be quiet! Pure Base 500DX ATX Case Review

By Ari Altman | Published May 7, 2020 | Updated May 7, 2020


Excellent performance; superb attention to detail; classy RGB effects; very compact


Single USB Type-A port is disappointing; thumb screws for glass panel is too


5 out of 5 stars


Since 2013, we’ve reviewed over 30 cases, and among we named the be quiet! Pure Base 500 our favorite new case of 2019. Well, be quiet! didn’t take long to bring out a successor, the Pure Base 500DX. It adds a third 140mm Pure Wings 2 fan, a vented front panel for enhanced airflow, and of course RGB! But don’t worry, this RGB is actually super-classy, as befits a company like be quiet!. In this review, we compare the new 500DX to the original as well as all the other cases we reviewed over the past year to see how it does. Will it be our new favorite? You’ll find out soon enough!

Special thanks to be quiet! for providing us a sample of the be quiet! Pure Base 500DX in white.

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Simply put, be quiet! has scored a home run with the 500DX. It performs better than the original, while maintaining similar levels of noise, and in our opinion is one of the classiest looking cases on the market. It offers a well-designed interior, making it easy to build in, and the modern layout is a great match for the components people are using today: that means big coolers (air or liquid) and big video cards, but none of the bulky hard drive arrays of ages past. The 500DX will appeal to everyone, from content creators to hard-core gamers, providing style and substance in equal measure. It’s definitely on track to be one of the best new cases of the year!

The be quiet! Pure Base 500DX is available from Amazon for $99.99 as of our latest update.

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