Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower PC Case ReviewWed, Sep 15, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Corsair says right on the box for the Graphite 600T, “Brilliant design, inside and out” and I pretty much have to agree. I’m looking at the Graphite 600T like it is the Obsidian 700D and 800D‘s sexy sister in the little black dress and curves in all the right places. It just looks great, tons of room and super easy to work with. The paint and finish of the Graphite 600T has a great look to it, and it resisted finger prints rather well. Also being able to lift and maneuver the Graphite 600T by the lips on the front and rear bezels is nice. It’s a natural grabbing point and the bezels are strong so no worries of ripping one off the chassis.
The configurable drive cages are nice as they allow the end user to arrange the inside as they need or remove unnecessary weight. I think the water cooling crowd may like the classy looks and ample room of the Graphite 600T as well. In removing one of the hard drive cages and moving the lower cage back, that opens up the whole front of the case for a radiator and pump. It might take a little work, but it can be done.
The side panels are very simple and easy to take on and off. The paddle latches feel solid and work smoothly. If on some chance one does get broken they look to be easily replaceable. The lack of a window may be a down side to some, but the overall look without one is very nice. With the side panel being clear both inside and out, putting in a window shouldn’t be hard.
The fans for the Graphite 600T are very quiet and feel like they are moving a fair amount of air. The white LED was a nice change up from the norm of the red/blue LED fans that most cases are sporting these days. The 4 port fan controller was also a nice touch. I was able to wire all the case fans and the CPU cooler fans to the controller. Having the whole case wired to one knob was convenient; as cooling needs changed I just reached over and turned the knob. Only thing they could have added to it was the ability to turn the LEDs off, because there are sometimes the end user may want to have the system on, but lights off.
Like the Obsidian 700D and 800D the Graphite 600T cable management is extremely easy. The ample space behind the tray was enough to hide all the extra wires from my non-modular power supply. The grommets for the wire routing holes stayed in place and I never had one pull away from the motherboard tray. I cannot say I truly like the way the USB3 cable is routed, but there isn’t much room at the top of the case for a hole to run it through.
The issue with the bottom panel was a little concerning, but the rest of the case is real solid. The bottom panel is a little on the thin side and has a fair amount of holes in it for the drive cage locations and the forward PSU support. I also did not notice it until I moved the PSU support back to match my short body PSU. With a long body PSU this may not happen. Unless you find yourself obsessively pushing on the bottom panel just in front of the PSU then you may never notice it.
Overall Corsair’s new Graphite series 600T could give some full towers a run for their money. Coming in at $160 plus shipping the Graphite 600T could be a very nice option for those that don’t care for the overly aggressive look of cases like the Cooler Master HAF series or the block like styling from Corsair’s own Obsidian series.
Legit Bottom Line: Corsair’s new Graphite series is a off to a great start with the Graphite 600T; for $160 you get a classy mid-tower with the room and features of a full tower.