Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Reviewairman - August 9, 2011
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Well, with the Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T, I liked what I see. The styling is...well, stylish, (duh) and offers a contrast from the sharp-edged (also good-looking) Obsidian series cases. Corsair did a good job on the coloring scheme and converting the existing model to a white edition. Thoughtful "upgrade" styling, to me, is where a manufacturer can offer something different than the original model, while still retaining the same elements. Overall, the features of the Corsair Graphite Series 600T work well, and the Special White Edition offers some extra benefits over the original version — for only a tiny bit of a price-hike.
Bringing all my thoughts together, I can think of a few things that I'd like to point out with this case. Aside from the middle of the line performance, there are a few other things that I would have liked to see differently with the Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T. The first thing that I came across was the creaky side panel. With the plexiglass inside of it, simply picking it up would cause creaking sounds from the plexiglass rubbing directly on the metal panel due to the way that it was fastened. Using a different type of window material here would have helped that, or adding some sort of rubber spacers could have alleviated this as well. The creakiness just makes the side panel seem cheap, and I've even heard of the panel creaking during heat-intensive activities from other users.
Sticking with the side panel, the mesh insert is a good idea. However, the way that it's fastened makes me believe that Corsair wasn't planning on having users go back and forth between the two options. Though this is probably true for the majority of folks, I don't think that it would last more than two to three applications before wearing out and breaking one or more of the tabs that hold it into place. I could already tell that from putting it on and taking it off once. Perhaps a similar solution would have worked, such as the plastic tabs on front bezels that "grab" an edge and is completely reusable. The last thing I noticed, but not until testing, was the integrated fan controller. It's got a huge knob on the front, with probably 270° of sweep, but only the last 20% of the full sweep of the knob actually adjusts the speed of the fans at all. The first 80% of the sweep doesn't really do anything. Properly chosen electronics would have solved this problem. I couldn't verify this with an optical tachometer, but I was able to do the next closest thing. I took a small piece of tape and attached it to one of the fans so that it would make a subtle tick, and recorded that through an entire sweep of the knob. I then looked very closely at the wave file, and was able to determine the RPM. The RPM stayed around 400 all the way until almost 3/4th of the way around of the knob, where it then ramped up to about 800RPM.
I know I might sound critical with what I've just said, but seeing simple problems that are obvious and quick to fix can be frustrating, especially on a case above $150. Even though I feel that Corsair took just a few shortcuts on this case, I still like it. It's got plenty of room, looks good (I especially like the white color), and does everything that I need it to. Fixing the few problems would have definitely earned this case an OCC Gold Award, and I can be stingy with those. In the end, the Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T is a good case, though its price point may be a little higher than I would want to pay for a case that's not 100% perfect.
- Includes window/mesh insert
- White LED fans offer unique glow
- Integrated fan controller
- 4x USB2.0 ports on front
- Locking, keyed side panel
- Side window creaks even with minimal movement
- Mesh insert not meant to be re-used
- Fan controller header covers can easily be lost