BeQuiet! Dark Base Pro 901
With the Dark Base Pro 901, BeQuiet! has raised the bar not only within their cases, but perhaps overall. For the first time ever, the Silent Wings 4 appear in system fan positions. In addition to the robust build, this full tower also has a touch panel for fan and lighting management. Compared to its predecessor, there is also a significantly changed side panel. The door, while significantly changed, has remained on the case.
The Dark Base Pro 901, a new top model weighing as much as 16.3 kg, has been added to the high-end computer case product line. This case is even bigger than its predecessor (Dark Base Pro 900), especially in terms of depth – i.e. front-to-back dimension. On this axis, BeQuiet! measured up to 604 mm. In height (including the feet) it is then 569 mm and in width 275 mm.
With such dimensions, it is natural that there are virtually no limitations for components. Be it the length of the graphics card, the height of the tower cooler on the CPU or the format of the motherboard. Support also includes the XL-ATX format, which features a combination of above-standard width (up to 264 mm) with above-standard height (up to 345 mm). There are three different positions for a larger, 360-millimeter liquid cooler radiator – the front, side and ceiling of the case. There, below the ceiling, a 420 mm radiator is also supported.
For those who don’t like the traditional layout scheme where you access the motherboard through the left side panel with the motherboard I/O panel on top, it is possible to rotate everything here. So that the components will be on the opposite side (i.e. you’ll be accessing them from the right) with the motherboard “upside down”. But you could already swap the tray like this with the older Dark Base Pro 900.
The front panel design philosophy is completely new. Its design no longer includes a large door to the 5.25″ slots and to the dust filter, but is solid. Optionally, you have the choice between perforated and full panel, the same in the top position. If you don’t have fans in it and also want to seal the top from dust ingress, it can be fitted with a sealed panel.
And although BeQuiet! seems to have dropped the option of installing an optical drive for now, it hasn’t. It’s easy to overlook the 5.25″, not least because it’s in an atypical location – behind the door at the bottom of the front panel. These are horizontally separated by a strip of ARGB LEDs. This is followed by a light guide line stretching along the interior of the case along the edge of the secondary chamber for installing the power supply and storage drives.
Colors and lighting effects can also be controlled from the control panel, which features five USB ports (4× 3.2 gen.1 type A and 1× 3.2 gen.2 type C, the full lineup of faster standards that can be connected from motherboards) in addition to a multi-stage controller for changing fan speeds. BeQuiet! no longer uses a mechanical switch for this purpose, but a capacitance plate. Of course, everyone may have a different opinion on whether this is an improvement or a downgrade. Visually it looks impressive and how reliable (or unreliable) the response to pressing will be, will only be known from tests.
The strong point of the Dark Base Pro 901 is the three pre-installed Silent Wings 4 fans in 140 mm format, no need to argue about that. “Pro” variants (Silent Wings Pro 4) with the same rotor achieve top-notch efficiency and the fact that “basic” Silent Wings 4 do not have tighter corners (than the SWP4) does not negatively affect the cooling performance in this application (as it happens on radiators). On paper, the case looks really good and we expect it to deliver top efficiency, i.e. high airflow per unit of noise.
But the suggested retail price will also be high, BeQuiet! set it at 320 EUR. Dostupnosť Dark Base Pro 901 is supposed to be in stock on June 27, 2023.
English translation and edit by Jozef Dudáš
- BeQuiet! Dark Base Pro 901