Needing more airflow and room for my evolving gaming/work rig, I decided it was time to upgrade my computer case. I was previously using a pretty sad Antec Sonata III, which did the trick for the last couple years, but was staring to get pretty cramped and hot with the recent additions of an SSD, several HDD’s, and a new beefier GPU. It also only had one exhaust fan, and no room for mounting any others. Plus it was kinda ugly.
After reading/watching every review I could find for the cases available at my local Memory Express, I resolved to go with a Corsair 600T Graphite Series (black mesh version).
I found this YouTube review from Hardware Cannucks to be particularly helpful (as with all of their other case reviews, these guys are great).
So I’ve made my decision, but maybe you could use some help with yours. What follows are my thoughts on this particular case.
Elegant, fun, big, sexy, and handy…
This is entirely subjective of course, but the Corsair 600T is one sexy beast. Well.. sexy is subjective, beast not so much. It’s classified as a “mid-tower” case, but do not buy this case expecting it to fit in any desk slot, or save you any office space. It is huge. And I love it.
Like I said, I needed more space for housing and cooling my beloved hardware and this case delivers. It also really is an attractive, but refined looking case. It has some of the gamer appeal without being over-the-top or silly.
Turn it on in and it glows with soft white led fan lighting. You can see through the mesh front and side too! Not like a glass window, but a bit more subtle and subdued. Just perfect for an ageing gamer who also uses their computer professionally like myself. Also noteworthy, the mesh panels/fan filters on the front and top of the case are magnetic, and with a push/click they can be very easily removed for cleaning!
Basically, if you want/don’t mind a massive case, and you like a bit of flair but not something completely nuts, I think this case offers a really nice balance of business and pleasure. Of course, who cares what it looks like on the outside if it doesn’t offer the goods on the inside…
Brilliant, functional, well-constructed, and well-equipped…
I really love the look of this case, as I may have mentioned… but what really sold me here was the interior space, built in cooling, and cable management. While assembling my system I couldn’t help thinking to myself how much smarter than me the people who designed this case must be.
As I also mentioned, this is a beastly beast. I can’t imagine a gaming or performance set up that wouldn’t fit in this case. You can even move or remove all the hard drive bays to suit your needs which allows for; a – more room than you could even need for graphics or other PCI-E cards, and b – direct airflow from the massive front intake fan to said cards. The latter was particularly important to me, because my stupid tiny M-ATX motherboard requires my sound card to be about a millimetre from my GPU.
Speaking of cooling, this case can accommodate about 600 fans (not the official number but close) and is very well suited for liquid cooling. I’m not doing this, so I can’t speak from experience – but there’s a space on the top of the case (behind the magnetic air filter/mesh) designed for this specifically.
Finally, cable management. Wow. Basically, there are a bunch of high quality rubber grommets surrounding the motherboard, and a ton of space on the other side of them for running your mess of wires. More and more cases are using this, but the 600T gives you enough room on the other side, and convenient little loops for zip-tying, that even the cable space will look well organized and neat. This element truly made the experience of putting the case together really satisfying and enjoyable.
So is this the case for you?
Probably. But I give this case a 4.5/5 for a reason as it has a few small shortcomings.
First is the non-existent user manual. Well.. it exists.. but it’s useless. No detail whatsoever as to how to set up the fan controller, or how to mount drives to the bays (the external one’s were a bit confusing). This is a bummer, and I had to spend a little while Googling to find answers for fear that I might break some clip or fry some FP component if I tried to guess or force it. Even then, the answers I found left me taking a here goes nothing breath a couple of times.
Second, is that the side panel mesh (with 4x 120mm fan mounts) doesn’t have the same well thought out filters that the front and top do. It actually doesn’t have a filter at all. Which makes it a little less desirable spot for extra fannage.
That said, these are pretty minor gripes given the reasonable price range of this case (I paid $140 CAD).
PRO TIP: Fan Set up
If you are like me, and you’ve never used an on-board fan control in a case before, the fan set up might be confusing. It’s actually really simple though, once you figure it out.
Coming from the bundle of front panel wires there are 4 “male” fan control pin-plugs covered by plastic protectors (which make them look like female plug-ins). There is one molex plug to power the fans.
Simply plug the molex into your PSU, and the fan controllers into each fan you’d like controlled by the knob.
Sounds simple, but at first glance I was giving it the sideways puppy-look for awhile.