Hands-on with Corsair's new Graphite 600T caseComputex 2010:
Corsair’s Obsidian 800D
case was something of a behemoth, huge in size and costly in price.
In Taipei we had the chance to get a good look at the company’s new midi-tower, the Graphite 600T and it’s shaping up very nicely indeed.
One aspect of design it shares with the 800D is a sense of scale; while it’s definitely smaller, Corsair has still aimed to keep the interior roomy. It’s wider than many cases, with more space behind the motherboard for hiding PSU cables than is usual and more than enough room for long graphics cards.
As you can see from the picture below, Corsair had fitted a Radeon HD 5970 to its demonstration 600T, but the fact you can move one of the hard disk bay cages frees up room for even longer cards.
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Should Nvidia ever pull the trigger on an official dual GeForce GTX 480 graphics card, you know where to come for a case to house it. Officially, Corsair is claiming that the case can take graphics cards up to 15in long.
The 600T has a 200mm fan at the front – moving the hard disk bay makes it easier to see, and we’ll be interested to see if it has a positive impact on airflow and cooling when we test the case. There’s a 120mm exhaust fan at the back, and a second 200mm fan in the roof. While the case is primarily aimed at air cooled PCs, the designers have thoughtfully designed the top of the case so you can mount a dual 120mm-fan radiator there.
The front fan has an easy to remove dust guard, as does the intake for the PSU’s fan in the base of the case, both thoughtful inclusions. There’s a fan controller speed dial at the front too, and while this version of the 600T features an e-SATA port, we were told this will be switched for a USB 3 port in the production version.
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As you’d expect, there’s a cut-out in the motherboard tray to make changing the cooler easier, and there are additional cut-outs for hiding cables out of the way. As with the 800D, Corsair fits rubber grommets to these holes.
According to Corsair, the 600T on show at Computex wasn’t final in terms of build quality, but we were still impressed by the fit and finish of the case, as well as the overall design. While we’re going to wait until we have time to test the case back in the bit-tech
lab, it’s certainly a product we’re going to look out for.