The following system was used to test the case:
– Processor: Intel i5 4690K @ 4.5 GHz
– Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK
– Memory: Crucial DDR3 16GB
– GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Direct CU II
– SSD: Crucial MX 500GB
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: SilentiumPC Supremo L2 Gold 650W
– CPU Cooler: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)
In terms of noise, with the included fans spinning at their maximum rated speeds, the total noise output was 33 decibels, measured at a distance of 10 centimeters away from the system.
The interior of the Pure Base 500DX offers plenty of space for a modern gaming system. The motherboard standoffs are preinstalled and the I/O cables are pre-routed 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.
The RGB lightning can be controlled in two ways, the first method involves pressing the button located within the I/O panel and cycling through all the colors and lightning modes. The second method involves connecting the RGB system to one of the RGB headers on the motherboard, and allowing the software/Bios of your motherboard to control all LEDs inside the system.
The be quiet! Pure Base 500DX is a very good case which manages to offer a good airflow and a low noise output. The RGB integration is done tastefully, with a good intensity for the lights and a smooth color transition.
The mesh integrated into the front panel allows for good airflow to get inside the chassis and to the components, also what is even better, is that the included fans are installed in such a way to increase performance, and not just for the aesthetic of the case.
The storage options are also very good, with a total of five 2.5″ drives bays and two 3.5″ drives bays available.
The be quiet! Pure Base 500DX is silent, thanks to not only the included fans but also to the front mesh which allows more air to be drawn in. This means that the fans can spin at a lower RPM for the same air volume.
There is plenty of filtering available, with a total of three dust filters installed on the case. Two of these filters are easily accessible, while the third, found behind the front panel, requires some work.
In conclusion, the be quiet! Pure Base 500DX is a very good case that offers a great airflow while being silent at the same time. The included be quiet 140mm fans are preinstalled and configured to offer optimal performance. The storage options are extensive, with a total of five 2.5″ drives bays and two 3.5″ drives bays available.
The only inconvenient for some will be the price, on average, the Pure Base 500DX is available for 100 USD or EUR.