System Build and Installation
The hardware included in this build is:
- ASRock Z370 Tachi Motherboard
- Intel 8700K Processor
- 4 x 4GB Team Group T-Force Delta RGB Ram
- MSI X-Gaming RX480 8GB GPU
- Cooler Master 212 Hyper Black Edition Cooler
- EVGA 750W P2 PSU
Cooler Master has really outdone themselves with the SL600M as it was an absolute dream to build in. Being a little bit larger than your average case and the new placement of the PSU, the SL600M was by far the roomiest mid-tower I have ever built in. I’m a huge fan of the new layout and the SL600M has tons of room for doing SLI and adding a custom water loop. You also don’t have to worry about storage, even though the SL600M doesn’t have a dedicated drive bay with the help of the universal mounting brackets you can install up to 8 SSDs/HDDs throughout the case. I personally mounted my SSD on the front so I could show it off.
Taking a closer look at my build you truly get a sense of how much room you have to work with and thanks to the ample cutouts, I was able to easily able maintain a clean build I’m always aiming to achieve. I chose to install the CPU cooler as you normally would in a case that exhausts at the back. After doing some research, it was proven that your CPU will run cooler pulling in the colder air from the front of the case as opposed to the heated exhaust from your GPU(s). An added bonus installing it this way is that I didn’t have any ram clearance issues and the Cooler Master logo is orientated correctly.
One of my favorite cable management features of the SL600M is the wire channel at the bottom. It was extremely easy to feed wires through and it does a great job of hiding them from view.
Once I had the system booted, I was able to test the motion activated USB LEDs. I must say I really love this feature as with my current build I’m constantly searching for its front USB ports.
Even though the back panel isn’t tempered glass, the SL600M has plenty of tie-down points to cleanly manage my cables. I really liked that there was a lot of space between the motherboard tray and back side panel. Even with my bulky PSU cables, reattaching the back panel took no effort at all.