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be quiet! Pure Base 500 Case Review

Is silence really golden or is it pure-ly base-d on speculation?

The be quiet! Pure Base 500 series is coming soon to the Canadian market. The series will come with the option of a more silence focus build or silence with a bit of bling. The bling is in the form of a tempered glass side panel. There is no RGB or LEDs on this case and they have also moved away from their black and orange theme this time around. So if you’re anti-RGB this series may be for you.

Silence Is Golden

The be quiet! Pure Base 500 black, is focused on silence with a clean modern look and feel. The back panel is fitted with sound dampening material and the top of the case has two options. The first option is a solid panel with small holes for air so you can keep things quiet. If what you desire is more airflow, the second panel is a magnetic dust filter that will allow you to release hot air out of the top of the case.

be quiet Pure Base 500 sound dampening

be quiet! Pure Base 500 Key Features

be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black combines customizable and silence features with a compact and sophisticated design. It is the perfect case for all who value compactness and highly functional features.

  • Exchangeable top cover for silent or high-performance systems
  • Two preinstalled Pure Wings 2 140mm fans 
  • Insulation mats on the front, sides and the regular top cover
  • Water cooling ready for radiators of up to 360mm
  • Generous space for high-end graphics cards and large coolers
  • Various options to install up to five SSDs in total
  • PSU shroud and smart cable routing options provide a neat interior
  • Easy PSU installation from the back of the case

Technical Specifications

ModelPure Base 500 | Black
PSU form factorATX PS/2
Motherboard compatibilityATX, M-ATX, Mini-ITX
Case size excl. stands (L x W x H), (mm)450 x 231 x 443
Installation of motherboards with backplate
Case size incl. stands (L x W x H), (mm)450 x 231 x 463
Dimensions side panel window (L x W), (mm)400 x 431.3
Color optionBlack
Weight (kg)6.95
USB 2.0
USB 3.02
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C
HD Audio I/OMic + Audio
Expansion slots7
Fan mounting locations6
Qi charger / Quick Charging Option


The be quiet Pure Base 500 has 7 expansion slots at the rear of the case. The drive cage is removable if you would rather have more space. You can also adjust it to give you more room for a radiator if you need to.

5.25 bays
3.5 slots (max.)2
3.5 slots (scope of delivery)2
2.5 slots (max.)5
2.5 slots (scope of delivery)5
be quiet Pure Base 500 expansion


The be quiet Pure Base 500 has 6 slots for 120mm fans. Three of the slots are at the front with 2 up top and one at the rear of the case. All pretty standard for this form factor and price point. The case comes with 2 120mm silent wing 2 fans from be quiet!.

The Pure Base 500 does a great job of giving you options for balancing silence and cooling potential. As someone who has been around long enough to remember the days of the beige case that was only cooled by the fan in the PSU, I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of the ‘high airflow’ argument.

I don’t feel as though the case has to have the potential to suck every last drop of air out of the room and blast it onto your enthusiast-level components. I also, however, can live without the latest buzz words such as tempered glass and RGB. Just give me a clean modern looking case that will perform well enough to keep my components under control, and that is where I feel this case comes in.

side view cooling


Keeping the Pure Base 500 clean is pretty straight forward. The bottom of the case features a full-length dust filter. The front panel comes off easily for cleaning, and the top of the case has an optional dust filter if you need it.

Front I/O

The design of the front I/O on the Pure Base 500 is clean and modern looking. It features 2 USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and microphone ports, and a power button. It has no reset button which is not a big deal in my opinion. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used a reset button. The case also is lacking a USB type C port, but at this price point, it’s just not a thing yet. Hopefully, soon USB type C ports become commonplace.

front I/O

Final thoughts on the be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black Case

The be quiet! Pure Base 500 Case is in my opinion, a very clean, modern-looking case. I rather like the fact that it isn’t dressed up in RGB and other bling that gets slapped on nearly every case on the market today. It has plenty of good features going for it and good cooling potential. I have not gotten Canadian pricing at the time of writing this so I will have to do an update here in the coming days. This case is around the 70 dollar mark, in the US market. Looking for more options? Check out my review of the MasterCase H500P from Cooler Master. 

be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black Gallery

Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.


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