In terms of design, the Pure Base 500 fits seamlessly into the existing product portfolio. The body is made of steel and the front element is made of plastic. In order to make the plastic look more elegant, it has a brushed aluminium structure and is lined from the inside with an insulating mat for noise insulation. In addition, be quiet! has rounded or flattened the four outer edges of the front. This makes the Midi Tower look less bulky despite its width of 231 millimetres. The left and right sides of the front panel have been fitted with large mesh grids. These allow the pre-installed front fan to draw cool air into the interior.
Also in the lid be quiet! tries itself out anew. The lid of all predecessors was almost always completely closed. In combination with the restrictively designed air tunnels in the front, this led to higher temperatures. To counteract this, be quiet! has now implemented a replaceable top cover in the lid. The silent cover only has numerous small openings in the triangular design at the rear end and is otherwise covered with insulating material. If this is not sufficient for cooling, the magnetically attached cover can be easily removed and replaced with the included mesh element. Regardless of the color of the case, the frame of the mesh filter is always black. Under the cover there are fan holes for two fans (120 mm or 140 mm).
Finally, the I/O panel is located in the front area of the lid. It has two USB 3.0 ports, one each for headphones and microphone and a power switch. Friends of the reset switch unfortunately get nothing from the Pure Base 500. Fortunately, the I/O panel is connected to the body and not to the front element. This prevents the completely black I/O cables from accidentally being torn off.
Both side parts of the Pure Base 500 are made of steel and lined with an insulating mat on the inside. They are attached to the body using knurled screws, which remain on the side panel when disassembled. Finally, of course, the obligatory recessed grips in the side panels must not be missing. All in all the side panels look a bit wobbly. Here be quiet! has definitely saved material.
The back of this midi tower corresponds to the usual standard. The power supply is placed at the bottom and above it there are seven reusable PCI slot covers. In order to remove the heated air from the case, the manufacturer has equipped the Pure Base 500 with a second case fan on the back.
The tower stands on four solid plastic feet, which are covered with rubber strips to further reduce noise. Furthermore, the huge dust filter catches the eye. It consists of a fine-meshed fabric and can be removed for cleaning. This saves a lot of conversion work, for example when the housing is placed in a cabinet.
The exterior finish and varnishing are, as usual from be quiet!, on a good level and leave no room for criticism. There is also almost nothing to complain about when it comes to the choice and quality of materials for the desired price range. Only the side parts could have tolerated somewhat thicker material.
In the interior of the Pure Base 500, the manufacturer relies on a contemporary design and divides the interior by a cover in two areas. The upper room offers a lot of space for the mainboard, long graphics cards and large CPU coolers. The pre-mounted fan in the front is located at the same level as the first graphics card and can supply it with cool air without disturbing factors (such as a hard disk cage). The power supply cover and the mainboard tray have numerous openings through which the cables can be routed from the rear to the front in order to minimize the interference caused by power supply cables. The manufacturer has also thought about a cut-out in the mainboard tray for the backplate of a CPU cooler.
The power supply cover covers the entire lower area and thus hides the power supply, all connection cables and the hard disk cage. However, in order to ensure compatibility with large radiators in the front, a part of the front panel has been removed. In addition, fan openings (also in triangular design) were cut into the front panel. This allows the power supply to be mounted upside down if necessary.
Let’s now turn to the back of the mainboard tray. Besides a lot of space there are several fixing points for cable ties. In combination with the cable openings and the reusable Velcro strips, it should be very easy and clean to wire the system. In the lower right area, the power supply later rests on four foam rubber strips.
To the left of the power supply is an HDD cage for two 3.5″ hard drives. Mounting is decoupled using four screws. If the cage is not needed, it can easily be removed by removing two knurled screws. But of course the Pure Base 500 also supports other data carriers. A total of five possibilities are available to install 2.5″ SSDs. In addition, the case has a steel frame behind the mainboard tray and a large element to the left of the mainboard tray. Both elements are fastened with knurled screws. The SSDs are then locked in place using conventional screws.
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