Corsair Graphite Series 600T Review

Compxpert - 2010-09-07 19:49:49 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: September 30, 2010
Price: $159.99

Introduction:

With so many cases on the market, the pickings can be daunting. What it all boils down to though, is what you are specifically looking for in a case. A case should be able to fulfill whatever need(s) you have. Great features like places to route cabling and tool-less solutions are just some of the many things to look for when considering a case. A case should be just as much form as it is function. A case serves to protect your components and it does this in two ways. 1) Keeping them dust free and 2) keeping them cool. When it comes to overclocking, decent cooling is a must and depending on what options you are considering, your case may hold you back. Perhaps you are considering using water cooling or even a large heatsink fitted with two 120mm fans. A case could hold you back on either of these options if it isn't capable of even fitting such a heatsink or even mounting a radiator. Today we have the Corsair Graphite Series 600T. You may be familliar with Corsair's other cases which consists of the 700T and 800T. The 600T packs quite a few options for any eager enthusiast. It can mount a dual 120mm radiator on the top panel. It can even accommodate the largest heatsink by allowing you to mount the top 120mm fans on the inside or outside of the case. These are just some of the many great features to be found in this case and by now I'm sure your interest is peaked but if you wish to know more, then you must read on!

Closer Look:

Starting with the front of the box we have a picture of the case and below it we are advised that this case is the model 600T which is part of the Graphite Series. Also on the front is a neat paragraph which tells a bit about the reasoning behind the design features that were put into the case (which is given in multiple languages). It goes on to mention that the case, though it is a mid-tower, packs full-tower features. Some of these features include space for larger graphic cards, the ability to move around internals to improve airflow and quick release side panels. The back of the box shows an expanded diagram of the case and it explains the different components. The left and right sides of the box are pretty much the same which includes a specifications table written in five other languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once open, we reveal the behemoth inside which is sandwiched between two pieces of styrofoam and even bagged inside a protective cloth bag.

 

 

So far so good and this case looks to be quite awesome. Thus far, a lot of the features found in this case sound great, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Let's read on.

Closer Look:

Once out of the bag, we are faced with the side panel. Can't say I've seen quick release catches on any case I've come across before. This makes the panels both convenient and easy to remove - involving little to no effort. The right side panel also has a locking mechanism so you can protect your internal components where ever you may have your computer. The front of the case doesn't show much but features a nice mesh design. The panel in front of the fan is capable of being pushed in so it pops out allowing you to remove it for easy access to the fan filter. Once clean, you simply let the bottom of the panel rest in its grooves and then push the panel back into place until it clicks. After having already seen the right side of the case there isn't much more to reveal about the left other than the fact that it appears that the side panels are interchangeable. Moving on to the rear, we see this is another case that follows the growing trend of bottom mounted power supplies. Here you can also see the provided holes lined with grommets for water cooling tubes. Another item of note is that instead of having the usual total of seven rear expansion slots, there are actually eight of them. With eight expansion slots and the right motherboard, you should find no problem accommodating a three-way Crossfire or SLI setup even with dual-width cards.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much like the front panel with the fan filter, the top panel also pushes inward and pops out in order to be removed. This provides access to the keyhole for the side panel and any fans you may have installed up top. Finally, on the bottom we have our feet which consist of two plastic bars on either side of the case and four rubber rectangles to keep the case from wobbling. Also seen here in the picture, is the bottom fan filter for the PSU which easily slides in and out for cleaning.

 

 

 

Wow! So this case really does pack some features found only in full-tower cases. With a total of eight expansion slots you can install any video card setup conceivable. In your average mid-tower case you wouldn't typically find this number of slots so it's nice to see such a useful included feature that isn't found anywhere else. What else lies ahead though? Let's find out!

Closer Look:

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.

Specifications:

Dimensions
20" (H) x 23.3" (L) x 10.4" (W) - (507mm x 592mm x 265mm)
Material
Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces
Color
Graphite Grey and Black
Model
CC600T
Drive Bays
(x4) 5.25”
(x6) 3.5”/2.5” Drive Caddies
Cooling
(x2) 200mm Fans w/White LEDs
(x1) 120mm Fan
Expansion Slots
8
Motherboard
ATX, mATX
Front I/O
(x4) USB 2.0
(x1) USB 3.0
(x1) IEEE1394
(x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC
Power Supply
ATX (not included)

 

Features:

All information courtesy of Corsair @ http://www.corsair.com/products/600t/default.aspx

Testing:

For testing I do the usual. I run a combination of Idle and load tests. In idle testing I simply allow the computer to idle for an hour. After the hour is up, I record the current temperatures. I do the same for load except I apply load to each component. To generate CPU and chipset loads, I run Prime 95 in blend mode which fully stresses the CPU and chipset. After running for an hour, I record the current temperatures. I do the same with the HDD using HDTune and GPU using folding@home. Again, after an hour, I record the current temps. When it comes to temperatures, lowest is best of course.

 

Testing System:

 

Comparison Cases:

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The missing CPU fan probably made all of the difference in the CPU temperatures. Very likely if I could have installed it, the CPU temp would have been much lower. Other than that, the case was on par with or better than the comparison field.

Conclusion:

The Corsair 600T lost a little ground when it came to the CPU load and idle tests probably because of missing the fan in the equation. Everywhere else, this case is a shining example of everything a case should be. It comes with many great features right out of the box including three fans, the ability to hold six hard drives and eight total expansion slots so you can always have that Tri-Crossfire or Tri-SLI setup you've been dreaming of. Of course I can't say everything is perfect as I was unable to install my second fan. The included 200mm fans should be reversible to allow installation of the top 200mm fan on the top of the case but because it isn't, I was unable to use the second fan on my push-pull configuration CPU heatsink.

If you decide you need more airflow towards your video cards, you can move the hard drive cage to the bottom of the case to allow the fan to blow without being obstructed by them. Never before have I seen side panels that use buttons you must push down to unlatch. This design makes it easy to remove the side panels when working with your setup. Another great thing about this case are its fan filters. The filters are just so easy to remove and clean. Just simply pushing on the area containing the filter allows the panel to be released which allows you to clean the filter.

A great case would definitely not be complete unless it can route wires with ease. Which, this case does quite well. The sheer number of holes in the motherboard tray should accommodate any which way you decide to manage your wires no matter what your setup. The included manual fan controller is certainly a nice touch which allows you to quiet your setup. Now, not only am I wondering, but I'm sure you are too... I mean, what's this case going for? Well get your wallet ready because it's a big one. A feature heavy case like this also carries a feature heavy price of $159 so this probably isn't a case for you budget builders out there. However, if you're looking for a case that delivers in features and interior size then look no further than the Corsair 600T.

 

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