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Written by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Case
Closer Look: Graphite 600T Exterior
CC600T Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Graphite 600T Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Corsair CC600T Conclusion

Closer Look: Graphite 600T Interior

Utilizing the large internal volume afforded by a robust frame, the Corsair Graphite 600T delivers high-performance cooling features and numerous cable-routing channels to help system builders construct a system that truly stands apart from the mainstream. In this section, we'll cover the internal layout for the Graphite 600T.

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Corsair includes a variety of pre-cut holes in the motherboard tray with rubber grommets, giving plenty of room behind the motherboard to route cables for an uncluttered interior. When grommets aren't necessary, such as the CPU backplate cutout, the sheet metal edges have been rolled to allow upgrading your CPU heatsink without worry of sharp edges.

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There are also knock-out points above the motherboard to accommodate fan wires and other cables. An oval near the upper-rear corner of the motherboard tray allows system builders to cleanly wire power to the 4-pin P4 or 8-pin EPS motherboard receptacles. There is approximately 3/4" of clearance between the door panel and most portions of the motherboard tray, so thick primary cables will have room to flex and turn.

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Corsair includes eight tool-less drive trays with the Graphite 600T. Each of these plastic trays releases from the cage by squeezing the tabs in towards the middle. Drives are fastened to the tray by using well-placed pins inserted into screw holes, instead of screws.

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Users can remove the top drive cage on the Corsair Graphite 600T case, but the lower cage requires tools in the unlikely event you'd prefer not to have any trays installed. The entire cage system is cooled by a 200mm fan that is illuminated by white LEDs.



 

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# Should be able to install 120/140mm on the front!Alvin 2011-02-20 23:56
Olin, great review! I love that you really installed long GPUs & everything except, of course an ODD(why? does it interfere w/ the 200mm fan @ the top? What if I installed 2x 120mm on top, & an ODD?). Your case reviews should be all done this way, w/ every user seeing how they will use the case.But concerning the 200mm front fan, it should be able to install either 2x 120mm/140mm fans, if the case is used w/ multiple GPUs, to truly aid cooling of the GPUs specially if the top drive cage is removed. Or they should sell a different version of the case w/ a left side panel that a user will able to install 2x 120mm/140mm side fans for the GPU. I think the stock fans are great if the user will just use one GPU, but not w/ multiple GPUs.
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# RE: Should be able to install 120/140mm on the front!Olin Coles 2011-02-22 12:23
That top 200mm fan is set back far enough to give about 1.5-inches of clearance behind the optical drive, so it won't get in the way.
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# nopeJub 2011-03-02 05:25
The front wont take 2x140 as i`ve just measured the space, which is 265mm from bottom to top(just below the drive bays to case bottom).So you should be able to fit 1x120 and 1x140 in there.
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# Thanks Jub!Alvin 2011-03-02 23:54
Great! Thanks Jub! For $160 though, I shouldn't have to mod the case to install both a 120mm & 140mm fans. They could have just listened to consumers to add screw holes for those fans, instead of a 200mm, which doesn't push much straight air to begin with to aid cooling of multi-gpu rigs!
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# RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseHammer Computers 2011-02-21 11:37
I so wish that I grabbed one of these instead of this CM690-II. Can't put a 360 rad in a CM690-II
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# It's impressiveRealNeil 2011-02-21 18:17
This case has it on looks alone. The fact that it cools well is an afterthought,....Ha-Ha! I found it for $131.00 online too.
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# RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseServando Silva 2011-02-21 18:36
I love this case. Especially the White Edition with a windowed panel. It looks like a killer combo for a mid-size PC Case.
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# RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseNotso 2011-02-21 18:51
Essentially what we have here is an updated version of the Cooler Master Storm Sniper minus the third 200mm fan and the top reinforced carry handles.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseHammer Computers 2011-02-21 19:31
I've seem both this case and the Sniper in action at out local LAN party. This thing is miles above the sniper in terms of quality!
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# Storm Sniper not even closeMergatroid 2011-09-13 09:48
If you'd ever seen those two cases in person you wouldn't say that. This case is in an entirely different class from the Storm Sniper.
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# I Build Rigs For A Living!Notso 2011-09-13 13:22
I have built three gaming rigs using the Storm Sniper (Black) and two using the Corsair Graphite 600T. As far as quality of construction there is little difference. The only thing I can rate the corsair higher on is the size of the back panel cutout for mounting CPU aftermarket coolers. The additional expansion slot I find to be a non issue. The scaling factor for three video cards is 16X, 8X, 8X. This makes adding a third video card for triple SLI/Cross Fire a waste of money. The major item I rate the Storm Sniper with a huge advantage is case cooling. With three adjustable 200mm fans (blue not a garish white) the interior temperature in the Storm Sniper, using identical configurations, is five degrees Celsius cooler with the fans adjusted to mid range. At this setting the noise profile for both cases is the same.
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# Me too....for 20 yearsMergatroid 2011-09-13 17:13
You mention two things that make the 600T better in your own comment. There are more, such as the painted interior, better cable management system, additional expansion slot which is an issue for some people, as is the CPU cutout (I've seen people have to remove a mobo for a cooler even though they have a big cutout, something that will never happen with the 600T). The 600T is a modders delight. Of course, with the mesh side panel installed (which comes stock with the white version and is available as an option on the graphite version) the cooling with 4 mounted 120mm fans is as good as any other case. On top of this the extra hidden area at the top of the case for housing more fans is a great addition. Using that area I have managed to mod the case to accept an H100 using four fans in push/pull, completely inside the case. As I said, these are two different classes of case. Go read this: ##tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way-scaling,2865.html
before you tell us tri-fire is a waste of money.
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# RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Caseehume 2011-02-21 19:20
Thanks again for a fine review. The element that jumps out at me is the generous window in the mb try for cpu access.

Thanks for giving us a feel for how much space there is behind the mb. With a curvy side panel, your approximating was most appropriate.

I tend to like top intake rather than top exhaust. Can the 200mm fan be mounted far enough forward to mostly clear a big tower cooler like the D14?

As usual, great work.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseOlin Coles 2011-02-22 12:21
The top 200mm fan cannot be repositioned forward or back, as the 'ceiling' is molded to fit just one location.
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# Fan ControllerHammer Computers 2011-02-21 19:34
Any idea of how many watts the fan controller can handle?
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# RE: Fan ControllerOlin Coles 2011-02-22 12:20
Corsair does not provide specification on this, but I'm sure that it can handle most case fans designed with three-pin connections.
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# RE: RE: Fan ControllerHammer Computers 2011-02-22 18:00
What about putting all the fan in parallel or series? That's my main concern. I know some of my customers would like to have that kind of feature without it costing a boat load just to be able to control all their fans with just one knob.
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# RE: RE: RE: Fan ControllerOlin Coles 2011-02-22 18:11
That would require some fan cable extensions, because I don't think that anything other than the two 200mm will reach. My best advice is try this out for yourself.
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# White Special editionRobert Johnson 2011-02-21 23:21
I have the white special edition on pre-order right now and hope it will be in stock in the next few weeks or days.

For any questions about case specifics post them in the Corsair forums and hopefully Corsair_George can answer them. I do have some good news by the way. Corsair_George is working on an accessory side window cover for the black model.
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# RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseTom 2011-02-22 09:22
I have the large Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Powersupply. Would this fit in there? Looks like it would be a tight fit.
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# RE: RE: Corsair Graphite 600T Computer CaseOlin Coles 2011-02-22 12:19
It has plenty of room, because the AX1200 pictured in the 'Detailed Interior Features' section looks like it has enough room to fit another PSU right beside it.
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# Good reviewMergatroid 2011-09-13 10:01
Just a couple of notes. This is a medium flow case at best and cannot compete with the best air flow cases. The fan controller is not very good, but just adequate for up to four fans. A separate side panel is available that comes with both a window and a mesh so you can either have a nice window or a mesh that can mount up to 4 120mm fans. A new version comes with a windowed side panel and the white SE version comes with windowed panel and an optional mesh for mounting fans. Note the 200mm fans are meant to reduce noise level, which is why they did not include 120 or 140mm mounting holes at the front, although you can mount 2 x 120mm at the top between the two sets of mesh. Reviewer did not mention the top mesh can be removed by simply pressing on it, and under it is room for 2 120mm fans or a dual 120mm rad. If the 200mm fan is removed, a rad can be mounted inside with two 120mm fan mounted in the top space between the two sets of mesh. The drive cages can also be mounted just in front of the psu to allow better air flow from the front 200mm fan. Side panels are convex allowing large CPU coolers on the left side and lots of space for cable management on the right side. This is a very large mid tower and many people complain they did not realize how large it is and it will not fit in their computer space. Check your measurements before purchase. All in all a great case and I'm glad I bought one. For awesome builds using this case check out overclocker.net and look into the graphite series thread/club.
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