It was at last year’s Computex that Corsair unveiled its highly-awarded 800D Obsidian chassis and H50 liquid CPU cooler, so I looked forward to meeting with the company again this year to see what products it was going to pull out of its hat. Fortunately, there are many to talk about.
For the sake of space, we’ll talk only about one product at a time, beginning with the Graphite 600T chassis. As you’d imagine given the success of the 800D, Corsair has pushed its chassis line forward, and with the 600T, it will be catering to the $150 price-point. From what I’ve seen, that’s going to be a very attractive price-point.
As a whole, the 600T isn’t nearly as clean in design as the 800D, as it’s catered more towards the typical gamer who generally shy away from that kind of design. Rather, this chassis is a little more “bubbly” with more curves and rounded edges. Carried over from the 800D are many features such as the slick cable hiding system (where rubber guards of sorts really help you keep wires neat), dust filters in multiple places, and two huge 220mm fans.
Corsair developed the 600T from the perspective that it should handle only ATX motherboards, but still deliver ample enough space to those working inside of them. With the chassis in its stock configuration, it will support even the largest graphics cards currently on the market, and if by some sort of twisted fate GPUs continue to grow in length, the chassis will still support it, thanks to a movable HDD bay (it can be moved next to the PSU).
At the top of the chassis is a grated design that can be pushed down and raised up to remove. Under there is access to the 220mm fan, but if you want, you’ll be able to remove that fan and replace it with a dual-rad. With one of those installed, along with 2x 120mm fans, you’ll still be able to put the top back on. In that configuration, the rad would essentially be nearly hidden.
Although not a LAN case, per se, the 600T has a sturdy design and allows you to carry it around without worry of it falling apart as you do so. You can grab under the front and back top areas, and as it’s all streamlined to the rest of the chassis, you won’t have to worry about a top panel simply giving way. This is a nice perk, as I’ve had issues with chassis in the past where I felt it was going to simply let go if I held it like that.
Interestingly enough, Corsair also mentioned that with its top peripheral panel, the USB port will support the 3.0 standard. Of course, no motherboard currently on the market includes a USB 3.0 header on the motherboard, but it’s nice to know that for the future, this chassis will already be prepared for when that happens. In the meantime, you could of course use it as a 2.0 port.
Overall, I walked away very impressed with the 600T, and at $150, it seems to me that it’s going to do very well in the marketplace. It’s a chassis that simply explodes with creative features and design and looks to be well worth the price of admission.