The following system was used to test the case:
– Processor: Intel i5 6600K @ 3.9 GHz and overclocked to 4.5 GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Professional Gaming i7
– Memory: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition
– SSD: Crucial P1 500GB
– HDD: None
– PSU: Antec High Current Pro Platinum 850W
– CPU Cooler: Silverstone Tundra TD-2E
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)
The interior of the Dark Base 700 offers a good amount of space for both air cooling and a water-cooling configuration. The wire management holes are covered by soft rubber grommets, in addition, the I/O panel cables are arranged around the back of the case.
The RGB integration is done at the front of the case. The sides of the front panel have a strip of LEDs that is installed across the entire height of the front panel. In addition, the LED strips are continued on the sides of the front two feet of the case.
While the Dark Base 700 offers a good clearance for all components, for some reason the space between the motherboard tray and the power supply shroud is small. In fact, the space is so small that many connectors and wires will not fit easily.
The space above the motherboard tray is big enough to allow for easy passage of the CPU power cable.
The cooling performance is good for the most part, however running the included fans with the fan hub/controller in “Silent Mode” will raise the overall temperature of the system. With the two fans preinstalled running in Performance mode, or their maximum speed, the temperature was lowered by 5°C.
In terms of noise, with the included fans spinning at their maximum rated speeds, the total noise output was 31 decibels, measured at a distance of 10 centimeters away from the system. The fans are running in Auto mode by default.
The be quiet! Dark Base 700 has a great design that manages to be different and to integrate subtle elements found on the Dark Base 900.
The features of the Dark Base 700 make it a great choice for both gaming or work systems. Features such as the reversible motherboard tray, the included fan controller and fan hub, and finally the sound dampening foam that is placed on the side panel and the front plate.
The build quality is exceptional and on the same level as the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900. In addition, the Dark Base 700 offers the same features and possibilities as the Dark Base 900, while having a smaller overall footprint.
The intake of the case is adequate, however for such a case, the intake spaces should have been bigger. This is important to mention especially since at the front there is enough space for three 120 or 140mm fans or radiators up to 360mm in size.
The storage options are very good with a total of three included 3.5″ storage drive bays which can be expanded to a maximum of seven. In addition, the case offers plenty of 2.5” drive bays, behind the motherboard tray, and inside the drive cage.
The performance of the case is good; however, at this price point and with a case of this size, a third 140mm fan should have been included.
In terms of dust filtering, the Dark Base 700 has two dust filters, one at the bottom and the other at the front.
In conclusion, the be quiet! Dark Base 700 is a good mid-tower case that has multiple features found on the pricier Dark Base 900. The case is silent thanks to the way the interior is designed and to the foam pads placed on the side and front panels. The storage options are plentiful for both 3.5” and 2.5” drives. The Dark Base 700 also has a completely modular chassis, which allows the interior to be converted to an inverted layout.