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be quiet! Silent Base 601 Silver Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case, two 140mm fans, 10mm extra thick insulation mats (BG027)
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- Noise dampening vents provide excellent air permeability with maximum silence
- Extra thick insulation mats of 10mm in the front, top and sides
- Two preinstalled pure wings 2 140mm fans
- 3-Step fan controller caters for up to three fans
- The PSU shroud provides a neat interior
- Ready for radiators up to 360mm
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|Item Dimensions||20.90 x 20.20 x 9.40 inches||19.37 x 8.66 x 17.52 inches||21.42 x 20.43 x 9.49 inches||20.51 x 9.13 x 17.76 inches||22.40 x 12.20 x 23.90 inches|
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be quiet! silent base 601 Silver delivers the perfect combination of maximum silence and an excellent usability for remarkably quiet configurations.
noise dampening vents provide excellent air permeability with maximum silence
extra thick insulation mats of 10mm in the front, top and sides
two preinstalled pure Wings 2 140mm fans ensure a silent airflow
3-step fan controller caters for up to three fans
the PSU shroud provides a neat interior
fast and secure detachment of the side panels with push pins
the power supply can be easily installed from the back of the case
detachable top bracket allows easy installation of radiators up to 360mm
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I produce music and do audio engineering. I've had experience with a Fractal r5 case before and thought that was quiet. No, this is the quietest retailed case I've ever been around. I tried using an SPL meter for this but the sound of the pipes, vents, and outdoor ambiance was louder than this case. The only time I hear anything come out of this is when I'm gaming and that's from my GPU, not the case fans.
A lot of people are worried about air flow due to the 90 degree vents, but I've had no problems idling at around 30-35C with an Intel 5930K @ 3.5GHz with a front mounted 3 fan radiator in a somewhat toasty room during the summer.
Cons: Runs a little hot during routine use. A high-quality CPU cooler (I have a Noctua) and at least one additional 140mm case fan are requirements. I wouldn't run a hot CPU with stock cooling in this case. Also, it costs a bit more than other alternatives and there's an upcharge for the version with the window.
I really want to reiterate just how good this case looks. I got the orange trim and window. It's like production art from Blade Runner. It's also incredibly well designed and easy to work in. Both sides pop off with a button press, dust filters are all accessible. Everything is high quality. Aesthetics and quality of manufacture & design were my primary reasons for buying the case. The sound dampening is a nice extra as far as I'm concerned.
Reality check #1: This isn't going to make standard desktop hardware silent. A fan spinning at over 1000 RPM makes noise. If you have a CPU fan, a GPU fan, and 2-4 case fans all spinning at a high RPM, you will hear them, even with a well-designed case. The noisiness of your coolers, and the temperature/rpm fan curves you set in your BIOS are going to make a BIG difference in terms of how much noise you hear. If you want a truly silent machine, a case like this isn't the answer by itself. All passively-cooled components inside a mesh case is probably a better bet for true zero noise, but that's a specialty build.
Reality check #2: Sound insulation is also thermal insulation. Fans set to run at slower, quieter speeds are going to push less air in and out of the insulated case. With my setup, the temperature of my (admittedly somewhat hot-running) Ryzen 3700X is rarely below 40 degrees and often hover around 50 during web browsing, office work, or older games. That's not going to break anything, but it's higher than normal. Fortunately, I have not noticed any big difference between this case and other non-mesh cases when upgraded fans are running at full tilt under heavy load. But you *do* want a high-end CPU cooler, and you *do* want an additional front case fan.
Qualitative test #1: I unplugged the fridge and washer/dryer in my apartment to kill ambient noise and muted my computer. I opened three web browsers with about 30 tabs between them, played a 1080p video in the background, have Discord running, and ran a long task ( du / ) on Windows Linux Subsystem all at the same time. I can barely hear a thing. Certainly nothing that would be noticeable while watching a quiet scene in a movie or with the ambient noise in many rooms. Still I wouldn't put it on top of your desk right next to your podcasting mic; a truly silent computer is a specialty project.
Qualitative test #2: 3DMark stress test or running a recent AAA game muted. 6 fans spinning at high speed and it sounds like you'd expect a desktop computer to sound, but on the quiet end of that. Like a window fan on a medium setting, not the kind of jet engine sound that a PC can sometimes make. I only get this kind of noise while running a high-end game, and it's really not loud enough to distract from a game with the volume on.
I hear that the foam insulation is especially good for the clicks on spinning-platter hard disks, but I can't speak to that. I also couldn't tell you how it handles the noise from liquid cooling.
All in all, this is a fantastic case. I personally would like it if there were a replacement front panel with an opening to see the front case fans. That's really the only thing I can think of that would improve this. I'm a happy customer.
My suggestion is to get a quiet, top-rated CPU cooler and one high-end quiet 140mm fan. Mount the new fan on the rear of the computer and set its curve so it runs at some minimum speed no matter what. Move the two decent but not stellar fans that come with the case to the front and set them to only turn on when the CPU hits 50 degrees or so. During light use, all you'll have running is your CPU cooler and a quiet fan blowing out of the back of the machine.
Was packed well with 2 large styrofoam pieces, was pretty easy to get the motherboard in. I added one extra fan to the front of the case. My only minor complaints might be that it seems difficult to add fans to the top or the bottom of the case. While there is a spot for 1 fan on the bottom, and 2 spots on the top, it seems like it would be difficult to add any fans. I'm sure it's possible but there weren't many directions related to that in the case manual.
I added an extra noctua fan on the front of the case, and this case is the quietest pc i've ever heard. I sometimes don't even realize it's turned on until I press my keyboard and the screen comes back on.
I've got a RTX 2070 Super and even on a video intensive game the noise level didn't rise much.
Anyway this is exactly the kind of case I was looking for. It was slightly wider than my old case, which meant I have to modify my shelf to fit it, but that's OK.
I didn't want to skimp since the case is a vital part of the pc.
I asked my friend to help me, and he said to get this brand.
I didn't really get it for the silent feature but it really is silent, except startup you can still hear a little bit
This thing is AMAZING. So many USB ports in the front. Huge space for all the computer components, a bunch of cable management hooks. Easily slide cables from PSU to MB and GPU since there are these holes placed where they should be.
It's not too heavy, but it's def sturdy.
Plenty of slots for hard drive and SSD drive
If you are looking for an awesome PC case then get this ASAP. They sell out fast and there is often a waiting period. This should tell you something!
Many USB ports
plenty of room for installing
not too heavy
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The case itself is great, does everything I'd want with lots of nice details.
However the case comes with two 'Pure Wings' fans pre-installed and I found them to be too loud to fit with the overall mission of the case. They're not awful but they have a slight 'buzz' or 'croak' while spinning, seems to come from the bearing. Next to some basically-silent Noctua fans which I moved in from my old case, they're quite noticable.
I'll probably just get some replacement Noctuas and have a fully peaceful rig!