be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Review

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a be quiet! Pure Base 500DX prior to launch for an update to our popular Pure Pastel build, taking what we had built, transferring it to the Pure Base 500DX, and making some improvements along the way. This is a case we have been really excited about since news broke that it was to come to market so today we will be taking a closer look at the refinements it brings over from its little sister.

The be quiet! Pure Base 500DX arrives in plain brown cardboard box packaging, unlike higher-end cases from be quiet! that feature more artistic designs.

Listed on the side of the packaging are the specifications for this unit that include;

  • Motherboard Compatibility – ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Case Type – Mid Tower
  • PSU Form Factor – ATX PS/2
  • Steel Construction
  • 7.83 Kg Net Weight
  • I/O – 1x USB Type C Gen 2, 1x USB 3.0, HD Audio & LED Switch
  • PCI Slots – 7
  • Max 5x 2.5 Drive Bay Capacity
  • Max 2x 3.5 Drive Bay Capacity
  • 3x Preinstalled be quiet! Pure Wings 2 140mm Fans
  • Front Cooling – 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm, 320mm
  • Top Cooling – 120mm, 240mm
  • Rear Cooling – 120mm, 140mm
  • 180mm CPU Cooler Max Height
  • PSU Max Dimensions – 258mm / 225mm Depending on HDD Cage Position
  • GPU Max length – 369mm
  • ARGB Switchable – White, Red, Green, Blue, Orange, Purple with motherboard control also provided.
The rear of the packaging gives more detailed information regarding the components and structure of the Pure Base 500DX with an exploded view.

Sliding the case out of the box gives a first real look at that tempered glass side panel and newly designed front panel while still wrapped in transport protection.

Removing the packaging gives us an even better look, its a beautiful looking case. The be quiet! Pure Base 500DX carries over so many of the qualities from the original be quiet! Pure Base 500 but the differences are immediately noticeable with huge vents adorning the front.

Thumbscrews are used to mount the tempered glass with a white painted border to conceal the case edges. White screws would have been a great touch but we appreciate there are costs involved to implement even the smallest of features.

The rear and back side panel are the usual affair. be quiet! keep the PSU bracket for mounting to the chassis, 7 expansion slots with a cover, all using thumbscrews for tool-less operation.

Moving back around to the front and we can really see the differences now, dual-LED strips running vertically, a curvier front panel design than the be quiet! Pure Base 500, the be quiet! logo at the top and two large air intakes that will only benefit this system.

The original be quiet! Pure Base 500 front panel choked the system of air and at the time this was one of the biggest complaints from builders and enthusiasts. With that rectified this should be a stand out choice for a case coming in at around £90 while it is also available in black or white finishes.

Front I/O is compact and tasteful with USB and headphone/microphone jacks surrounding a large power button. LED control can be adjusted here on the right-hand side. Type C Gen 2 and USB 3.0 should be standard on all cases given its now 2020. A couple more USB 3.0 slots would have been welcome but it is not a deal-breaker at the price point.

Inside the be quiet! Pure Base 500DX looks exactly the same as its predecessor but there are a few little extras. For a start we get three be quiet! Pure Wings 2 140mm fans instead of two with the be quiet! Pure Base 500, although we wish they were white in the white case, and black for the black version.