be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case

November 3, 2023

be quiet! introduces the Dark Base 701, a PC case that pushes the boundaries of performance and aesthetics with a striking full mesh top and front design, award-winning Silent Wings 4 fans, subtle ARGB effects, and user-friendly features.

  • Striking full mesh top and front design
  • Award-winning Silent Wings 4 fans
  • Exceptional usability with tool-less HDD and SSD installation

be quiet!, the esteemed German manufacturer known for its premium PC components, is thrilled to introduce its latest creation: the Dark Base 701. This PC case pushes the boundaries of performance and aesthetics, featuring a striking full mesh top and front design, award-winning Silent Wings 4 fans, subtle ARGB effects, and a strong emphasis on user-friendly features.

While the Dark Base 701 builds upon the success of its predecessor, the Dark Base 700, it takes a slightly different approach. While the Dark Base 700 prioritized near-silent operation, the Dark Base 701 focuses on exceptional airflow and top-notch performance. The fully perforated mesh panels make it an ideal choice for those seeking optimal cooling through case fans or water cooling solutions.

Equipped with three pre-installed Silent Wings 4 140 mm PWM high-speed fans (with a maximum speed of 1900 rpm) and the capacity to accommodate up to five additional 120 mm or 140 mm fans, the Dark Base 701 effortlessly meets the cooling demands of modern high-end systems.

One of the standout features of the Dark Base 701 is its exceptional usability. Installing drives, fans, and radiators is a breeze, thanks to its tool-less HDD and SSD installation. The front frame, which supports fans and radiators up to 360 mm, can be easily removed from the case. Additionally, the top frame slides out to the side from underneath the fixed mesh top. For added convenience, the entire motherboard tray can be removed for assembly outside the case. Moreover, users have the option to invert the tray with just a few simple steps. The case also boasts three extra vertical slots for vertical GPU installation using an optional riser cable. Furthermore, the Dark Base 701 is compatible with HDD Cage 2, providing additional support for HDD and SSD storage.

Beyond its impressive functionality, the Dark Base 701 boasts stunning aesthetics. The sleek all-black design is accentuated by two ARGB LED strips that run down the front panel. These strips are connected to a combined ARGB and fan hub, which supports up to eight PWM fans and two additional ARGB devices. The front I/O panel includes dedicated buttons for the ARGB and fan controller, one USB type C port, two type A ports, as well as audio input and output. Cable routing channels ensure a clean and organized interior, while the tempered glass side window offers a captivating view of the PC components. As always, be quiet! provides a comprehensive 3-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The Dark Base 701 will be available in black starting from November 14, with a suggested retail price of $229.90 / €229.00 / £229.99. Optional accessories such as the HDD Cage 2 drive cages and the Riser Cable for vertical GPU installation are already on the market, priced at €9.90 / $9.90 / £9.99 and €59.90 / $54.90 / £59.99 respectively. A white version of the Dark Base 701 is expected to launch next year.

be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case

be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case

be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case

be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case

be quiet! introduces sleek and powerful Dark Base 701 PC case


Technology Explained

GPU: GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit and is a specialized type of processor designed to handle graphics-intensive tasks. It is used in the computer industry to render images, videos, and 3D graphics. GPUs are used in gaming consoles, PCs, and mobile devices to provide a smooth and immersive gaming experience. They are also used in the medical field to create 3D models of organs and tissues, and in the automotive industry to create virtual prototypes of cars. GPUs are also used in the field of artificial intelligence to process large amounts of data and create complex models. GPUs are becoming increasingly important in the computer industry as they are able to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently.

HDD: A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is a classic data storage device that utilizes spinning disks, or platters, coated with a magnetic material to store and retrieve data. An actuator arm with read/write heads accesses data by moving over the spinning platters. HDDs offer large storage capacities at a comparatively lower cost per gigabyte, making them suitable for applications where massive data storage is required, such as servers and desktop computers. However, HDDs are slower in terms of read and write speeds compared to SSDs due to the mechanical nature of their operation. They are more susceptible to physical shocks and are less energy-efficient due to the need to constantly spin the platters.

PWM: Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is a type of technology used in the computer industry that allows for control over pulse and frequency. It works by modulating an output signal’s pulse width or duty cycle to vary the on and off times of the signal. This technology can be used to control and regulate different DC motor, lighting, and other devices. In the computer industry, PWM is often used to control the speed of CPU and GPU fan speeds for improved cooling. It is also used to control backlighting levels on devices such as keyboards or monitors. PWM is versatile, cost-effective, and efficient; as such, it is an important technology in the computer industry.

SSD: A Solid State Drive (SSD) is a modern data storage device that employs flash memory technology to store data electronically. Unlike traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), SSDs have no moving parts, resulting in significantly faster read and write speeds. This leads to quicker boot times, faster application loading, and smoother overall system performance. SSDs are known for their durability, shock resistance, and energy efficiency, making them ideal for laptops, ultrabooks, and other portable devices. They come in various form factors, including 2.5-inch, M.2, and PCIe cards, and are favored for their reliability, quiet operation, and reduced heat generation

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