Corsair 600T Review (Plus Fan Set up Info)



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.

Exterior

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!

You can control the massive (and rather quiet) fans with a fan control knob located atop the case, alongside a headphone and microphone jack, 4 usb 2.0 ports, 1 usb 3.0 port and a firewire port.

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…

Interior

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).

4.5 / 5 stars      

Grab one for yourself here on Newegg!

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.

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  • gthomson

    Thanks for this post – I just started on my first build of a new home system in about 8 years. I used to build/upgrade my own, but at some point (about 8 years ago) it seemed to make sense to just buy it and be done with it. I’m on the programmer side, not much the gamer side unless Pinball still counts.

    Well, that system just crashed this last week, and I don’t think it’s worth fixing.

    I came across the Corsair 600T, and it inspired me to build my own system again.
    Who could’ve thunk a case could be inspiring?

    They got that case design so right…
    Not a mid-sized that’s too small, or a full sized tower that’s too big in the wrong places, but an in-between height that works well, and an increased width that provides some good options.
    Love the cable aspects hidden behind the back panel.
    And the sideways facing hard drive bays with cables out of the right side and out of cooling path also.

    This case seems like the ultimate upgrader’s case even if they don’t have a focus on gaming.
    That may be bad for Corsair, though.
    I don’t see me having a reason to buy another case in the next 10-12-15 years.
    I guess power supplies will go out, memory will need to be upgraded, so if it all fits in this case, we’re both good I guess.

    It was nice to find the 600T in this world that has become so focused on smaller being better.
    Sometimes, you just want something more robust for your setup, and as you kind of mention – the 600T is the sexy beast that fills the need.

    I’m looking at it as more of a developer workstation, with vmWare Workstation, and maybe 3 or 4 guests running at the same time in various setups.

    And although my HP Media Center m7170n has been a good trooper over the past 8 years, it’s old, it’s tired, and it’s time to move on.

    Interesting that it was the 600T case that inspired me, though…

    Greg

    • http://nickpierno.com/ Nick Pierno

      Thanks for sharing Greg! I’m glad you had a similarly awesome experience. It might sound silly, but for me it kinda transcended the usual “Ooo, look at this pretty thing I bought..” and actually made me just feel generally stoked about building my computer.

      I’ve built my last couple machines, and cases were something I just basically bought the cheapest one of that would fulfil my minimum needs. This one just gave me the incentive to build a masterpiece (so to speak). It wasn’t even a lot more expensive than the budget cases!

      Have you picked up the case yet? I’d be interested in what components you put in there!

      • gthomson

        It’ll be pretty sparse to begin with – Intel Core i5-2500, ASUS P8Z68-V LX board, 16gb Corsair memory, 650TX PSU, Intel 128GB SSD, and CM Hyper 212 EVO HSF – that’s about it. Went as far as I could last night to get it put together. Just waiting on the last part to arrive – the ASUS. UPS should be here in the next couple hours with that.

        Initial goal is to just get a stable Windows 7 O/S going. vmWare Workstation on top of that, and then get some VM guests where I do my day-to-day – one for development, one for financial stuff, and one for general browsing, email and experimental things. I’ve wanted to get these on separate systems for quite some time so that malware, viruses, etc… aren’t such a concern, and if I need to –  just wipe out and re-create the general use guest as needed. Never had a system powerful enough to handle that, though. Host OS and 1 guest were all I could run at one time usually.

        I can probably see an additional RAID 1 128GB SSD volume as a good addition for putting the VMs on.

        Not sure what’s after that, but I’m pretty sure this system will be able to handle whatever I can afford to throw at it for many years.

        Kinda reminds me of my last truck purchase about 6 years ago.
        Bought a Honda Ridgeline, and the experience was similar.
        Just kind of have the feeling that the designers of both threw out the book of rules, and actually designed what I wanted from scratch, and added a lot of nice touches that I didn’t even realize would be nice to have – the underside filter, the hidden keylock, the little punchouts for zip ties – would actually like to have a few more of those scattered about, but if that’s my only complaint, that’s a pretty minor thing.