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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  • kevith - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    The review I was thinking of is actually this, from Phoenixlights post earlier:

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/2010/09/23/...

    It is however some very stiff competition the 600T is up against in that review, and the coolest results are achieved with all fans at full speed, which is a bit noisier than I prefer. I use my machine mainly for pre-studio music recording, so although I´m not requiring total silence, a certain upper level of noise is important.

    And since You can run that kind of hardware, my Athlon II X2 and HD 4770 will probably have real good chances of staying both frosty and whispering.

    So I think I will in fact do it. My old Zalman GS1000 is a bit big, has no dust filters, and I´ve really had to tinker to get the noise down.

    And there is nothing like a new affair, is there...?

    Thanks for the reply and all the great articles over the years.
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  • Phoenixlight - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    Just as an alternative the Fractal Design Define R3 is a quieter case with better cooling and is considerably cheaper whilst retaining excelllent cable management. Reply
  • kevith - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    Welll, after checking out reviews - and comparisons - one more time, I can see your point. And one case, that also have given me dreams of love affairs, the Raven RV02, is also considered a better buy in terms of both cooling and noise.

    It really is a jungle out there, and it´s not all that easy being Tarzan with all those Jane´s around

    I still consider the 600T by far the prettiest to my taste, but looks aren´t everything.

    Thanks for the inputs
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  • Phoenixlight - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    Yeah the RV02 is a good case and has been recently upgraded by Silverstone with Air Penetrator 181 fans which cool about 4*C better but it's slightly more expensive now and is a very deep case. Reply
  • King Crimson - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    Fuck Martha Stewart. :-) Reply
  • Conficio - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    I really like the USB ports at the top of a case. My Lian Li 60 has a small flap at teh bottom, which lasted about a year and then broke. Anything put in there is in danger of brakage sooner or later.

    That said, looking at the USB port panel, it is far from ideal:
    * The ports are very close together. It become shard manage multiple USB drives in those ports.
    * Now I have ports but a fan grill and roundes surfaces (if I look at the pictures right). Would it be not much more practical to have a flat surface? Preferrably flat surfaces with an anti skid coating, so that I can place my external hard drive, iPod, Sports GPS, ... right on that surface.
    * Also give me some clips or ties on that top surface (velcro?) so that I can manage the cables (USB in the front and power from the back) right there. Or may be some similar double layer panel with rubber grommets to hide the cables even more.

    Other than that this looks like a great case.
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  • boe - Friday, November 26, 2010 - link

    I love the fact that finally some case makers are making cases for people who have long video cards! I can tell you many of the things I like but there is only one thing that really bugs me about this case. I wish it had an optional mounting for a 120mm fan to improve airlfow are around the slots.

    My video card generates a great deal of heat but so do SSD PCIe cards and sound cards. If you SLI or CF your video cards the cards tend to be tight together making adequate airflow challenging. I'm not saying they need to include a side 120mm fan but it would be nice if I didn't have to take a dremel to a new case just to make it have better airflow for a heavily loaded system.
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  • poohbear - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    really need to buy corsair stocks, this company is so on the ball in every segment they enter, premium stuff that is done so keenly.

    Definitely gonna buy this case, so convenient and user friendly, and gorgeous to boot!
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  • dubyadubya - Saturday, November 27, 2010 - link

    The 600T is a nice case but Corsair fails in one important area as do all other brands as far as I know. Computer cases should have more intake CFM than exhaust CFM. This creates a positive case pressure. In a positive pressure case dust is not pulled though optical drives and every other opening in the case. USB ports, audio ports etc. Easily cleanable low restriction air filters should also be included and engineered into the design of the case. Because no company seems to do it right I tend to by cheap cases and mod the piss out of them to create a positive pressure case myself. Reply
  • hangfirew8 - Monday, November 29, 2010 - link

    I sort of agree, though I shoot for neutral pressure, either way the 600T needs a lot more input area than it, or most any case provides.

    While I agree with deleting the case side fan for the sake of quiet, what we are left with makes no sense at all. Other than CPU, where does most of the heat come from in a big gaming case. The big Video card or cards. Where are all the fans on this case? Up near the CPU, which has more than twice as much exhaust as it needs. The video cards have the front fan sort of blowing on them, through drive cages, and if we flip the P/S fan right-side-up we get to roast the power supply in Video Heat juices.

    Sooner or later SOMEONE will get it right. We need a Rear Exhaust fan near the video cards. Both sound and heat go out the back and away from the user, quietly. That might mean moving the P/S back up top, or just making a taller case.

    In the mean time, people will have to do things that seem to make no sense- like setting all fans to input- because any change is better than what we are getting from our current crop of silent gaming cases, which is to say roasted video cards and power supplies.
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