The most striking design feature on the housing are the air inlets with the decorative strips. Due to the otherwise closed front, the Silent Base 601 looks refreshingly modern. Sheet steel is used as the material for the front. Simply pulling up is enough to remove the front cover. A magnetic dust filter then appears behind the entire front. With the Silent Base 601 you have to do without drives.
The lid is also made of sheet steel. The I/O panel is also embedded there on the front side. On board are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a three-stage fan controller and the obligatory audio ports. Up to three 3-pin fans can be controlled with the fan controller. At the price of approx. 100 Euro, we would have wished for a USB 3.1 type C connection. The non-existent port is not a broken leg, but would have been the icing on the cake, the Silent Base 601 offers so many features anyway.
For installation or simple cleaning be quiet! has a nice feature built in. A button on the back unlocks the retaining lug of the side panels, which can then be simply taken to the side. The removal of screws is therefore not necessary. The case manufacturer collects one last plus point with the dust filter on the underside. He’s just pulled out to the front.