Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Case Review
2 May 2012
Summary: Corsair has diversified its business tremendously over the last few years. Behind quality memory, PSUs, and contained cooling systems, Corsair builds some very well respected computer cases for the DIY enthusiast. Today we dig into the Graphite Series 600T case that is a very big hit with many of our readers.
Excerpt: I have seen over the last year, maybe even two, that there is a definite trend to offering users a "white" option when it comes to case color choices. Most of the cases I have seen up to this point started with modders painting the cases they already had. This led to a lot of feedback from users on the forums where these cases were shown, and the manufacturers saw the opportunity to make their mark and offer users a modded-like chassis straight out of the box.
Conclusion: At first glance, the Graphite Series 600T looks a bit like your typical aftermarket case, but careful examination reveals the differences that set it apart. We think those differences well justify the price. A first-time or casual PC builder likely won’t spend more than $100 on a case, and with the street price for this case parked right around $159, it might get passed over because of the price.
Pros: Modular hard drive cages, Well-thought-out wire management, Extra-large cutout for CPU-cooler removal
Cons: Very deep, Side panel with window costs extra
Excerpt: Then there came the 600T. The 600T was aimed at the individual that was looking for a smaller case but still had many of the features of a bigger case like the 800D. The 600T has many of them but also lacked a couple which is understandable due to the size differences. But what the 600T has that the 800D does not is a more stylist but elegant front facial and not as simplistic as the front bezel of the 800D.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Visually appealing contours and design, Great cooling potential for overclocked systems, 13.75" video card clearance to drive cage, 7.0" clearance for tall CPU coolers, Excellent cable management with 5/8~3/4" clearance, Large back-panel opening gives heatsink access, Soft rubber grommets protect cables and hoses, Two very-quiet 200mm cooling fans, plus 120mm at rear, Intake vent openings have cleanable lint filters, Tool-less side panels, bezel, and drive bays, Tall ...
Cons: Top-mounted audio plugs may interfere with dial/port access, No sound dampening material, May be too tall for any location other than floor, Heavy-weight steel product
Summary: Final Thoughts
As I said earlier in this review all Corsair products either are best in class or right up there, so does the 600T make the cut? It sure does, it is everything that a case should be. Starting out with the build quality the internal steel chassis feels very strong and sturdy. There is some plastic on this case, but it feels very solid. The case doors come off very easily and the latch system works great and I wouldn’t expect the latches to break either.
Pros: – Great design, – 4x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port and 1x firewire port, – Great cooling and fan controller included, – Easy installation, – Cable routing is made easy
Cons: – Would have been nice to see a 6pin CPU power cable extender included
Excerpt: It’s no secret that we really like Corsair’s full-tower case, the 800D. That chassis earned a Kick Ass Award for its no-nonsense exterior, gloriously roomy interior, and its mysterious ability to make every build look fantastic. Of course, it was enormous and cost close to $300. So we had high hopes for the mid-tower 600T: Sure, it’s graphite-colored and clad in (gasp!) curvy plastic, but it’s still Corsair on the inside, right? The 600T is big for a mid-tower.
Pros: Absolute joy to build into; good looks, differentiated from Corsair's full-towers; good value.
Cons: No side fan; some kinda-high GPU temperatures.
Excerpt: As you can probably tell for the review, I like Corsair's 600T very much. The look is very refreshing with the sleek, rounded profile and graphite gray and black finish. Three big fans provide good interior cooling and the white LEDs on the front and top fans lend the case some understated visual interest.