Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Reviewairman - August 9, 2011
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Opening the case exposes the all-black interior and gives us a better look at what's available for wiring management. There is a total number of eight pass-throughs on the motherboard mounting tray, with one of them actually being underneath where an ATX motherboard will mount. This is perfect for routing the front I/O wires completely out of sight, except for a small sliver of wiring that shows as they loop up from underneath the motherboard and plug into the headers. We also see the massive CPU mounting access hole, which tells me that I probably won't have any problem of running into clearance issues. The hard drive trays run horizontally in respect to the front of the case, allowing the ability to face the I/O ports of the drives toward the rear â€” cleaning up the wires very nicely. Looking at the other side, you'll find the "nest" of wires, sheathed in black, which helps camouflage them. The 4-pin Molex connector powers the fan controller and there are four 3-pin leads that are secured near it that power the fans already in place. If I had seen the included fans already wired up, it would have been a nice touch. However, it still gives me the option to route the wires how I please. The other bunch of wires is for the front I/O. We see that the USB3.0 is not an internal header, but an external one that will require passing through the rear of the case and on to the motherboard. The other cables are standard (power/reset, USB2.0, sound, Firewire, etc).
The clearance between the side panel and the rear of the motherboard tray is over 3/4" (19mm) and will provide enough clearance to allow the large ATX power monstrosity to pass through the wiring grommets on the motherboard to clean up the look a little bit. There is no hard divider or support running between the hard drive cages and motherboard tray either, so I won't have to worry about pinching any wires at that point once the right side panel goes back on. So, in essence, the entire area behind the motherboard tray is wide open.
The interior of the case reminds me greatly of the Obsidian 650D, as far as the looks and features that are provided. The case's power supply bracket is located at the bottom of the case at the rear, and just in front of that are two wiring holes in the motherboard tray. All my wires will be able to pass through these two grommets! There are eight, re-usable (re-attachable, as opposed to the tear-out) expansion slot covers, which are made out of slotted sheet metal and are held in by thumb screws. Above this is a black, 120mm exhaust fan that will be plugged into the fan controller, along with the 200mm exhaust fan at the top. Removing this fan will allow installation of two 120mm fans or a 2x120mm radiator. Corsair says this is possible, but realistically, the user would probably have to use slim fans for it to fit or figure out a mounting scheme to place the fans on the outside of the case, beneath the removable top cover.
There are four 5.25" bays at the front of the case that use toolless securing mechanisms just like that of the Obsidian series. To lock/unlock a device, all it takes is the flip of a lever. Of course, it only secures the device on one side, but the fit is tight enough to not allow very little lateral movement once it is secured. Below the four 5.25" bays are six 3.5"/2.5" hard drive trays, each in cages that are removable. Removal of one cage may be necessary in the event where there may be interference between a large video card and the cage. However, for most, if not all consumer cards, I don't see this being a likely issue.
As I said on the previous page, the main thing that this case has that the original one that we reviewed doesn't, is the window. Not only does it have the window, but the window is removable and can be replaced with the included mesh insert â€” allowing for up to four additional fans on the side panel. This can provide significant additional airflow over the video cards and adds a cool change to the overall feel of the case. Exchanging the two panels is a two-step process. First, the window must be removed by taking out ten Phillips head screws, and then the mesh piece is locked into place by folding the thin, sheet metal tabs over. I wish something different was done here, as these tabs could easily break if it is removed and replaced just one more time. Anyways, not unlike the other Corsair cases on the market, the quick-release handles are located at the top of each panel and once released, the side panel pivots along the bottom edge and can be moved out of the way. Both panels are geometrically identical, so they can be used interchangeably â€” but with the addition of the window on the left panel, it's easy to distinguish between the two.
The hard drive trays are very standard to what we see with other manufacturers on the market today. Each is a simple, single piece of molded plastic with four pins that lock the 3.5" hard drive in place. For smaller hard drives, they are secured through the bottom with screws that go through the tray and into the hard drive. To remove the tray, the two outward-sticking tabs are squeezed inwards. Replacing the tray is as simple as sliding it back in until it clicks into place. As I said earlier, the cages that contain the hard drive trays are removable. These are held in by thumbscrews, and are easily removed. This is useful to both clean up the interior of the case if extra hard drives are unneeded, as well as to allow as much clearance as possible for super large video cards.
I pointed out earlier that the headers for the I/O ports and controls on the front of the case are located in a nest that is bundled up behind the motherboard tray. For this review, and all intents and purposes, with my hardware and preference standpoint, I will only be using USB2.0, power button, power LED, reset button, and HDD LED. I will not be using, USB 3.0, Firewire, and front audio jacks, though they are available. I will be using the fan controller with the included fans. Luckily, the sheaths for the wiring are all black and don't expose any of the multi-colored wiring inside. This way, they'll be very subtle and will be easily disguised.
For an experienced user, the fan controller is self-explanatory, but to the novice, it may need some explanation. The 4-pin Molex connector has an obvious purpose and that is to supply power to the fan controller itself â€” which ends up running out to the fans. Thoughtfully enough, there are plastic "covers" on each of the four, 2-pin male plugs that go to each fan. Therefore, for supply lines that are not used (we will only be using three of the four with the included fans), the live, exposed leads can be covered. This prevents any possibility of there being a short caused by the leads touching each other, or grounding out on the chassis. Generally, we see a shrouded plug where the leads are nested and safe, but this is just another way of doing it. I'd be afraid to lose these covers, however, so I would have rather seen the more common, shrouded version.
The fans are not supplied with any expanded data, other than that we know they operate on 12V. There are no labels for current draw, RPM, or CFM on any of the included fans, and they are supplied with a Corsair sticker on the back. The two 200mm fans are equipped with white LEDs, which thoughtfully match the paint job, just like the white LEDs that were packaged with the original, black Graphite Series 600T. I like the look of white LEDs, plus with the black interior, it allows the hardware to stand out clearly while not being overly bright.
Getting the case together with all the components was an easy task. I of course took my usual extra time on wiring management, as I always try to get the most out of every case with each review to show what the wire management is capable of achieving. Removing the upper hard drive cage was far unnecessary, even with the large, HD6970 video card. The only thing that stands out, and drives me kind of nuts, is the hole in the motherboard tray where the inside of the white side panel glares outward. The inside of this panel should have been painted black, as it sticks through like a sore thumb! Anyways, the white LEDs emit a subtle glow and offer a different type of look compared to other cases. This is the first case that I've had my hands on that come with white, LED fans. Other thoughts, off the top of my head, is the room at the top of the case for a radiator â€” which seems minimal. It'd be a tight fit, if even possible, even though Corsair mentions that there is 2x120mm radiator support. Moving on, it's now time to take a look at the manufacturer-provided specifications, followed by an intense performance test.