Corsair Graphite Series 600T ReviewCompxpert - September 30, 2010
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Once inside a lot more is revealed. Note all the grommets on the motherboard tray. The numerous number of grommets make up a number of holes which can be used to route wires in and around the case to keep things neat and airflow to a maximum. Also here we have our bag of hardware and the included manual. Next up we have the front of the case and the biggest thing here, the fan. The front fan as well as the top fan are 200mm in size. The front fan is used for intake while the top is exhaust. Behind the scenes (or rather behind the motherboard tray) is a lot of space which is good for running wires. Lastly, here we have the top with the mesh panel removed. In it right now is the included 200mm fan but the top can also accommodate two 120mm fans or a dual 120mm radiator. The top is also capable of having the fan installed on the outside as opposed to the inside of the case. This helps you to still have a top fan even if your heatsink won't allow for an internally mounted one. Best of all, the fan will be below the closed mesh panel so the fan won't be exposed to the true exterior of the case.
Featured here is none other than our top panel controls and I/O ports. Specifically, we have four USB 2.0 ports as well as another curiosity - a single USB 3.0 port as well as a front panel IEEE 1394. As seen with most cases, we also have microphone in and front audio out connections. As another great feature, Corsair included a manual fan controller which uses a knob to adjust fan speed. Pictured next are the fan power headers and molex power connector for the fan controller. Also next are the headers for the top panel I/O connections as well as headers for power and reset plus the header for the HDD LED. Moving on we have our heatsink hole which is pretty much a standard feature on modern cases. This hole allows for the installation and removal of any heatsink or waterblock without the need to remove the motherboard.
Next up in particular is a close up of the motherboard tray itself. And next to that we have the hard drive bays. What is really interesting about this mid-tower case is just that. This case can contain a whopping six 3.5" drives and that's not all. Corsair also provides adapters that allow you to use a 2.5" drive in the tool-less tray. The bays themselves are able to be removed, seperated and even relocated from each other in the event that you want the 200mm fan to not be restricted by them. In the next image is a close up shot of the expansion slots. Kindly provided with this case are eight slot covers and thumbscrews which allow you to install devices without a screwdriver. Lastly, we have a picture of the inside of the 5.25" drive bays.
At the bottom of the inside of the case we have where the power supply sits. Here you will find an adjustable lever which helps to secure PSUs of varying sizes. Next up are the 5.25" bays again but more specifically, the tool-less solution provided. Simply insert the drive through the front and it clicks into place. To remove, simply push the button that pops up after pushing the drive in. Also of note, we have a total of four 5.25" drive bays which is definitely plenty. Lastly, we have the mesh top panel removed from the case as well as the front panel. To remove the front panel, you simply push the tabs on the inside of the case to loosen it and once all the clips are free, it's off.
Pictured next are the set of side panels. Both panels are essentially the same and come off the case by pushing down on both the outer levers and pulling the panel towards you. To replace, you simply fit the bottom into the grooves and push the panel 'till it clicks. In the next image we have a closer look at the tool-less solution for 3.5" devices. Lastly, we have the bag that came inside the case.
Included in the bag is a stop sign that tells you to not return the product to the store if you have a problem. Here also is the manual as well as the keys to the case, hardware and a total of eight zipties. Its great to see that Corsair has graciously provided three fans with the case, two of which are 200mm white LED fans and one of which is a 120mm fan. The front 200mm fan is used as an intake while the other 200mm fan and 120mm fan are exhaust. Not much is revealed about these fans as there are no specifications on them.
Finally, we are at the build phase of the review. I could have achieved better wire management but my PSU's 8-pin CPU power wouldn't reach from behind the motherboard so it had to be brought in from the front. With all the provided holes in the tray it was easy to find places to route the wires. This made for a clean and neat appearance as well as going towards improving airflow. Also shown is the back of the motherboard tray where the excess wires are all routed and tied. Next is the front of the case with the computer running. It is blue right now simply due to the PSU and heatsink fans having blue LEDs. At this point you're probably noticing that I do not have a second fan on my push-pull configuration CPU heatsink. This is due to the top 200mm fan not allowing enough clearence to fit the other 120mm heatsink fan. Sadly, the only thing Corsair failed to do was make their 200mm fan reversible otherwise I would have simply installed the fan on the other side of the panel.
So one little disappointment in the default configuration of the case here but really, that isn't so bad. If you were to add in two 120mm fans here instead, this will work out. It isn't too much of a pain really and the rest of the features really speak for the case and overshadow this one shortcoming. Hey, it's crammed full of features but how well does the case perform? Let's read on and find out.