by Ryan Perry on June 1, 2011 in Mid-Tower
After being left so impressed with Corsair’s Obsidian 650D chassis last month, we couldn’t wait to take the company’s Special Edition White Graphite 600T for a spin to see if it could match or surpass our expectations. Though similar in design to the original, the SE White has a couple of upgrades, and a whole new aesthetic appeal.
All of the plastic accents can be removed with the exception of the stand. There are white tabs that can be pushed in from inside the case that allow the accents to release but the stand has one way push pins. Seeing how neither obstructs the view of the interior I chose to leave them on.
Starting at the lower front end is the hard drive cage. The cage is broken up into two sections, each capable of holding up to three 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives on plastic trays. These trays slide in and out of the cage by squeezing in on the tabs at the front. 3.5″ drives can be installed without tools by snapping the drive into the trays to be held in place by metal pegs surrounded by rubber to help absorb any vibration. Installing 2.5″ drives will require tools since they secure through the bottom of the tray with screws.
Should extra air flow or extra clearance for a long video card be needed, the top half of the drive cage can be mounted in an alternate position on the bottom of the case or removed entirely. Just remove two thumbscrews from the left side of the cage, slide the cage out, slide it into the other position and tighten it down.
Above the hard drive cage are the tool-less locking mechanisms for the 5.25″ bays. Slide a drive in and that’s it. The mechanism will catch and keep the drive securely in place. To remove the drive, press in on the tab at the front and the lock will disengage allowing the drive to be pulled free.
The bottom of the case sports the mounting points for the top half of the hard drive cage and the opening for the power supply behind it. At the front of the power supply vent is a movable bracket that can be resized and is used to keep the unit lifted up off the case floor. This bracket negates any vertical or horizontal motion when the case is transported. Like everything else in this case, it can be moved without any tools thanks to two more thumbscrews.
As is the case with all Corsair offerings, the motherboard tray features a ton of cable management areas with pre-installed grommets to keep the interior looking clean. All power and data cables can be hidden by these thanks to Corsair taking into account where the cables will be run regardless of the form factor of the motherboard.
The open rectangular area next to the hard drive cage is for running power and data cables when the top half of the cage is mounted in the alternate position. Up towards the top of the tray is a large cutout to help with CPU coolers that feature back plates and up in the top left corner is a final cable management area to route the 12V power connector.
There isn’t much more to show on the very back panel of the interior that couldn’t be seen from the outside with the exception of the thumbscrews for securing any expansion cards in place and the top PCI slot cover having a small notch cut out of it. This notch allows for the USB 3.0 cable to run through one of the PCI slots to the motherboard I/O in order to provide connectivity for the top port.
At the top of the same shot is the 200mm fan and on the right side, the connectors for the fans. Each connector has a plastic cover to ensure the pins remain straight until the time comes to connect them to the controller.
The hardware included with the 600T is comprehensive to say the least. Starting at the top left and moving down are additional screws for installing extra fans if the window is swapped out in favour of the mesh insert on the left side panel, screws for securing the motherboard and 3.5″ drives, screws for securing 2.5″ drives in place and two keys for the top lock.
In the middle are the quick start guide and a product brochure that showcases some of Corsair’s other products. On the far right are rubber washers to help absorb vibrations from any extra fans installed in the top of the case by the user, more screws for installing the motherboard or securing 3.5″ drives and some zip ties to help with cable management.
Seeing how the interior is essentially the same as the 650D, I expect the build to go much the same way, however this time around we are using our case testing system so there may be a few twists and turns.