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be quiet! Dark Base 701 – Core i9-14900K Build

We saw a prototype of the be quiet! Dark Base 701 at Computex 2023 and were impressed by the combination of a large interior and stylish good looks, along with a decent amount of mesh that promises good air flow. Today we are doing a Featured Build rather than the usual review so grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy.

Main features

Excellent airflow

  • With a full mesh front and top cover, Dark Base 701 offers marvellous airflow even during the most demanding gaming sessions
  • 3 pre-installed Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM high-speed offers increase airflow additionally
  • Professional cable management with extensive cable routing options for optimized airflow in the case

Stunning visuals

  • Make it your Dark Base 701 by choosing from numerous lighting colours and modes
  • An integrated ARGB controller makes handling easy
  • Dark Base 701 features a beefy design and tempered glass window to look nice even when turned off

Impeccable usability and versatility

  • Fan controller with PWM motherboard sync option
  • Support of up to 360mm radiators
  • Advanced accessibility with removable fan and radiator bracket in the top and the front
  • Tool-less installation of HDDs and SSDs is a breeze


  • Motherboard support: E-ATX (max 305mm), ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX.
  • Power supply support: ATX.
  • Expansion slots: 7+3.
  • Included fans: 1x 140mm front intake, 1x 140mm top exhaust, 1x 140mm rear exhaust.
    • All fans are Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM 1,900rpm.
  • Fan mounts: 3x 120mm/140mm front, 3x 120mm/140mm roof, 1x 120mm/140mm rear, 1x 120mm/140mm floor.
  • Radiator mounts: 360mm/280mm front, 360mm/280mm roof, 120mm rear.
  • 5.25-inch optical drive bays: None.
  • Internal drive bays: 3x 3.5-inch (2 included), 5x 2.5-inch (3 included). CHECK
  • Front I/O ports: 1x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, audio.
  • Dimensions: 523mm H x 565mm D x 249mm W.

Components used in build:

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-14900K
  • CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Elite
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Master X
  • Memory: 32GB T-Force Vulcan a DDR5-6800
  • Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4080 Gaming OC 16GB
  • Power supply: be quiet! Dark Power 13 1000W Titanium
  • Case fans: be quiet! Silent Wings 4 140mm PWM
  • SSD: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus M.2 NVMe
  • OS: Windows 11

KitGuru says: The be quiet! Dark Base 701 has plenty of room inside for top-notch gaming hardware

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