The be quiet! Silent Base 802 – Big and Flexible
When I build PCs I keep a common theme: a medium-sized case that has a tempered side and good airflow. In November 2020 be quiet! released the Silent Base 802 case. I will admit that this case is not something I would normally consider, because of its size — and I don’t normally make water-cooling builds. However, after spending time with this case, my eyes have been opened.
be quiet! Silent Base 802 Unboxing
The Silent Base 802 comes packed in your standard cardboard box and styrofoam packing that supports the case, the stands for the case, and comes with an accessory box top and faceplate replacements. The box also had taping to keep it intact, and the case came damage-free.
Silent Base 802 Design
The Silent Base 802 is constructed out of ABS, steel, and tempered glass for the side panel. It’s designed to fit E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. While you could build a normal case, the Silent Base 802 allows you to invert the motherboard tray for a unique kind of setup. If you remove the motherboard tray, you can easily use it as a test bench.
|Dimensions||w/o stands: 539 x 245 x537mm (DWH)|
w/ stands: 539 x 281 x 553mm (DWH)
|Materials||ABS, Steel, Tempered Glass|
|Mainboard Type||E-ATX (30.5 x 27.5cm), ATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Front Access & Controls||Power, Fan Case Speed Control, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen. 1, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen. 2 Type C, HD-Audio, Mic|
|Expansion Slots||7 + 2|
|Internal Drive Bays||max 7 x 3.5″ (scope of delivery: 3)|
max 15 x 2.5″ (scope of delivery: 7)
|Fans||Front: (included) 2 x Pure Wings 2 140mm (Max 3 x 120/3 x 140)|
Top: Max 3 x 120/3 x 140
Rear: (included) 1 x Pure Wings 2 140mm
PSU Shroud: 1 x 120/1 x 140
|Radiator||Front (mm): 120/140/240/280/360/420|
Top (mm): 120/240/360
Rear (mm): 120/140
|Max Compatilbilities||GPU Length: 287 (w/ HDD cage installed), 432 (w/o HDD cage installed)|
CPU Cooler Height: 185mm
PSU Length: 288 (w/ or w/o bottom fan installation)
Building in the be quiet! Silent Base 802
Much to my surprise, it was fun building in the Silent Base 802! There are plenty of extra features the Silent Base 802 has that cater to a wide array of PC builders. However, I was going for a straight build with the standard air cooling and included fans. You can remove the top fan frame for easier fan and radiator installation. Removing the covers on the PSU shroud allows fan installation at the bottom of the case for more airflow. With so many fan possibilities, the Silent Base 802 includes a 4-step fan controller that allows you to plug in up to 6 x 3-pin PWM fans.
Using a 2.5-inch SSD, I removed the drive bays to allow more airflow from the PSU shroud. To the right of the motherboard tray, there are slot covers for more bay installations or cable management. I kept these closed and used the standard cable management methods included with the case. Installing the PSU was a breeze since a PSU mount bracket is included. The case also snugly supports the weight of the PSU after installation.
One thing to note is that the Silent Base 802 does cater to newer motherboards. I installed an MSI X370 motherboard. While the board did work, the USB and fan cables did not align with the cable openings.
Unlocked! Custom Options
The be quiet! Silent Base 802 has a lot of options. So much so, that you pretty much have four or five cases right in front of you. As be quiet! is known for, the case comes with noise dampening side panels with dampening mats. You can replace the solid front panel with a full mesh panel, and the case’s top panels with the included mesh panel. There are various configurations that you can do to make this your PC. At the time of this writing, the be quiet! Silent Base 802 is priced at $179.99.