Maximum PC Staff Jan 10, 2011

Corsair 600T

A long-awaited mid-tower chassis from the makers of our favorite full-tower

Corsair opted for a more standard airflow scheme for the 600T.

It’s no secret that we really like Corsair’s full-tower case, the 800D. That chassis earned a Kick Ass Award for its no-nonsense exterior, gloriously roomy interior, and its mysterious ability to make every build look fantastic. Of course, it was enormous and cost close to $300. So we had high hopes for the mid-tower 600T: Sure, it’s graphite-colored and clad in (gasp!) curvy plastic, but it’s still Corsair on the inside, right?

All these cable-routing cutouts make the 600T a joy to build in.

The 600T is big for a mid-tower. At 10.4 inches wide by 20 inches high by 23.3 inches deep, it’s the widest case in our lineup. The bowed-out side panels, which latch at the top rather than in the rear, are among the best side panels we’ve ever worked with. There’s plenty of room behind the left-side panel for cable routing, along with lots of convenient extras. Giant CPU backplate cutout? ATX 8-pin cable cutout? Eight grommeted cable-routing cutouts? Yes, yes, and yes.

The Corsair 600T’s intake mesh clicks off for easy cleaning.

Like the 800D, the 600T is an absolute pleasure to build in. Its two three-bay drive cages are both movable—the top one can be moved so it sits between the PSU and bottom drive cage, and the lower drive cage is removable, too. The case easily accommodates a Radeon HD 5970 even without moving the top hard drive cage.

Beneath the top mesh there’s room for a dual radiator, plus a side-panel barrel lock.

The 600T eschews the 800D’s bottom-up cooling scheme in favor of a more straightforward front-to-back strategy with front and top 20cm fans as well as a 12cm rear exhaust fan. There’s plenty of room at the top of the case for a dual radiator or a giant back-mounted cooling loop, such as Corsair’s H70, with its thick radiator and dual fans. The eight PCI-E slots include one that acts as a USB 3.0 pass-through for the front-panel ports.

The Corsair’s lack of a side fan is its only real downside—GPU temperatures were the highest of any in this roundup, though CPU and system temperatures were on the cooler side. Fans of Corsair’s earlier, more squared-off aesthetic may not find glossy graphite-colored plastic and steel to their taste. However, minor quibbles aside, Corsair has created another case that’s a joy to work with, with an aesthetic all its own. And at $160, it’s not breaking the bank.


Corsair 600T
CPU Temp @ 100% burn (C)47.75
CPU Temp @ idle (C) 32
GPU Temp (C) 62
System Temp (C) 35

For our case testing, we use an EV GA 680SLI motherboard, stock-clocked Q6700 with a Thermaltake Contac29 cooler, an Nvidia 8800 GTX (with a Radeon 5970 for size testing), and a Corsair AX850 power supply. We use the case’s stock complement of fans on their highest settings.


Corsair 600T

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