- Product Dimensions: 59.2 x 26.4 x 50.8 cm ; 11 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 13 Kg
- Item model number: CC600TM
- ASIN: B004X63JWS
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 6 2012
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Corsair Graphite Series Black 600T Mid-Tower Computer Case (CC600TM)
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- Mesh side panel can accommodate up to four 120mm fans for outrageous cooling potential.
- Easily accessible dust filters keep the cool air flowing over your valuable components.
- Keep your system cool with the dual 200mm fans and rear 120mm fan.
- Built-in compatibility for SSDs in the six hard drive bays gives you the flexibility you need.
- Access your hardware faster than ever with easy side panel removal.
- Mesh side panel can accommodate up to four 120mm fans for outrageous cooling potential.
- Easily accessible dust filters keep the cool air flowing over your valuable components.
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The Graphite Series 600T is a sleek, streamlined case designed to bring full tower functionality to the mid tower market. With four 5.25" bays, six hard drive bays with full SSD compatibility, an innovative cable routing system, and fantastic cooling from dual 200mm white LED fans, the Graphite Series 600T is the stylish and easy way to building the ultimate gaming PC.
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In the summer of 2010, Corsair introduced the Graphite Series 600T-a mid-tower case that targeted a similar audience of PC geeks who preferred the smaller form factor and lower cost. At CES 2011, Corsair announced the addition of the Special Edition White 600T, which not only sported a new color, but a side window panel with an interchangeable mesh insert. Join me as I take a fresh look at the Special Edition 600T.
Note: The regular 600T and the Special Edition 600T are nearly identical and I will refer to them both as "600T" except when necessary to differentiate between them.
- Gorgeous looks
- Spacious interior
- Plenty of expansion possibilities
- Great cable routing and management
- Easy to open side panels
- Flexible cooling options
- Ergonomic I/O panel placement
- Acrylic window and mesh panel inserts included
- Drive caddies support SSD and 2.5"' disk drives
- Premium price
- Thin on documentation
IN THE BOX
Quick Start Guide
Mesh side panel insert w/fan screws
Nylon zip ties (x8)
Hard drive & motherboard screws (x20)
2.5"' & SSD flat screws (x24)
Case lock keys
The original 600T is a cool looking case, if not understated. The slightly rounded shape, all black finish and no-nonsense design work well together. The new white color of the Special Edition gives it an even classier look in my opinion. I haven't been a fan of white cases in the past but the contrast between the white and black is visually stunning. At the very least, system builders now have a color choice. The 600T is also very large for a mid-tower case.
The 600T is by far the largest mid-tower case I have ever seen. The ABS plastic and steel construction puts the weight of the 600T at about 28 pounds, empty. My previous mid-tower case looks like it could fit inside the 600T. It's definitely the polar opposite of what an Apple Mac Mini stands for, in terms of size. However, just like how every part of a Mac Mini is optimized for a particular purpose, so too is the 600T. My only complaint is that because of the side panel window, you can see all my aging components! There's some motivation there to upgrade I think :)
The mechanism to open the side panels of the Corsair 600T are quite unique. In all my years of system building, I've never seen anything quite like it. The two latch mechanisms are located at the top of both panels. Thumb screws? I don't need no stinkin' thumb screws! It is very easy to open and shut both panels. Be sure to spend a few minutes tidying up the cables on the right side though. It might be a little tough to shut the right panel otherwise.
The motherboard tray is not removable but there's so much room, it isn't necessary. As a convenience, the motherboard standoffs are pre-installed. There is a large cutout for easy heatsink installation as well. Power supply installation is also easy and there is a decent amount of room between the top of the power supply and the bottom edge of the motherboard for easy installation of the I/O panel headers. I mounted my Corsair PSU and easily routed the ATX 8-pin power connector via the cutout.
The four 5.25"' optical drive bays use a tool-free design that worked better than any I'd ever used. I just popped out the mesh bay cover and slid my DVD drive in until I heard a click. Unfortunately, the 600T did not come with a 3.5"' to 5.25"' bay cover, which means I'll either have to get creative with my 3.5"' card reader or leave it out. The 600T has six internal hard drive bays, split between two drive cages. Both 3.5"' and 2.5'" drives are supported and mount on the included plastic drive caddies. You can easily mix and match SSD dives, 2.5"' hard drives and full-sized 3.5"' drives. The 2.5"' drives require them to be screwed in with the included screws, but 3.5"' drives can be mounted on the drive caddies without tools. The top drive cage can also be relocated to the bottom of the case.
The inside of the 600T is so spacious that the largest graphics cards have no problems with clearance, even with the top drive cage left as is. A Radeon 5970, which is about 12' long, can fit with room to spare. Also, since the 600T has eight expansion slots, a 3-way SLI configuration is possible.
The 600T has some unique grommeted, cable routing holes to help keep the interior looking clean and tidy for better airflow management. They work extremely well and the inside of my computer has never looked as good as it does in the 600T.
The 600T has two 200mm fans with white LED's. One is located in the front as an intake fan and the other at the top of the case as an exhaust fan. There is also a single 120mm fan in the rear that acts as an exhaust fan. For my particular system, the combination of the three fans was more than enough to keep my system cool. The mesh openings in the front and top of the case also assist with cooling. The expansion slot covers are vented as well. Should you choose, you can remove the top 200mm fan and install a 240mm radiator and two 120mm fans.
One of the only complaints that the original 600T received was in regards to cooling. Some suggested that because the top 200mm fan could not be flipped around as an intake fan and because the blades of the 200m fans were too narrow, that they couldn't adequately cool the backside of the case, especially hot-running graphics cards. To address this one complaint, Corsair modified the left panel to hold either an impact resistant acrylic window insert or a mesh insert. The mesh insert has four mounting points for adding up to four additional 120mm fans! Old 600T owners need not feel left out. You can buy the window panel kit to match your black 600T for just $29.99, available directly from Corsair.
A nice feature of the 600T is the fan controller on the I/O panel. The 600T can control up to four fans with the large dial located on the I/O panel. A switch to turn the fan LED's on and off would've been nice too. As I mentioned previously, the top drive cage is removable to allow even greater airflow to the back of the case. This allows the front 200mm fan to push air to components, unobstructed.
The 600T is a performance case and doesn't pretend to be a silent case. If you're looking for a silent case, you should probably look elsewhere. Still, it isn't jet-engine-loud, even when compared to my previous case that had sound dampening panels. The two 200mm fans on the 600T run at 800RPM at a sound level of 24dBA, while providing airflow at 76CFM. I know a lot of people like to replace case fans (including myself) so I checked for after market fans. Suitable replacements are available that are slightly quieter than the OEM's. In this particular instance, I don't think the extra $50 for two fans is worth it because they won't improve cooling or noise by a significant amount. You'd probably be better off going to liquid cooling and using one of Corsair's Hydro CPU coolers.
The I/O panel of the 600T is ergonomically located on the top. Since most people put their towers on the floor, a top mounted I/O panel is much easier to access. The I/O panel consists of the power button, reset switch, fan speed dial, four USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, one IEEE 1394 port, a headphone jack and a mic jack. The power LED and HDD activity LED are both white, to match the white LED fans. Just as an FYI, the USB 3.0 port on the I/O panel doesn't connect directly to the motherboard via USB headers. Instead, it uses a Type A connector that must be plugged into a USB 3.0 port. The 600T has a special pass-through expansion bay slot cover that allows the USB 3.0 cable to be threaded out the rear.
The 600T comes with two washable dust filters-one below the PSU, accessible from the back, and one in the front. The dust filter in the front is part of the lower mesh grill that covers the front 200mm fan. To remove it, you push the top of the grill inwards, which ejects the dust filter. I believe the original 600T used a foam dust filter that sat behind the mesh grill. However, in the Special Edition White 600T, the foam is replaced with a material that reminds me of reusable gold coffee filters. The openings of the filter are very small and square-shaped. All the 5.25' bay covers also use this filter as well.
The top mesh grill uses a similar mechanism as the front dust filter for removal. You push down on the back edge and it pops up for removal. Underneath the top grill, you'll see the side panel lock and a 200mm fan.
The quick start guide that's included in the box shows a blow out diagram of the case, but doesn't really explain or detail much else. Experienced system builders shouldn't have any problems, but it might take inexperienced builders a little longer to finish. If you need help figuring out how to connect the fan controller, Corsair's website has clear and detailed directions with pictures.
The Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T mid-tower ATX case is an amazing enclosure. Both the regular 600T and the Special Edition are beautifully designed in my opinion. The 600T is a joy to work in and easy to maintain. You can tell that Corsair designers really thought of the system builder when creating the 600T. The fact that they changed the side panel to allow additional fans to be mounted on it tells me that Corsair actively listens to what their customers are saying. When it comes to high-performance PC components, it just doesn't get any better than Corsair. The Special Edition 600T extends Corsair's dominance even further and I highly recommend it.
* Review sample courtesy of Corsair
I find it profound that I have purchased this case because it was white. No one makes white cases anymore, I exclaimed. My first computer was in a white case and I found that so boring. Every case after was a different color. The white paint job gives your computer a sense of class and style that you really can't find anymore. It's really a shame that Voodoo sold out to HP.
I will mention the only difference between this case and the black one is the window. The black case has a mesh area where the window would be (has mounts for fans if you want that sort of thing). The white case comes with this mesh area to add if you don't like the window.
Lastly, the manual is a bit of a joke. It doesn't explain much but with a case there isn't much explaining to do. The one thing that stumped me was how they expected me to route a USB 3.0 cable through the case to hook into the back of the motherboard. I reached out to the Corsair FAQ area to no avail and ended up contacting support. There is a small latch at the top PCI bracket area to route it. I didn't even notice it was there until they mentioned it. If you're as perplexed as I was, I hope I saved you some time on that.
It's worth the money, buy it already.
I went to my local electronics store because I like to poke and prod any new cases I buy and the unit I came for was unavailable. I looked into other options and found the Corsair 600T Special Edition and was impressed with its cable management and the fan speed controller. After much consideration I purchased this unit even though it was above what I wanted to pay.
After taking it home the first thing I noticed was the lack of directions. I initially didn't care since most of the time I don't use them anyway but I found there were some questions I had that normally I would have looked up, but there is almost no instructional information available for this product by the manufacturer at this time.
This was the only con I found, and it kind of ridiculous given the price, but in the end I couldn't bring myself to mark them down for it.
The case has about every feature you could ask for. The side panels don't have the one or two screws in the back, but two simple clips you pull down on the side. The spacers come screwed in the case but found the placement was setup for a larger motherboard. I easily moved them in place to fit mine. Unlike my last case there was plenty of room to work with when putting my mother board in. I use a large cpu cooler and it did not get in the way in the slightest. At first I didn't like the screw you have to remove for graphics card installation since my last case had it built in but after getting it installed I noticed it seemed a lot more sturdy then in my last case, a plus. The hard drive went in nice and standard. The brackets that hold it are plastic like my last case but seem thicker and less likely to bend/break. The optical drive installation was nice and easy. I found the plates have clips on the inside, you push them in the push the slot out, nice and easy, plus my last case you pushed them in, and my young daughter ran into them and pushed 2 in permanently, that will not happen with this case. Bottom mount for PSU, and the case has a removable filter at the bottom of the case.
The case runs very cool, one front mounted 200mm fan, one top mounted 200mm and a rear 120mm fan. With those and a 120mm fan on my CPU the case stay very cool and it amazingly quiet. These were the two reasons I purchased a new case and I am very happy with the result. The top and front fans have white LED's. Im not one for a colorful computer but I find they are not too bright (They get brighter if you turn the fan speed up) and since they are white, they add a nice glow to the computer.
The cable management is awesome, I couldn't ask for much more. The space behind the plate on the right side of the case (Also removed with handles and not screws) is large and can accommodate all my wires easily. There are more slots to fit the wires through that you can ask for and only the tightest wires are unable to be ran behind the plate.
One tip for any installers (and another thing we could use an instruction manual for):The fan control plugs have a piece of plastic that I think is just for protecting the connections on it. Pull it off and you will be able to connect your fans to them. Also, the hard drive bays are able to be removed and configured. I found this out after installation and had to go back and make some changes. As for the keys that it comes with, I can easily assume what they are for but I cant find where the keyhole is. I don't think I would use them but geez, at this price where is my manual?
In the end this case is awesome in almost every way and its lack of a manual wont make me mark it down. But I sure am tempted.....
1. The front 200mm fan is too close to the grill, and creates a buzzing noise that gets pretty annoying @ high fan speeds. Corsair was kind enough to quickly send me a replacement fan, but the problem persists Once you know it's there, it's noticeable @ low fan speeds as well. If you want a quiet/silent case, I highly recommend you thoroughly research this issue before committing.
2. The plastic window is vulnerable to making squeaking/cracking noises due to thermal expansion. Probably not a big deal if you keep your computer on all the time, but again, annoying if you power your machine on/off often.
On the positive side, the case looks awesome (primary reason I chose it), and Corsair customer service is very responsive and first rate.
Other than that, the cons below and minor and don't really detract for me. I liked the look of the original black 600T case, but it lacked the mesh panel on the side, and I didn't feel I'd get enough airflow since I have so many hard drives that I thought they'd block too much of the air coming from the big front fan. So this version fixed that.
(Incidentally, don't let the term "mesh" mislead you: they are really more "grills" in that it is strong metal with lots of little octagonal holes in it, and far sturdier than real mesh would be.)
If I had to pick one 'best' thing about this case, it's the width: At over 10" wide, cable management behind the motherboard is a breeze. And there's a nice little hole in the upper left of the motherboard for the secondary power supply to the motherboard. (It's amazing how many cases with nice routing holes in the motherboard tray neglect to provide that.)
Other great things:
1) This is a combo of steel and plastic but the great thing is that it's impossible (for my anyway) to visually tell which is which, the finish is that well done.
2) There are white LED's in the two big fans (200mm) in the front and top of the case. The LED's don't spin so the light is constant. In theory their brightness is tied to the speed of the fan (using the big knob on the top) but since you'll almost certainly leave that knob turned all the way up, it's irrelevant. And I love the look of this case. Because of the mesh front, side and top, the white light escapes in many places and it gives the case in dim light a sort of quiet ominous look (post-industrially menacing, if you will...) that I think is very neat. There's no 'bling' to this case at all, but the affect is quiet, calm, and powerful. Frankly, the case looks far better in person than I thought it would.
3) I love that the side panel allows up to four 120mm fans. I have put two in the two lower positions. I have used five Excalibur fans for this case: 2 on the side, 2 on the CPU cooler, and one to replace the rear exhaust fan that came with the case. One thing to note is that while the big knob on the top allows you to control the speed of up to four fans, Corsair uses pretty weak fans for this case. The two big ones (the 200mm front and top) probably move enough air, as with most of these large fans they turn slowly. But I found that the rear fan is weaker than I like.
COntinuing on the fan topic, I use a Sunbeam fan controller to control the rear fan and the two side fans I added. I got one that has six rotary knobs on it (I've never seen them on amazon, so google) and it fits perfectly into the aesthetic of this case.
One little gotcha: The fans that come with the case have long leads that mate with leads coming from the built-in fan controller. At first it looks like they can't connect since both ends seem to be female. I was working in a relatively dark room and didn't realize that the male connectors had covers to protect them from damage when packing and shipping.
4) The power button is very hard to press accidentally! I hate cases where the power button is light and easy to press and lives right next to the front jacks. In this case, the power and reset buttons are only about 1.5" from the nearest ports, but they are designed so that they are easy to push intentionally but not by accident. They are flush, and require a distinct push, but they don't puch very deeply. Minor thing, but I like it.
5) The side panels are a dream. They have big easy latches at the top. You move the latches and the panel just falls out to be lifted away. Easy to get on and off without being delicate.
1) I seem to be the only person who's written about this (there are loads of reviews for this case on the big enthusiast sale site on the web), but the power supply is at the bottom of the case and there is a grill in the bottom of the case for the air intake for it (with an easy-to-slide-out-the-back-for-cleaning filter). However, there is what seems to me to be very little clearance for air to be sucked into the PSU. I presume it's enough, but it bothered me to the extent that I got little thingies to raise the case about another 1/4" off the floor.
2) There are no fan filters on the side mesh, and after using this for a couple of weeks I could see the dust on the side of the case. I haven't dealt with this yet, but will need to. This is the only place this is an issue, as the front of the case has a filter that's easy to pop off and clean.
3) The optical drives are "tool less" which makes sliding in a DVD drive easy, but it's very hard to screw something in. For instance, I needed to put a hard drive in one of them and I had those typical little $5 thingies that you screw to a 3.5" drive which then has holes for a 5.25" bay. But they really don't work in this. So I will need to buy one of those more elaborate devices that are designed for hot-swappable drives. This is unusual as many cases with tool-less optical bays also allow you to easily use screws.
4) Subtle thing: I'm used to working in big cases, and people talk about how big this case is... well, yes and no. The dimensions seems large and it is truly wide. But while it's spacious for a mid-tower, the height and depth are misleading as there is "overhang" at the back. And on the top, there is at least 3/4" of wasted space between the top fan and the top of the case.
All in all, I love this case. If, however, I really needed the space of a full tower, I think I'd pass on this.