be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Case Review

Lighting

When you power your system on you’ll notice the RGB lighting on the front of the case light up, but it is also inside as well. This makes it so you don’t have to purchase an RGB strip if you want to light up the inside of your case.

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You can use the button on the top of the case to change colors as well as effects. The effects that are available are static, breathing, and two different marquee effects. Beyond the main colors you can also set a rainbow wave or have the effects switch between the different colors. The lighting element is a single strip so if you have an effect going it will start inside the case and then go down the front of the case. This is quite impressive given the price of the case. The lighting element as has a 3-pin ARGB connection so you can connect it to your motherboard for software control if you choose.

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Performance

Here is the breakdown of the test system we use for cases.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-Pro
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 XC Gaming
Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4-3200 16GB
Storage: Lexar NQ100 480GB
Power Supply: Fractal Design Ion+ 2 Platinum 860W
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 2
Case: be quiet! Pure Base 500DX

We will be using AIDA64 for temperature readings and a RisePro Sound Level Meter to record sound levels. Sound levels are taken 5 inches from the front of the case as well as from the side of the case. Keep in mind with this case the fan speeds remain the same. These are not PWM fans so even when we put full load on the system the fans will not ramp up like other cases.

Idle readings are taken on the Windows 10 desktop after the system has been on for 1 hour. Load readings are taken using AIDA64’s system stability test with both the CPU and GPU selected.

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