After the sinfully expensive and feature-laden Dark Base Pro series, BeQuiet! now unleashes the latest iteration of the upper class with the Shadow Base 800 series. We take a look at the white luxury version with ARGB lighting and put it through its paces. Maybe less is more after all? And there is certainly a huge difference between making believe and making white…
Lurking in the (pun intended!) shadows of the Dark Base Pro series for absolute enthusiasts is now the Shadow Base 800. By forgoing features like the invertible design and the truckload of alternative attachments, BeQuiet! is able to significantly reduce the price. Despite the savings, the Shadow Base 800 can still shine with “German Engineering”, great functionality and gigantic space. Before I bore you with numbers, let’s unbox the case together and see for ourselves.
The box of the Shadow Base 800 comes in a pragmatic design.
Besides the image of the product, there are only a few barcodes and the technical data printed on it.
The FX version in sterile white found its way into the “test center”. The design is very reminiscent of the Dark Base Pro and only slightly different with the rounded edges.
The front I/O is slightly slimmed down; instead of touch buttons for the fan and lighting, there is only one button here, and the reset button has been completely eliminated.
Untypical for BeQuiet!, the Shadow Base 800 is also completely “open” at the front and in contrast to the Dark Base Pro, there is also no closed cover to change.
Underneath the mesh cover are the three pre-installed 140mm fans, fitted with a dust guard as usual.
The dust protection is clicked into place with plastic lugs and can thus be easily removed.
Neatly solved: the lighting unit of the front cover is connected by push-pin contacts, which eliminates the cable tangle and thus the risk of tearing off a cable when disassembling the front.
The lid is also equipped with a dust filter.
The fixation is realized through the use of magnets.
Even the bottom is completely perforated.
The dust protection filter can be conveniently pulled out to the front.
Let’s take a look at the interior. The glass side panel is attached classically with screws.
The panel is made of 4mm thick tempered glass and has a bonded steel sheet frame.
The view inside:
The white 140mm ARGB fans in detail: very nice!
The generously sized cable aperture in the bottom leaves nothing to be desired.
The already known “air baffle” is also present in the Shadow Base. It is supposed to guide the incoming air of the lower fan towards the graphics card.
The cover for the cable entry can be removed and moved to the right, so that the cables can also be neatly hidden when using E-ATX boards. Behind it, there is also a bracket for SSDs, which can also be removed for convenient mounting of the drives.
The right side panel is completely closed. Its back is covered with a thick insulation panel, which is supposed to swallow sound and vibrations.
Behind the cover, we find cable clutter even before the components are installed. Front I/O, four pre-installed ARGB fans as well as an integrated PWM and RGB hub finally want to be supplied.
Plenty of room for cable management behind the motherboard. Over 3cm in the narrower places!
In the accessories box we still find mounting material, a few cable ties and a bracket for two 3.5″ HDD cages (not included).