Sometimes companies take a popular product and re-release it to the market with a new aesthetic, or slightly revamped design. Reputable and popular German hardware manufacturer be quiet! has unveiled its latest chassis, the Silent Base 802. Building further on the popularity of its current Silent Base 801, the 802 adds an interchangeable front panel with one for silent and one for focused airflow. be quiet! has also revamped it with a single USB 3.2 G2 Type-C connector on the top panel.

Available in both black and white versions, the be quiet! Silent Base 802 has a similar frame and feature set of its 801 counterpart but comes supplied with an interchangeable front and top panel. This allows users to change the dynamic of the system on the fly, with the ability to opt for better cooling performance or a sleeker look at the expense of airflow. 

Some of the main features include screwless side panels, with the option to go for tempered glass, or with a tinted glass window. It includes a PSU shroud to help keep the system looking tidy, with the potential to install up to a 420 mm radiator in the front for high-end custom water cooling loops. At the top, users can install up to a 360 mm radiator, with a removable fan bracket for easy installation. Dust filters are included in the front, along with three Pure Wings 2 140 mm fans, two in the front, and one preinstalled into the rear. The dimensions of the case are 539 x 245 x 507 mm (L x W x H), and it can accommodate motherboards up to E-ATX. There are nine expansion slots in total, with seven for the motherboard and two to horizontally mount a graphics card with a PCIe riser cable; available separately at an additional cost. 

One of the new additions to the Silent Base 802 is the inclusion of a USB 3.2 G2 Type-C port, at the expense of a Type-A port on the previous 801 model. It includes two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports, with two 3.5 mm audio jacks for front panel audio, with a small reset button, a large power button, and a fan controller.

The be quiet! Silent Base 802 will be available towards the end of November with an MSRP of $160 for the non-window version, and for $170 with a tempered glass side panel. There is no price difference between the black and white version of the case, which should please many users as white hardware generally comes with a price premium. That being said, be quiet! will be phasing out the current Silent Base 801 model when the 802 is released.

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  • shabby - Thursday, September 3, 2020 - link

    So they have a white heatsink and white case but no white fans? Reply
  • Chaitanya - Thursday, September 3, 2020 - link

    That is indeed odd but atleast its good to see Bequite get behind the mesh/airflow trend. Noctua is going to release white fans under their Chromax range soon and those can be a good addon to these cases. Reply
  • Dornhan - Friday, September 4, 2020 - link

    They actually do have 1 fan that comes in white. The Shadow Wings 2 has the choice of coming in black or white. Why they are not available in other models...an odd one. (can check out the website for it.) Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, September 5, 2020 - link

    Just avoid Silverstone fans. I outfitted my case with their 180?mm or whatever the non-standard larger size fans they make for their FT03 and other compatible cases and the shaft always disconnects from the hub causing the blades to tap the housing. Really common issue and still happening on their newer versions after years and years of people complaining. Alarmingly this also appears to happen to a not-insignificant degree to their 120mm and 140mm fans. Reply
  • selenite - Friday, September 4, 2020 - link

    Why do new cases still use two separate 3.5 mm audio jacks on the front panel? Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, September 4, 2020 - link

    If they weren't there, someone would say, "Why do they no longer put 3.5mm audio jacks on the front panel?" Reply
  • jordanclock - Friday, September 4, 2020 - link

    Because some people use separate mics and headphones, especially for streaming. Reply
  • abrowne1993 - Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - link

    I would hope anyone who cares enough to do that doesn't use the front panel jacks anyway Reply
  • Hul8 - Sunday, September 6, 2020 - link

    - Headphones and headsets (apart from hands-free sets for phones) require 2 separate plugs.
    - Less complexity.
    - Security: You can unplug your microphone when not needed.
    - Flexibility: You can mix and match input, output and mixing/amplification devices.

    The only reasons to have combo jack:
    - Saving space (doesn't apply on desktop).
    - Cater to people wanting to use the crappy bundled in-ears from their phone. I guess this could apply for cheap cases; the case manufacturer wouldn't assume the user will have decent audio equipment. Not so much for this case, with $160+ prices.
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  • selenite - Friday, September 4, 2020 - link

    With air intake restricted and so much free space around the front fans, all they do is just recycle the air inside the case. Reply

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