2023 has been a rather busy year for be quiet!, introducing many new products, and apart from CPU coolers, the PC cases lineup, increased with the introduction of the top-of-the-line Dark Base 901 and the Shadow base 800 series. be quiet! is on fire and also releases a new case, the Dark Base 701 series.
This is a middle-to-high category PC case that was designed to bring performance and aesthetics to a new level, with a full mesh top and front including the be quiet! Silent Wings 4-fans, ARGB effects, and high usability. Like the Dark Base 901 series, the Dark Base 701 includes a versatile motherboard tray for assembly outside the case and support for inverted builds. Combined with sleek aesthetics, Dark Base 701 is the ideal case for PC gamers and enthusiasts alike.
Focus on airflow, performance, and ease-of-use
While Dark Base 701 succeeds the popular Dark Base 700, it is taking a slightly different approach. Dark Base 700 was designed for nearly inaudible operation, while Dark Base 701 is built for high airflow and performance, thanks to fully perforated mesh panels that are ideal for case fans or water cooling. Thanks to three pre-installed Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM high-speed fans (maximum 1900 rpm) and room for an additional five 120mm or 140mm fans, this case can fulfill the cooling requirements of modern high-end systems with ease.
Easy usability for users of all experience levels is shown when it comes to the installation of drives, fans, and radiators. HDD and SSD installation is completely tool-less. Fans and radiators (up to 360mm) are installed on a front frame that can be taken out of the case, or a top frame that slides out to the side from underneath the fixed mesh top. The whole motherboard tray can be taken out for assembly outside the case, the tray can be inverted with a few simple steps, and three additional vertical slots are available for vertical GPU installation with an optional riser cable. Dark Base 701 is compatible with HDD Cage 2 for additional HDD and SSD support.
Useful features, stunning aesthetics
Great performance obviously goes hand-in-hand with great aesthetics. The sleek, all-black design of Dark Base 701 is elevated by two ARGB LED strips, which run down the front panel and are connected to a combined ARGB and fan hub for up to 8 PWM fans and 2 additional ARGB devices. The front I/O includes dedicated buttons for the ARGB and fan controller, one USB type C port, and two type A ports, as well as audio input and output. Cable routing channels keep the inside of the case neat and tidy, while a tempered glass side window allows for a superb view of the PC components. As usual, be quiet! offers a full 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Dark Base 701 is available in black from November 14 at a suggested retail price of $229.90 / €229.00 / £229.99, while optional HDD Cage 2 drive cages and a Riser Cable for vertical GPU installation are already available on the market for €9.90 / $9.90 / £9.99 and €59.90 / $54.90 / £59.99 respectively. Dark Base 701 in white will follow next year.
- Open mesh design for high airflow and performance
- 3 pre-installed Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM high-speed fans offer maximum performance
- Fan controller with PWM motherboard sync option
- PWM and ARGB Hub for up to 8 PWM fans and 2 ARGB components
- ARGB lighting with integrated ARGB controller for a stunning look
- Exceptional usability with easily accessible features
- Versatile motherboard tray enables an inverted layout
- Tempered glass side window allowing a superb view
For all who strive for maximum airflow – be it with water-cooled or air-cooled systems – Dark Base 701 Black with its extremely air-permeable front and top cover is the right choice.
SILENT WINGS 4 PWM HIGH-SPEED FANS
Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM high-speed makes no compromise between maximum performance and virtually inaudible operation. Its extraordinary air pressure significantly increases the cooling performance of Dark Base 701 Black.
USABILITY AT ALL LEVELS
Dark Base 701 Black is designed for users of all experience levels. The case features a bracket on the top and front for a convenient installation of fans and radiators. Drives can be installed tool-less with just a few steps. Both PC building veterans and first-time builders will appreciate the time-saving inversion of the system, while admirers of a neat interior will embrace the smart cable routing options. Enjoyers of vertical graphics card installation can use one of the vertical PCI slots with an optional riser cable.
MADE FOR CUSTOM LOOPS
Dark Base 701 Black sets almost no limits to your creativity. With its huge dimensions and radiator compatibility up to 360mm, you can consider Dark Base 701 Black your playground – and home for your individual custom water-cooling loop.
Dark Base 701 Black features a combined PWM and ARGB hub for up to 8 PWM fans and 2 additional ARGB devices. This PCB is located behind the motherboard tray and connects to the front I/O panel’s fan and ARGB controllers. The pre-installed fans are connected to the fan hub by default, so you have the case’s cooling setup under your control without having to rewire any cables.
TIMELESS DESIGN WITH ARGB ILLUMINATION
Dark Base 701 Black can be recognized as a be quiet! high-end case at first glance. Its bulky design sets a statement in each gaming room and makes clear: Dark Base 701 Black is here to stay. ARGB LEDs at the front panel offer multiple colors and modes to individualize the look of the case. You can optionally synchronize lighting with your motherboard or an ARGB controller.
TEMPERED GLASS WINDOW
The high-quality, fully windowed side panel offers a perfect view of the components inside your PC case. The window is made of tinted and tempered glass with black painted side bars.