Cosair Graphite 600T Mid Tower Case
Corsair has been around for many years and in the last few years has started to branch out into areas other than memory. Now Corsair has a range of components including memory, SSD hard drives, power supplies, water and air cooling kits and even cases. The first step into the case market was with the Obsidian series 800D full tower. They followed up with the Obsidian 700D full tower this year.
Both the Obsidian 800D and 700D are very nice cases but don’t fit well with most users as they are large, full towers and have a “boxy” look that some find unappealing. Corsair now has a mid-tower Graphite series, and the first case in the series is the 600T. With the new series comes a new look. The Graphite series 600T is much sleeker looking than the monolithic 700D and 800D from the Obsidian series. The biggest changes are the rounded corners and mesh front and top vents.
We first got a good look at the Graphite 600T back in May of this year at Computex. In the video above we got an overview of the 600T prototype from Corsair's John Beekly and we have been eagerly waiting for its arrival since. Now we have one of the production cases and can really get up close and personal with it.
The Graphite 600T comes with a single 120mm rear exhaust and two 200mm white LED fans for the front intake and top exhaust. This is the first case I have looked at that comes with white LED fans. Typically, LED case fans are either blue or red; white is not a norm and it will be interesting to see how bright the light from the LEDs will be. The Graphite 600T also has a fan control knob on the front I/O panel that can control up to four fans.
Internally, Corsair wanted to incorporate some of the build features from the Obsidian series cases aiming for a mid-tower with full tower features. The Graphite 600T has 8 expansion slots, four external 5.25” bays and up to six hard drive bays that can handle either a 2.5” or 3.5” drive. The Graphite 600T can also accommodate long graphics cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 400 series cards. Corsair also made design allowances for a top mounted 240mm radiator for the users that want water cooling.
To get all that in a mid tower Corsair made the 600T a little deeper than your run of the mill mid-tower case. At 23.3 inches it is 5 inches deeper than the 18 inch average that most mid-towers have. Although, Corsair is not alone with the large depth. Cooler Master's HAF 922 is 22.2 inches deep. The height of the Graphite 600T is not too far off the average at 20 inches; that is 4 inches shorter than the Obsidian series cases. So, if you were avoiding the Obsidian cases due to their height then you may want to read on to see what the Graphite 600T has to offer. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Specifications for the Corsair Graphite 600T Mid Tower
- Dimensions: 20" (H) x 23.3" (L) x 10.4" (W) - (507mm x 592mm x 265mm)
- Material: Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces
- Color: Graphite Grey and Black
- Model: CC600T
- Drive Bays:
- External: (x4) 5.25"
- Internal: (x6) 3.5"/2.5" Drive Caddies
- (x2) 200mm Fans w/White LEDs
- (x1) 120mm Fan
Packing for the Graphite 600T
The Corsair Graphite 600T comes in a nice sturdy box. The box art is on the blah side for what we typically see from Corsair, but it gets the job done and most likely at a lower cost.
On the back side of box there is a very nice exploded diagram view of the case along with a listing of the Graphite 600T’s features.
On the end caps are the specifications list and another image of the case internals.
The box took a good hit in shipping. This is the worst of the holes; got to love UPS.
The Graphite 600T comes wrapped in a cheese cloth type material and Styrofoam end caps.
Out of the wrapping we can see that the removable vent covers were taped into place to keep them from coming loose in shipping.
All the polished plastic parts were covered with a protective film as well. The film pulled of cleanly and easily.
The accessories come packed in little baggies packed inside a larger baggie.
External Impressions of the Corsair Graphite 600T
With the Graphite 600T out of the box and packing materials removed we can finally get a good look at it. The Graphite 600T has a nice smooth, classy look to it. The whole front and better part of the top are mesh for intake and ventilation. At the very top of the front are the 4 external 5.25” bays. The paint on the case is very nice. It’s a dark gray with a light metal flake to it. I was surprised at how well the finish resisted finger prints.
There are some solid black accent areas that are not painted along the sides and around the front mesh intake. The front and rear bezels wrap around the case edges. This is different than normal, but the strength is very nice. You can pick the case up by grabbing the top edges of the front and rear bezels.
At the bottom of the front is the access panel to the front 200mm intake fan and filter. To open it just push on the top edge to release it and tilt it away from the case.
The panel has a screen dust filter. With the plastic frame and the metal mesh the panel should resist bending fairly well.
Behind the panel is the front 200mm white LED intake fan. Yup, that’s right, white. In a very nice change of pace Corsair went white rather than red or blue that pretty much every off-the-shelf case has.
On the top of the Graphite 600T there is another removable vent cover. By pressing on the back edge of the panel it will pop up to be removed.
Under the panel is the top 200mm white LED exhaust fan. The fan can be replaced with two 120mm fans or a 2x120mm radiator. The radiator can be placed internally while the 120mm fans would be external between the case top and vent cover. In the forward right corner Corsair placed a hole through which the fan power cables can be run into the case.
Looking closer at the front left corner we can see a side panel lock. This will lock the left side panel. If you look closely at the fan mounting screw above the lock you can see there are individual rubber isolators for each of the fan mounting screws.
At the very front of the top are the front I/O ports, fan controller knob, power and reset switches. There are four USB2.0 ports, one USB3.0 port, one IEE1394 and the audio ports. The fan controller can control the speed of up to 4 fans. The LEDs cannot be shut off, however.
External Impressions Contiuned
Looking at the Graphite 600T from the side it’s hard to tell at a glance which side you are looking at as they are the same. Now, you might be thinking to yourself that the case looks awfully deep. Well, it is. Coming in at 23.3 inches it’s a full 5 inches deeper than most run of the mill mid-tower cases, only 1 inch deeper than the Cooler Master HAF 922 and 4 inches deeper then the new Cooler Master HAF 912.
The side panels use two paddle latches. The latches are sturdy and feel solid.
Moving around to the rear of the case we can see the Graphite 600T has a rear 120mm exhaust fan, 8 expansion slots, 2 water cooling tube pass though holes, and a bottom mounted power supply.
Like the front and top 200mm fans the rear 120mm fan has the rubber isolators as well.
The Graphite 600T has 8 expansion slots; 7 of them have vented slot covers and the 8th has a solid cover with a notch cut in it for the USB3 cable to pass through.
At the bottom of the Graphite 600T is the power supply mounting area. The PSU has a lower vent with a screen. The screen can be removed from the rear of the case for cleaning.
Looking at the bottom of the case we can see the Graphite 600T has four large feet.
The case feet are large rubber pads glued to the side rails. These have a fair bit of grip to them. I found myself having to pick the case up to turn it on my workbench. So, the chances of the Graphite 600T sliding around on you is very slim.
Moving Inside the Corsair Graphite 600T
To gain access to the inside you have to tilt the side panel away from the case.
The side panel itself is somewhat stiff, and with nothing in the way a window could very easily be put in.
As I said earlier the side panel latches are beefy. With the way the latches are put in it looks like they could be replaced with ease if you did happen to break one.
With the side panel off we can get a good look at the inside of the Graphite 600T. The space is almost cavernous for a midtower. The motherboard tray has a very large CPU cutout and multiple wire routing holes with grommets. In the upper front are the four tool-less 5.25” drive bays. Just below is the 2.5” or 3.5” drive cages. There are two cages that can be reconfigured to suit your needs.
The cages can be split to allow more room if you need it. The drive cages can be completely removed as well.
Each of the hard drive trays can accommodate either a 2.5” or 3.5” hard drive. The trays are tool-less for the 3.5” drives; the 2.5” drives mount with provided hardware to the bottom of the tray.
Looking up at the top we can see the top 200mm white LED exhaust fan and the side panel locking bar. The top vent can also accommodate two 120mm fans or a 2x120mm radiator. The radiator will mount internally; the fans would mount externally between the case and the vent screen. Depending on the thickness of your radiator and your motherboard you may have enough room to have the fans internally as well.
In the bottom rear is the power supply mounting area. The Graphite 600T does not have any rubber isolators here. There are raised pads that the PSU can sit on. The front is even adjustable to match the length of your PSU.
Moving around to the right side of the Graphite 600T we get a look at the back of the motherboard tray. The tray has several places to tire wires up. The space between the motherboard tray and the side panel is ample as well.
Something that stood out to me as I was looking at the front panel wires was the 4 port fan controller wires come with empty 3 pin female plugs to protect the pins on the male connector for the fan controller. In past cases I have reviewed that come with a fan controller they all had a socket type 3 pin connector that would protect the pins. Since Corsair went with this style of connector it's nice someone had the foresight to protect the pins.
I then took the front bezel off. I did this for two reasons: one, to see what was behind it. Second was to see how the bezel itself was made and why it I could pick up the Graphite 600T by the front and rear bezels and not rip them off the case.
The front bezel is quiet beefy, and it’s in a ‘C’ shape so it wraps around the case with tabs snapping into the front, top, and bottom. It was a touch harder to remove than a normal case bezel, but the way Corsair has designed the Graphite 600T you shouldn’t ever need to pull the bezel off.
Even the front fan is in a tool-less mount that can be removed from inside the case. Simply pull the drive cages out, release the fan, and tilt it inward.
Installing parts into the corsair Graphite 600T
The Corsair Graphite 600T comes with all that is needed to mount your parts. The accessories include wire ties, extra rubber fan isolators, screws for motherboard and 2.5” hard drives, and a set of keys.
Installing parts into the Graphite 600T was stupid easy for a mid tower. Even with all my parts in the case there is still a ton of room left. I have seen full towers with less space left.
The front power supply support was easily adjusted and holds the power supply rather well. So much so that even after removing the PSU mounting screws I had to remove the front support as well to get the PSU back out of the case. At this point is when I noticed that the bottom panel of the Graphite 600T was not as stiff as I expected it to be. If you push on the bottom panel just in front of the PSU there is a slight tin can effect. You don’t notice it unless you push in that spot, but it does do it. So far this is the only flaw I have found with the case. Even then, how often will you push dead center on the bottom panel just in front of the PSU?
There was more than enough room behind the motherboard tray of the Graphite 600T. I was able to hide all the extra wires from my power supply behind the tray.
The CPU cut out cleared the backing plate with ease and then some.
With the system fired up I took a quick shot of the system in the semi-dark room and the side panel off.
I then took rearranged the drive cages. I removed the top cage, and moved the bottom cage closer to the power supply. The white LED lighting is a real nice change of pace. Shame there isn’t a window; the white light really shows off the hardware well.
Looking from the outside in the dark the case has a nice glow to it. The screen dust filters cut down how much of the white light is getting out. Without the screens it would be way brighter, and with them it has a nice glow to it.
Keeping the white theme going the power and hard drive activity LEDs are white as well. Catching the hard drive LED at its brightest was difficult, but it is not any brighter than the power LED.
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.