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be quiet! Dark Base 700 Case Review: Cool & Quiet?

Design & Equipment

The be quiet! Dark Base 700 makes a noble impression, which is amplified by the adjustable RGB LED accents. Depending on the viewing angle, the Midi Tower appears monolithic. Those who install an appropriate motherboard and attach importance to something like this can also look forward to a Type C-USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector in the I/O panel of the tower.

The Dark Base 700 offers space for a lot of hardware and a very good cooling solution. The modular design of the interior makes it possible to invert the system in the tower. In this case, the mainboard stands upside down and can be admired through the hard glass window on the right side. This makes the Dark Base 700 flexible when it comes to site selection. During normal installation of the components, the graphics card can also be displayed vertically. If the cooler design of the pixel accelerator is not too lavish.

With the possibility of accommodating several large radiators at once, the Dark Base 700 is also a very good choice for custom water cooling. A 360 mm radiator can be accommodated in the front and cover. Depending on the model, the 360 radiator in the front would rather be combined with a 280 mm radiator in the lid. If you opt for air cooling, you can support the two pre-installed Silent Wings 3 fans with additional fans.

If you do not use the hard disk cages under the power supply cover, a fan up to 140 mm in size can be installed in the floor at this point, which is not often seen. In this case the maximum power supply length is limited from 285 mm to 240 mm.

Up to six fans can be controlled by the integrated two-channel fan controller. The fan control can be manually adjusted between three speed levels via a four-step slide control in the front. Alternatively, the fan control can be controlled as a PWM hub via the mainboard in auto mode. How fast the fans turn to level 1, 2 or 3 depends on the mode set by the switch on the fan control board. For each of the two channels with three fans each, the mode can be set separately to Performance or Silent. For example, the front fans can run in silent mode via the controller, while the rear fan runs in performance mode.

Position Performance Mode Silent mode
level 3 100% / 1,600 rpm (Silent Wings 3) 65% / 1,040 rpm (Silent Wings 3)
level 2 70% / 1,200 rpm (Silent Wings 3) 45% / 640 rpm (Silent Wings 3)
level 1 50% / 800 rpm (Silent Wings 3) 25% / 400 rpm (Silent Wings 3)

Thanks to these good cooling possibilities, gaming hardware in Dark Base 700 can be tamed loosely and above all quietly. With insulation on the front panel, the lid and the metal side panel, a genuine Silent system can be realised. But also servers or workstations can be accommodated in the tower and thus a maximum of 17 2.5-inch SSDs or three SSDs as well as up to seven 3.5-inch hard disks can be accommodated in the case – if you buy four additional HDD cages. To keep the hardware dust-free, removable filters are located in the front and bottom. The filter in the bottom extends over the entire length and can be removed via the front.


The workmanship of Dark Base 700 is good. What is unfortunately not well recognizable in the pictures is that the symbol on the power button is printed at a slight angle. Since the symbol is illuminated from behind, this is unfortunately clearly noticeable. The very good and fast customer service of be quiet! usually helps out immediately.

The front panel can be removed. Since the holding noses consist of a very firm and hard plastic, it sits wobble-free and thus vibration-free in its holder. However, you need a little more power than with a cheap case to loosen the front panel. Since the dust filter is located behind the cover, regular cleaning of the filter may cause this process to take a little longer. Another positive aspect is that the RGB LEDs on the front cover are not connected by cable, but are connected to the tower via a gold-plated plug contact. So you don’t have to worry about cable clutter

From the outside, the Dark Base 700 makes a solid and solid impression, the quality of the tower is high and corresponds to what I am used to from be quiet products.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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