Installation and Cable Routing

I love my Antec P182, but working in that case proved to be a very special kind of hell. If you have a graphics card as long as the Radeon HD 5870 or longer, you pretty much have to remove the top drive cage, which means you're stuck using the bottom cage, which orients the drives in the worst way possible. I have small hands and it was still a nightmare to cable up and install drives. God help me when I have to replace a drive.

The 600T, on the other hand, was freakishly easy to get everything set up in. It helps to have a power supply with modular cabling (and if you're considering spending $160 on a case, you may want to go ahead and step that up too) because it allows you to do the installation in steps.

My first step was installing the motherboard. I already had the heatsink (a Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283) mounted to the board, and popping the I/O shield and then motherboard in proved reasonably easy. Corsair provides enough space above the motherboard proper to route cables, but you can also install a liquid cooling system with dual 120mm fans on the radiator if you are so inclined. Suffice it to say, getting the 8-pin auxiliary power cable routed behind the board and plugged in was about as easy as I could ask.

From there, everything else was just as simple. Pop out two drive panels and slide the optical drives in, and they snap and lock into place. Installing the hard drives was also easy, although if you have a 2.5" SSD like I did you'll have to futz around with trying to pop one of the pins out of the drive tray to get it installed. Installing the SSD was probably the most confused I got during the entire operation; Corsair doesn't include very useful instructions with the case and while most of it is self-explanatory, documentation that's a little more thorough wouldn't hurt.

Where I did run into trouble was in routing cables. While they do route to the back of the tray very nicely and easily, that whole region is going to turn into spaghetti in short order. Corsair includes zip ties, but they aren't reusable like the ties in the back of the P182's tray are. As usual the most egregious offender is the main power cable from the power supply. Unfortunately, while the side panels are flexible and designed to bow a little bit to give you some breathing room, this means that they bow out at the bottom corners when cables are cramped in the back. I imagine a cleaner cabling job could probably be done to alleviate this, but nonetheless just a touch more space in the back really wouldn't have hurt this case.

Inside the 600T Thermal and Noise Testing
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  • philosofa - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    Of my the two front USB 2.0 ports on my TJ11 I have one permanently fitted with the 2.4GHz transceiver for my secondary mouse, the other is generally occupied by my gaming USB soundcard/headset (less clumsy than a rear panel connector). I also use have an apple cable permanently plugged into one of the two side USB ports on my 2443BW monitor.

    Most people wouldn't use five SUB ports, but it could be of use to a few, so given the plethora of USB headers on modern motherboards it makes sense to make use of them and put a decent number there.

    Whilst I do still think that Corsair have done well to actually include USB 3.0, and think a single USB 3.0 port will suffice for a while, I do agree that it would be ideal to have more than one; I *think* that a single header supports two USB 3.0 ports by default, so I agree with you that there would be no real reason not to have a second one there along with a pair of USB 2.0 ports (or even four as they're cheap, there's space and a lot of people won't have any USB 3.0 headers at all yet).

    @ The_Assimilator - agreed but bearing in mind that the majority of P67 boards seem to have USB 3.0 headers, with Bulldozer's boards presumably following suit and that the case is going to be out a while and Lightpeak not yet being available, it makes a lot of sense to support USB 3.0. I know I'll be looking for at least one front panel connector in my next case.
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  • Affectionate-Bed-980 - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    You mention the P182/P183. Many people love this case, and clearly the 600T is targetted against the P18x cases. If you came from that case, you should at least include sound comparison? Temp comparison? Reply
  • Jedi2155 - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    I feel this is targeted more towards the Cooler Master Cosmos / Cosmos S series than the P180/182. It should be a comparison towards that chassis Reply
  • WestHej - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    This case was also reviewed by bit-tech but oddly they barely make any mention of its noise characteristics only noting that it "suppresses more of the noise of your PC" due to not having a side mountable fan. In fact they rate the 600T far below Anandtech's rating due to "mediocre" cooling.

    Since this review does mention the impressive noise characteristics and the P182/3 it would indeed be very nice if a comparison to those cases are made as well as other noise-reducing cases. For me I'd love Anandtech to review the Fractal Design Define R3 case as it scored very highly at bit-tech. I wonder what other cases are in the review pipeline at Anandtech.
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  • mtoma - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    We all see the trend in computer case design: bottom-mounted power supply and top-mounted connections (USB, audio, eSATA, etc). I agree with the former trend, but I do not with the latter. Dustin said that most users keep their cases on the floor, and therefore it is better that the connections and the start button are on top of the case.
    My question is: WHY on Earth would somebody keep their expensive, beautiful and long-lasting computer case on the floor? To collect dust? To collect field-mice? To collect leg-pounding? To collect fingers from the small children? To collect pounding from the vacuum-cleaner? I don't get it. And don't tell me that crap that you do not have the room on top of your desk. Buy one! It's much cheaper than 159 USD...
    From that perspective, Antec P183 it's a classic one, and a good one. It also has better internal layout than P182. And, regerding it's horrible default fans, who cares? Always you can mount a nice Nexus fan, or Noctua, or Enermax.
    Regards,
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  • jabber - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    \If you keep your house clean and dusted then dust isnt such a problem. When I customer gives me their PC to serv ice I can tell the state of their home by how dusty the inside of their PC is.

    A little dust - Clean tify home.

    Major dust - Hell Hole.

    Works every time.

    Plus you just look where the vacuum cleaner goes when hoovering. Not hard, do it yourself instead of your mum if you are worried.

    As for the mice etc. then you have problems matey.

    The floor is a perfect place for leviathan PCs. The floor is what you make it.
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  • mtoma - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    True, a clean house alleviates some problems. And true, a big case it's not fitting if you have 2 or more monitors on top. And, if the case is about 60 cm in height, it is easier to keept it on the floor. I agree.
    But, the rest of the problems remain: young kids, pounding feet. And, maybe I'm touchy, but if the PC case is on the floor, I feel that it is almost hidden from sight, an almost it's fading into the obscurity like the other 30 USD cases. Maybe I have a hard time putting on the floor 159 USD. It does'nt feel right, somehow.
    And, if the PC case is silent, it would not bother nobody on top of the desk..
    Anway, this Corsair seems e gamer case, silent, modern, efficient. Because I am not a gamer and I enjoy more silence in a computer, this case it's not for me (I would like some HDD silicone pads/screws).
    Regards,
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  • killerclick - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    Sounds like some overactive little bastards have to die. Or chop off one of their legs, they can't kick anything when they're hopping on one leg. Reply
  • killerclick - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    I keep my case on the floor because that's where it's supposed to be. I can't have the case on my desk when I have two screens, keyboard, mouse, cellphone, cordless phone, satellite speakers, joystick, coffee, remote for the AC, remote for the TV and a clear view to the said TV.
    And a new desk is cheap but a larger desk would require a larger space which would require a larger apartment. All that to have the pleasuse of a featureless gray metal box obstructing my view.
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  • Folterknecht - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    A good review as most on this site, but I had to look somewhere else to find the "right" dimensions ot this case. I know this is an english/american website and you people have "funny" units of measurement but it can't be to hard to include the international standart - meter (mm fits better for reviewing cases):

    Dimensions

    20" (H) x 23.3" (L) x 10.4" (W) - (507mm x 592mm x 265mm)

    (from corsairs product page)
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