Corsair is a name more commonly associated with high-performance memory and, more recently, SSD storage. Its first venture into PC cases – the Obsidian 800D – was well received by most reviewers, but wasn’t without its critics. For one, the case was incredibly heavy, tipping the scales at a back-breaking 16kg. It also took some slightly unorthodox cooling decisions – and at over £200, it was in competition with all-aluminium contenders from Lian Li and Silverstone. With the 600T, Corsair has chosen the more affordable but equally competitive £130 price bracket.
With its rounded edges and matt black finish the 600T is an undeniably handsome case. Those who disliked the 800D’s monolithic styling will certainly appreciate the lengths Corsair has gone to make its new creation aesthetically pleasing.
Corsair has made some very appealing design decisions, too. Access to the case’s interior is effortless thanks to the quick-release side panel catches, and the manufacturer has provided a plethora of connectivity in the form of a front-mounted USB 3.0 port, four USB 2.0 ports, a single FireWire and two audio jacks. An eSATA port is an omission some users will miss. There’s also a rheostat dial that allows you to control the speed of all the internal fans. The case sports five front-mounting 5.25in bays, one of which can be converted to a 3.5in bay if required.
That attention to detail continues under the hood, where Corsair has provided a slew of tool-free installation gadgets. Drives are held in slide-out caddies, while optical drives can be snapped into place without a need for screws. There are six hard drive caddies in total, each allowing you to install either a conventional hard disk or a 2.5in SSD. Cable routing options in the 600T are plentiful, with acres of space behind the motherboard tray and strategically placed cut-outs positioned to allow you to bring only the connectors you need into the body of the chassis.
As standard, the 600T comes equipped with twin 200mm LED fans – one at the front and one at the top – as well as a black 120mm exhaust at the back. The top fan can be replaced with a 240mm dual radiator if you fancy fitting a water cooler, but as with most mid-tower cases, space will limit your options for internalising the rest of the necessary components. We found the cooling of the 600T to be extremely effective. It matched other cases we’ve seen recently at this price point, including the larger NZXT Phantom and Cooler Master HAF 932.
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- Tool-free installation, outstanding build quality, superb aesthetics and flexible cooling.
- No eSATA port; relatively pricey.
When taken as a whole, the 600T is difficult to fault. It has the features that enthusiasts have come to expect in a modern high-end chassis and the case's excellent build quality and handsome looks set it apart from the competition. If you're looking for a high-end case to keep your system cool this summer, the 600T is among the finest cases on the market - but at £130, it's still pricier than some of the options available.