be quiet! Pure Base 600 Window Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅28-03-17
Clearance – CPU Cooler, GPU, Cable Management, WC

The clearance options inside a chassis are imperative to establishing whether specific hardware will fit or not. In this part of the review we go to significant areas of the case to discover what the limitations are.

CPU Cooler

There is a maximum of 165mm for the maximum height on the CPU cooler inside PB 600 Window. Installed within the case we’ve used the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO which is 159mm in height and there is plenty of space beyond this before the heatpipes touch the side panel.

Graphics Card

In the graphics card department, there is 425mm of clearance without the HDD trays attached but with them attached as shown above, there is around 275mm. The way in which be quiet! has designed this case means that storage can be repositioned or entirely removed to make way for a large graphics card and this also presents us with the option to install multi-GPUs if you have an AMD CrossfireX or NVIDIA SLI set up.

Cable Management

The area behind the motherboard tray allows redundant cables to be routed and can affect the tidiness inside a chassis. So, we have approximately 2-2.5cm behind the motherboard tray which is sufficient for basic control over those unruly cables. We do however need to bear in mind there is material on the inside of the side panel which will take off some of that measurement and users will likely want to avoid damaging the material also – with this in mind we’d estimate you have 1.5cm of clearance which can make the job of tucking away cables quite tricky.

Water Cooling

It’ll come as no surprise that PB 600 Window can handle closed loop coolers of different sizes and in different locations. At the top, we have support for 120, 240, 280 and 360mm radiators, at the front there is support for 120, 240, 280 and 360mm radiators and the rear can also house a 120mm option.

Looking at the top more specifically, the top panel needs to be detached in order to access the mounting holes. This panel can be quite cumbersome and extra care needs to be taken not to apply too much force when pulling the fascia away from the chassis – there are plastic clips which hold it into place.

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