Introducing the Corsair Graphite Series 600T

Today we open with what is hopefully the first in a fresh series of case reviews, and we kick it off with a bang with Corsair's Graphite Series 600T. The 600T is the least expensive in Corsair's lineup, but that doesn't say much when the MSRP is still $159. That pricing puts it right in line with crowd favorites like Antec's P182 and many of Lian Li's enclosures: no small competition. That said, a good case is the kind of investment that can last you a long time.

I've had my system installed in an Antec P182 for a long time, and there's a reason that case (and its successor, the P183) has garnered so many favorable reviews: it has a smart internal design and cools extremely well while being very quiet. That said, the P180, P182 and P183 aren't the easiest cases to work in, and when Corsair announced the 600T I was eager to see if it could bring all the benefits Antec's cases brought to the table while adding more conveniences. Cases have matured in the intervening period, and I can tell you right now, Corsair's 600T is a remarkable bit of progress. Here's the rundown of the case specs.

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro ATX
Drive Bays External 4x 5.25”
Internal 6x 3.5”
Cooling Front 1x 200mm intake
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust
Top 1x 200mm exhaust
Side -
Bottom -
Expansion Slots 8
Front I/O Port 4x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic, 1x 6-pin Firewire, 1x USB 3.0, Fan Controller
Power Supply Size Standard ATX
Weight 28 lbs.
Dimensions 23.3” x 10.4” x 20”
The 600T Externally
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  • kenyee - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    Dustin:
    I noticed you mentioned you used an SSD and then said the case is quiet. Does it quiet down the track seeking noises of hard drives or fan noises of graphics cards? It looks like a very open case for airflow and open generally means you hear everything going on inside the case :-P

    And it doesn't look like the intakes are covered by dust filters as another poster mentioned. Did you ask Corsair why they didn't do that?

    Seems like those are the only things missing except maybe a size comparison w/ your P182 case. This sounds like a great case overall except for the filters and positive air pressure...
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    The removable grates basically fill the role of "dust filters."

    I have four hard disks in there in addition to the SSD along with a Radeon HD 5870. At this point I'd like to mention that reviews have cited the 5870 as being a little loudish, but I've never had a problem with it. The case masks sound very well, and airflow seems good enough - even with the intake fan blowing through four hard drives and the SSD - to keep the 5870 running very cool so the fan never spins up.

    As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I actually tried running two 5870s and there was very little appreciable difference in noise, both at idle and under load.
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  • strikeback03 - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    Maybe I'm blind, but where are the power and reset buttons? They don't appear to be with the ports and fan controller.

    Also, I personally prefer the front panel stuff to be at the top but facing forward not up, as I have a shelf in my desk above the tower area.
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  • ehpexs - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    You guys should do a review of the Fractal Define R3. It would stack up very well to this case. Reply
  • Mephi5to - Friday, January 07, 2011 - link

    Rectal Defiler R3 ? :) Reply
  • C'DaleRider - Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - link

    "They've moved into Solid State Disks, power supplies, enclosures, and even brought their first gaming headset to market just this year. Each entry has met with some success...."

    I laughed so hard when I read "met with some success" that coffee came out my nose.

    Corsair's entry into power supplies was met with a bit more than "some success", and some people credit Corsair for making enthusiast power supplies (high quality assembly, excellent performance) more affordable. Prior to Corsair's entry into power supplies, you had Antec as the everyman units, uninspiring and many times horrid, or PCP&C and Enermax.....both fine power supply lines but both more expensive than need be. Corsair moved the price point down without sacrificing any performance or quality.
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  • Cannyone - Saturday, December 04, 2010 - link

    I bought this case just a few weeks ago. The system I installed in it was an Asus Rampage III Formula with a Core i7 930, and two EVGA GTX-470s in SLI. At first I used a Prolimatech Megahalems cooler, but then switched to a Swiftech H2O-X20 Edge cooler.

    The Swiftech really helped my CPU Temps. But because I connect two displays, the video cards don't down-clock to 2D mode they just drop down to "low power 3D mode". This meant my #1 card was running at just less than 70°C while Idling at the desktop.

    The end result was that the case was neither cool nor quiet.

    I tried to upgrade the fans. But without at least one 120mm fan supplying the GPU area with cool air (from the side panel would be ideal), I doubt this case will be able to work with even 1 high powered Nvidia card. I felt forced to reinstall my system in my old HAF 932 case. :(
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  • KaosFaction - Monday, December 06, 2010 - link

    Did I miss something, or is this basically a reboxing (slight slight changes) of the Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black? Reply
  • gtech50 - Thursday, March 17, 2011 - link

    Quote -"The power supply's cooling is essentially completely cut off from the rest of the system, and there's a vent in the bottom of the case (with a removable filter) for the power supply's fan. This isn't a problem either; the case is built on a raised base that keeps all but the shaggiest of carpeting from clogging up the vent"

    RAISED BASE???? What raised base?

    There is barely 1/8" clearance from the filter to the floor I have cut pile carpeting and it clogs the filter.

    I'm returning the case because of this simple overloooked MAJOR design flaw.
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