein Build.
Mainboard: MSI Gaming X470 M7 AC
CPU: Ryzen 7 2700x (Alle kerne auf 4,2Ghz getaktet und Voltage ist auf Auto)
CPU Kühler: MSI Frozr XL
Ram: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200Mhz CL16 (Übertaktet auf 3466Mhz CL16)
GPU: Asus ROG Strix RTX 2070 OC
PSU: Seasonic Focus Gold 850W
Kritik Nummer eins und damit mein größter, sind die Lufteinlässe. Sie sind optisch schick integriert, aber scheinbar geht da Effizienz verloren. Als ich die CPU übertaktet habe, überprüfte ich die Stabilität mit Prime95 und ließ es 60 Minuten laufen. Meine CPU erreichte mit geschlossene Klappe 72-78 Grad Max Temp und als ich es offen gelassen habe, ging es nicht ueber 65 Grad!
Ich habe Maximum aus meine GPU rausgeholt, Boost bis ueber 2200mhz und mem clock tickt bei 7700 und paar zerquetsche mhz, Voltage auf 100%, Powertarget sowie Templimit bei max. Die GPU wurde bisher nicht waermer wie 65 Grad.
So viel zu Kuehlung in Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 und was ich noch bemängeln würde, ist die Klappe/Tür vorne. Sie wackelt zwar nicht und sieht auch edel aus, wie auch der Rest von Gehäuse, aber sie lässt sich etwas zu leicht öffnen. Einmal kurz berührt, ist es offen, es hat Kontakte oben und unten, hat man beispielsweise den unteren betätigt, sieht es aber aus, es wäre komplett offen. Da muss man dann extra nochmal die obere aufmachen und dann schließen. Es ist ehrlich gesagt nervig, aber für mich nicht tragisch, weil ich kaum da dran gehe und es eh offen steht.
Kommen wir zu den guten Dingen. Kabel-Management finde ich super, also man hat etliche Möglichkeiten die Kabel verschwinden zu lassen. So sieht innen alles Clean aus. Mit Seasonic PSU kamen dicke optisch schöne und hochwertige Kabel, die für Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 doch etwas sehr dick sind. Hinten die Abdeckung zu schließen, ging nicht einfach so, da war bisschen Arbeit nötig. Was dabei störte, war primär bei Mainboard Tray die untere Leiste hinten, die absteht und somit die Kabel rausdrückt. Neben meine GraKa wäre mehr als genug Platz für Custom Wasserkühlung.
Die Abdeckung von PSU hat ein Platz fuer eine SSD und das sieht dann doch edel aus. Wie viele schon geschrieben haben, können die LED oben abgehen, das passiert aber nur, wenn man sie an verkehrten Platz anbringt. Die Lüfter sind auf 100% nicht wirklich laut. Ich kann auf Max laufen lassen, sitze 50-60 cm entfernt, kann streamen und man hört nichts davon in Stream. Da macht Be Quiet sein Namen alle Ehre, was man nicht von mein CPU Kühler behaupten könnte oder die GPU Kühler, auch diese sind auf 100% dagegen sehr laut.
Das man quasi alles rausnehmen kann und alles außerhalb einbauen, macht vieles einfacher und erspart einem diverse Verletzungen, das finde ich wirklich sehr toll.
Ich hoffe, ich konnte euch helfen und falls ihr die Gehäuse kauft, viel Spaß damit. Ich jedenfalls würde es wieder kaufen.