Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Reviewairman -
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The first thing that I noticed after looking at the case up close is the neat contrast between the white and black faces. The majority of the case is white, but there are black accents around the bezel, side panel window, panel door handles, and around the base. Again, as I was with the Obsidian 650D, I am blown away at the fact that Corsair can call this case a mid tower! It is absolutely massive and weighs almost 30 lbs bone dry — only standing at a few inches shorter than the tremendously sized, Obsidian 800D.
Looking at the front of the case, you will see the white rim around the bezel with the black center section. There are four external 5.25" bay covers and the removable fan filter at the bottom. This fan filter works just like that of the Obsidian 650D, where pressing it in at the top will release it. On the bottom of the fan filter is an embossed, silver Corsair logo that stands out against the black surroundings. Turning to the left, windowed side of the case, the quick-release handles and the window can be seen. The quick release handles are located at the top and are black in color. The window covers roughly half the inside area of the side panel and placed slightly toward the rear of the case. This placement is perfect, as there is still plenty of areas not visible through the window to hide wiring and potentially unsightly components, such as CCFL inverters, water cooling pumps, etc.
The rear of the case is like most others, with a 120mm exhaust fan at the top, the I/O cutout on the side, eight expansion slots above the bottom-mounting PSU mounting location, and overall covered with mesh/perforations allowing for extra airflow. There are two water cooling grommets, just like that of the original Graphite Series 600T, located beneath the exhaust fan and beside the expansion slots. These grommets are large enough to fit tubing up to 3/4" in outer diameter, large enough for even the beefiest of tubing. The right, un-windowed side is nothing special, though it does still offer the quick-release handles just like the left side. Both panels are identical in fit, so one side could fit on the other. However, with this case having a window, there would be no need for a switch unless the user choose they do not want a window later on.
The top of the case is centered with a black, mesh area with a large 200mm fan underneath it. This top section acts somewhat as a filter and is also removable like the front section is. One difference between this case and my recently visited Obsidian, is that the Graphite Series 600T has a locking mechanism for the quick-release handles on this side. The lock is hidden underneath this removable section, and will prevent removal of the windowed side panel when the lock is engaged. This is always an great option for the LAN party-goer, where the owner may feel the need to secure their hardware with more than just a couple of screws. On the bottom of the case is the standard vent for the PSU and a slide out filter for that as well. The front I/O area of the case houses 4x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x 1394 Firewire, and headphone/microphone jacks. In the center of this I/O area is the fan controller knob, which controls four fan channels simultaneously. Just behind the I/O ports are the inconspicuous power and reset buttons, which follow the lines of the top center mesh.
The front bezel is attached to the case like just about all others — by tabs that pop in and out of the holes of the frame. Removing the front bezel only takes about 30 seconds and is easily reattached. The nice thing about this bezel is that, since there are no electronic peripherals attached to it, there are no wires tying it to the case that may be damaged or even broken if you aren't careful during its removal. Behind the front bezel, you can get a clearer view at the large, 200mm intake fan.
Now that I have explored the exterior of the case, I can now get along to checking out the inside of it. I expect to see nearly identical traits to that of the original Graphite Series 600T, which will be a very spacious interior with lots of room, great wire management, and easy to use features, such as the hard drive trays and removable cages.