Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Gladiator 600 (RC-600)
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CoolerMaster Gladiator 600 Mid-Tower Case Review
30 April 2011
Excerpt: I know a lot of computer enthusiasts that are passionate about electronics, but just don’t have a wad of cash to spend on their hobby. They still take pride in their rigs, which is what partly fuels the dying modding community. Still, good computer cases can be found that anyone would be proud to have, regardless […]
Conclusion: MSI has spent a lot of time with their new motherboard platform stressing the high quality components they use on the Sandy Bridge platform. Each P67 or H67 motherboard from them will have Military Class II components bringing the Hi-c Caps, Solid Caps and Super Ferrite Chokes to their entire lineup. Most motherboards for the new P67 chipset will have simlar performance scores, but a motherboards feature set is what makes it stand out in the crowd.
Conclusion: From an enthusiast's point of view this case is in many ways a more inexpensive brother of Cooler Master's CM Storm Scout case. The case has rounded edges, meaning you won't cut your hand when operating on the system, adequate cooling and great cable management. There is room for four 140mm fans and a 120mm fan or alternatively up to five 120mm fans. The tool-less drive installation, and the FP I/O is a great addition to a good case.
Summary: The Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Mid Tower Case is an entry level mainstream case with a price point of $69.99 USD
The Cooler Master Gladiator 600 performed better than I had anticipated for a unit at this price point. CPU and system temperatures stayed below expectations even with only the two factory fans installed. The GPU did reach higher temperatures than normal under load, but the addition of a 120mm side fan completely solved the issue.
Cons: Screwless Drive Mounts Not Sturdy With Nonstandard Drives
Excerpt: With the Gladiator 600 chassis, Cooler Master has a very nice addition to their mid range, mid tower product line. They've managed to incorporate a great looking exterior with good cooling and a functional interior for a cost of around $70 US. Getting a case to market with these features at this pricepoint is no mean feat, and involves some compromises, but I like what Cooler Master chose to compromise on to cut costs with this chassis.
Summary: No the CoolerMaster Gladiator 600 is not the case to end all cases, but it is a very decent case that you can pickup for less than $80.00 in most places. The sad part is unless you happen to have a very large junk box like I do, you could easily spend and additional $20.00 for the three fans to fill the openings on this case. That pushes the cost of the case closer to $100.00.
Summary: After spending that last few weeks with the Gladiator 600 housing my main gaming system, I can say that my concerns about heat are most likely unjustified. The dual GPUs never falter in any of the games I'm currently playing. The case fans are quiet and I can't honestly hear them over the video card fans.
Pros: » Tool-less design, » Side mounted hard drive bays, » Cable management and CPU mounting cut-outs, » Stock fans are very quiet
Cons: » Not very deep, could be an issue with newer, larger video cards, » Case filters are not easily removed
Summary: Cooler Master Gladiator 600 is a mid-tower case targeted to the user that wants an inexpensive good-quality mid-tower case with a good selection of features. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
Overall the Cooler Master Gladiator is a great case. It has plenty of cooling options and is surely easy to install. Cooler Master provides enough extra benefits for this case that it makes it worthwhile. The best part is it’s affordable; it can be found online for around $60. I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with this case other than the fact that the case supports five fans and only two are provided. It’s certainly a great deal for the price.