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)
In terms of noise, with the included fans spinning at their maximum rated speeds of 900RPM, the total noise output of the case was 29 decibels, measured at a distance of 10 centimeters away from the system.
The interior of the Pure Base 500 offers plenty of space for a modern gaming system. The motherboard standoffs are preinstalled and the I/O cables are prerouted towards the lower part of the motherboard. The metal plate at the front does a good job hiding both the 24Pin cable and also the cables for the graphics card. In addition, the cutouts for the CPU power cable are easy to access and use.
In terms of the cooling performance, there is a noticeable difference between using the two included top panels. While using the mesh filter panel, the CPU temperature was lowered by approximately 5°C. If more than one fan are installed on the top of the case, it is recommended to use the mesh filter top panel, or no panel at all.
The be quiet! Pure Base 500 is a good case that has a great design and which offers plenty of options for air and water cooling alike.
The intake and exhaust ports of the case are covered by removable dust filters. The top panel can either be covered by a magnetic dust filter or by a solid panel that will lower the noise output of the case.
The build quality is very good starting with the front panel which has a brushed texture and a chromed be quiet! logo. All components of the case are solid and have no marks left from the manufacturing process.
The storage options are very good, with a total of five 2.5″ drives bays and two 3.5″ drives bays available. Also, all storage options are completely removable, this includes the two metallic trays and the storage cage at the bottom of the case.
The performance of the case is good; however, I would recommend the usage of the mesh top panel instead of the solid panel. While the solid panel will help reduce the overall noise level of the system, it severely restricts the airflow.
The be quiet! Pure Base 500 is silent, and it is no surprise because both the front and side panels are covered by noise dampening foam on the underside. In addition, the two included 140mm fans have a maximum speed of 900RPM.
There is plenty of dust filtering available, the case has a total of six dust filters installed. Two on the sides of the front panel, one at the top and the dust filter at the bottom.
In conclusion, the be quiet! Pure Base 500 is a good budget case that offers a good airflow and plenty of options for both air and water-cooling. The storage options available are plentiful, with both 2.5” and 3.5” slots available. The only inconvenient with this case is the lack of a USB Type C port and a fan hub.