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be quiet! Pure Base 500 – Silent Tower with Airflow Option

System Construction in the be quiet! Pure Base 500

Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. The cooling of the processor is done by the Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure. For the image output a GTX 1060 6GB by Gigabte AORUS is responsible. The power supply does the non-modular Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.

The installation of the components went smoothly. There was enough space to work and the wiring was done quickly. Only with the 24-pin ATX cable we had some trouble passing it under the cable cover of the mainboard tray. The assembly was accelerated by the pre-installed spacers in ATX format and the centrally mounted stand-off, which holds the mainboard in place even without a screw. On the back side, the 25 mm space between the mainboard tray and the side wall offers enough storage space for laying the cables. All unused connectors could easily be hidden under the power supply cover.

The Pure Base 500 also leaves nothing to be desired in terms of hardware compatibility. With a maximum supported height of 190 mm for CPU cooler and support for almost 370 mm long graphics cards, there is no GPU or air cooling solution that doesn’t fit into this midi tower. Also friends of water cooling should be happy with the Pure Base. Because this can accommodate radiators up to 360 mm in the front and up to 240 mm in the lid.

As already mentioned above, the Pure Base 500 supports a maximum of seven data carriers. The 3.5″ devices are accommodated in the cage below the power supply cover and are fastened with four screws. For decoupling, the cage also has rubber decouplers on both sides. 2.5″ SSDs can either be mounted directly behind the mainboard on a steel frame or to the right of the mainboard. The plate required for this is virtually an HDD frame and cable management panel in one. Two SSDs can be screwed together from the rear and thus presented on the front. In order to hide the cables of the SSDs, the plate was provided with a cover under which the cables can be led to the rear.

The pre-installed fans have a frame width of 140 millimetres and belong to the Pure Wings 2 series. Both fans rotate at approx. 900 rpm and are connected to the mainboard via a 3-pin connector. At full speed, the fans move enough air and are easy to hear out of the system at the same time.

Finally, we come to the temperatures reached in the Pure Base 500. During the load test, Prime95 and FurMark were run for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 19 °C. The system was tested at a temperature of 19 °C, and the temperature of the base was very low. Due to the modular design of the lid section, the test was carried out in three different scenarios. Once the case fans were operated at full speed and once throttled to 7V. With throttled fans, the almost closed cover element was replaced with the mesh element.

CPU: 50% (950 rpm)
GPU: 50% (1700 rpm)
Housing fan: 12V
Lid closed
CPU: 48 °C
GPU: 61 °C
CPU: 50% (950 rpm)
GPU: 50% (1700 rpm)
Housing fan: 7V
Lid closed
CPU: 52 °C
GPU: 63 °C
CPU: 50% (900 rpm)
GPU: 50% (1700 rpm)
Housing fan: 7V
Lid open
CPU: 47 °C
GPU: 63°C

In the be quiet! the components do not reach critical temperatures even with throttled fans. Depending on which hardware is to be installed, it might be worthwhile to install a second fan in the front and replace the silent cover in the lid with the mesh element. The latter affects the maximum CPU temperatures in particular. Here it is very nice that the manufacturer leaves the choice to the buyer whether “Silent” or “Airflow” is in the first place.

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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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