Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case

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Posted by on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 12:00am

corsair 600tThen there came the 600T. The 600T was aimed at the individual that was looking for a smaller case but still had many of the features of a bigger case like the 800D. The 600T has many of them but also lacked a couple which is understandable due to the size differences. But what the 600T has that the 800D does not is a more stylist but elegant front facial and not as simplistic as the front bezel of the 800D.

Introduction to the Corsair 600T

For many of us we know Corsair as the top manufacturer of PC memory. Corsair have long been the name most mentioned when it comes to getting memory that is stable, take the Value and the XMS series for instance. For those that like to overclock then there is almost no better kit than the Dominator line to satisfy that desire.

However, adding to their representation of dominating ram, over the past few years Corsair have been tops in other categories as well. Their ‘F’ series solid state drives have been selling like hotcakes, and if you are in need of a power supply the ‘HX’ series was top notch, which they've replaced with the superior ‘AX’ line.

Yes, the list goes on but unfortunately we just don’t have that much room. Although given this is a case review, we will quickly hit on Corsair’s ventures in case manufacturing. Their first case to come to market was the 800D. The case went through months and months of development before it saw the light of day. Once released the case was very well received, with a feature set that could not be touched by most on the market. The only thing about the 800D that threw some off was its size as it was a full sized tower, which meant it was quite tall.

Then came the 600T. It was aimed at the individual that was looking for a smaller case, but still had many of the features of a bigger case like the 800D. What few features it did lack due to the size difference, what the 600T has that the 800D does not is a more stylish and elegant front bezel, not as simplistic as the front bezel of the 800D.

Corsair’s take on the 600T

The Graphite Series™ 600T makes it easy to build a world-class gaming system. With excellent cooling from the dual 200mm fans, eight PCI-E expansion slots to accommodate multiple graphics cards, and plenty of room for large, power-hungry components, the Graphite Series 600T can handle just about anything you can throw at it.


Specifications

Warranty: Two years
Dimension: 20" (H) x 23.3" (L) x 10.4" (W) - (507mm x 592mm x 265mm)
MB Support: ATX, mATX
Expansion Slots: 8
Form Factor: Mid-tower
Material: Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces
Drive Bays: (x4) 5.25"(x6) 3.5"/2.5" Drive Caddies
Cooling: (x2) 200mm Fans w/White LEDs, (x1) 120mm Fan
Front I/O: (x4) USB 2.0, (x1) USB 3.0, (x1) IEEE1394, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC
Power Supply: ATX (not included)

Features

  • Twin 200mm cooling fans with white LEDs for excellent cooling
  • Eight expansion slots provides you flexibility for multiple graphics card solutions
  • Unique cable routing holes guarantees you a clean and clutter-free installation
  • Integrated fan controller, for up to four fans, gives you the choice of noise vs. performance
  • Tool-free optical drive installation makes building your system faster than ever
  • CPU backplate cutout makes upgrading your CPU heatsink easy
  • 2.5” and 3.5” hard drive compatibility for up to 6 drives — straight out of the box!
  • Two year warranty with Corsair’s world-class customer service and technical support

Closer look at the outside

The 600T comes from Corsair's Graphite line of cases. Currently there are only two cases in this series, both of which are 600T. One being the original black like what we will be taking a look at today, and a special edition white version. The 600T stands twenty inches tall making it a mid-sized tower.

Unlike the 800D/700D from the Obsidian line, the 600T has a more defined look about itself. The 600T has rounded corner and simple curves where needed. On the other hand, the Obsidian series is square all around with a simplistic aluminum front. The front on the 600T consists of mostly perforated mesh which is the styling that many of today’s case have taken.

The upper half consist of four optical drive bay panels, while bottom half is a vast expanse of mesh.  Behind the lower portion is actually a removable filter guard protecting the blades of a 200mm intake fan. The fan spins at a low noise producing (24dBA) 800RPM, that is still able to move an impressive 76CFM of air. Oh, and has some snazzy white LEDs to boot!

Turning our attention to the top of the case we see even more mesh. But just forward of this section of mesh is the I/O area of the case. The panel consists of four USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0 ports. Dual audio connections and a single FireWire port are also available. The case has a built in four channel fan controller and is operated via the large knob in the center. Removing the top mesh panel you have access to a small valley where you can see the likes of another 200mm cooling exhaust fan, and can fit a 240mm (2x120mm) radiator in its place if you go the water cooling route. Notice the lock in the corner? This will unlock the case's left side panel.

The black 600T does not come with any type of windowed side panel option, but the special edition white model does, so in reality it wouldn't a stretch for Corsair to offer that in the future. These are just the usual sheets of metal as far as materials go, but have two latches to secure them shut or release the panel from the rest of the case. It's a nice change of pace to see a side panel which doesn't have straight lines and perfect 90° corners. Instead we have nice angular cuts and bottom got changed up a little as well. It may not be huge, but it adds a nice bit of style and moves it away from the conventional shape. 

The rear of the 600T has the standard seven expansion slots, plus an eighth one that ships with a pass-through plate installed for the front mounted USB 3.0 cable (which can be moved). Two holes are present to allow usage of an external water-cooling system. Lastly, there is a 120mm exhaust fan, but we could not find any mention of it's rated RPM.

Corsair has fitted the 600T with rubber pads that are placed on the two side rails in order to protect the case from the floor’s surface and prevent from easily sliding. The cover over the area where the power supply cooling fan would be, which slides out from the back so you don't have to flip the system on it's side, also comes equipped with a dust filter.


Closer look at the inside

In order to remove the side panel you'll need to unlock them first, which if you remember is on top under the fan cover, then lift up on both latches and pull out. Once done and removed you are greeted by solid-black goodness.

The motherboard tray has a very large CPU cooler cut-out for the easier removal of the CPU cooler. Yet what is truly eye-catching is the number of cable pass-through locations. The entire right side of the tray is cover with rubber grommets to protect the wires for safer cable management.

The 600T comes with two HDD cages which support three drives each, for a total of six. The unique thing about these cages is they can be arranged in two different ways to better satisfy your system configuration. The cages not only support 3.5” drives but 2.5” drives as well. The drives are placed into plastic brackets for easier insertion into the case.

The 5.25” drives uses plastic locking mechanisms to hold your devices in play.

The area where the PSU would sit has a small back-stop that can be adjusted to accommodate the length of your power supply.

Next, we have a look at each of the fans that come included with the case, of which there are a total of three: 1x 120mm at the rear, and 2x 200mm in the front and top mounted.

Lastly, we have the rear panel that, once again, consists of eight expansions slots with each having its own ventilated cover plate.


Installation of the 600T

Working within the 600T was a very pleasing and painless process. During the whole assembly time I did not receive a single cut upon my little hands, not even a scratch. This was mostly due to the wide open area within the case and the rounded edges.

We began the installation by prepping the hard drives. Since this is a mostly tool-less case, we simply had to snap the drives into these plastic brackets and slide it into the HDD cage. The installation of a 3.5” drive is simple, but if you are going to use a 2.5” drive, it will require additional equipment.

Next, we have the test fitting of the power supply. The 700 watt model PSU we used was of standard size so we had to adjust the metal bracket to make the PSU snug against the back of the case.

With the motherboard graphics card installed you can see how much more space the 600T has over most other cases on the market. Using a standard size ATX motherboard we had access to all the cabling holes in the motherboard tray to wire the system. Even with the Radeon HD 5870 in place room was still very spacious.


Conclusion

This is our first go-round with a Corsair case and I am here to say the quality of the Graphite 600T is top notch. There are just a couple of manufacturers we can say this about and now Corsair joins that list. The 600T is sturdy at every point, corner and joint.

The 600T is the second design from Corsair since entering the case market. The Graphite's design is pretty much the complete opposite to that of the award winning Obsidian line, where it is rounded with its perforated mesh mixed steel and plastic, while the Obsidian are square and made of high quality aluminum. That makes the Graphite line a stylish alternative to the award winning Obsidians

For the storage freaks out there the amount of USB and other ports on the front panel is ideal. There is a total of five USB and one FireWire. With this many connections we don’t see an individual needing to go behind the case to do much of anything. And with the built-in fan controller we see no need in adding in another component to the build that adds for cable management difficulties.

Speaking of cable management... the 600T has more cut-outs in the motherboard tray than any other case I have seen before. This is definitely a positive for the neat freak out there.

With all the hits the 600T racked up, the only miss we saw was the lack of an extension for the motherboard 8-pin power connector. Unless you are using one with an exceptionally long cable or a Corsair branded power supply with this case, you may find yourself a little short on distance. So picking up one with the case is a good idea.

The price for what you get is also good. At $160 you get a lot and that is the biggest plus in our book.

Note: If you are a fan of the 800D, Corsair has announced the future revival Obsidian with the forthcoming 650D which is essentially a smaller version.

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