Corsair Graphite Series 600T White Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on June 10, 2011
Last year, Corsair released the Graphite Series 600T, a high-end mid-tower case with several features usually found only on expensive full-tower models, and that got our recommendation. Now, Corsair is releasing the white version of the 600T, which brings a new configuration for the side panel.
The overall look and features of the new white 600T are the same as the original version, with the exception of the color and the left-side panel.
While on the original 600T both side panels are solid, with the new white 600T the manufacturer decided to change the left-side panel. The case comes with a transparent side window that can be replaced with a mesh supporting four 120 mm fans. This mesh, however, doesn’t come with an air filter.
The side panels of the 600T are removed by pushing two latches available at each panel; this is one of the features that make this case unique.
No door is present on the front panel. The 600T comes with four 5.25” bays, all using meshed covers with air filters. At the bottom part of the front panel, the 600T has a 200 mm fan with an air filter. This air filter is easily removed by simply pushing it. (The available mechanism will release the filter by pushing it, not by pulling it.) No technical specifications about this fan are provided. It uses a three-pin power connector, so you can monitor its speed if you connect it on your motherboard, but most likely you will want to connect it to the available speed controller. This fan has white LEDs.
In Figure 6, you can see the top panel of the Corsair 600T. It features a 200 mm fan identical to the one available on the front panel. By pushing the top panel mesh you release it. (It uses a mechanism identical to the one used on the front panel, where you have to push instead of pull, which works great.) This mesh hides a lock for the left-side panel of the case.
The 600T comes with four USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one FireWire port, and the audio jacks on its top panel. A big knob for controlling the speed of the fans is also available. This controller can handle up to four fans, so you can control all three fans that come with the case with it. Just keep in mind that, since this controller has only one knob, all fans will spin at the same speed.
On its bottom panel, the 600T comes with an air filter matching the vents used by the power supply. To remove this air filter, you need to push it, just as you do with the front and top meshes.
The rear panel features a 120 mm fan. No technical specifications about this fan are provided. It uses a three-pin power connector, so you can monitor its speed if you connect it on your motherboard, however, you will probably want to connect it to the available speed controller.
One of the highlights of the 600T is the presence of eight expansion slots instead of seven. This feature is usually only found on some full-tower models. This allows you to install three dual-slot video cards in your computer, provided you have a motherboard with at least three PCI Express x16 slots, of course.
The slots come with vented covers, except the first cover, which is solid with a small hole for you to route the USB 3.0 cable to the outside of the case, in order for you to install it on the motherboard rear panel.
Two holes protected with rubber covers for liquid cooling solutions are available. The power supply is positioned at the bottom of the case. The rear and the interior of this case are painted black.
As shown before, the side panels of the 600T are removed by pushing two latches available at each panel. In Figure 15, you can see inside the Corsair 600T. The motherboard tray has a big hole around the area where the CPU is installed, allowing access to the backplate of the CPU cooler, so you can replace the cooler without having to remove the motherboard. The motherboard tray has several holes protected with rubber covers for you to route and hide cables behind it. The motherboard tray also has several metallic clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties.
The case comes with black thumbscrews for you to fasten expansion cards. The top fan can be removed if you want to install a 240 mm liquid cooling radiator. The case supports video cards up to 13” (330 mm) long, or up to 18.1” (460 mm) if the top hard drive cage is moved or removed.
In the 600T, you can install the power supply with its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you will have to decide if you want the power supply to be pulling cool air from outside the case (fan facing down) or hot air from inside the case (fan facing up). As already explained, this case has vents with an external air filter on its bottom panel, matching the location of the power supply fan. The power supply compartment has a bracket with thumbscrews for better matching the size of your power supply.
The Corsair 600T comes with four 5.25” external bays and six internal 3.5”/2.5” bays, all featuring tool-less installation mechanisms.
On the case default configuration, it supports video cards up to 13” (330 mm long) and power supplies up to 13” (330 mm) long. If you want to install longer video cards, you can remove the top hard drive cage or move it to the bottom panel. In this configuration, the product supports video cards up to 18.1” (460 mm) long, but the maximum depth for power supplies is reduced to 9” (230 mm), which is enough to fit virtually any PC power supply available on the market.
Also, you can remove the bottom cage and leave the top cage installed in the middle of the bottom panel, if you want to increase the case internal airflow.
Each 3.5”/2.5” bay is actually a small drawer, with a rubber ring around its pegs to absorb the vibration generated by the hard drive.
The main specifications for the Corsair 600T White case include:
The original Corsair Graphite Series 600T proved to be a terrific case and deserved our recommendation due to its construction quality, number of features, and price. (There are cheaper mid-tower cases around, but not many have as many features and the same overall quality.) The white version of the 600T is, however, USD 20 more expensive, but allows you to add four 120 mm fans on the left-side panel. And, if you don’t want a mesh on the side panel, you can simply use the transparent acrylic window that comes with the product. So, it is your call whether you want to pay this extra USD 20.