Corsair shows upcoming cheaper case


— 8:58 AM on June 1, 2010

COMPUTEX — Corsair's Obsidian 800D enclosure has many virtues, but low cost isn't one of them: the thing sells for $270. The trimmed-down 700D model is similarly pricey at $240. Thankfully for the less affluent, Corsair is prepping a cheaper enclosure with many of the same perks.

Scheduled to arrive during the back-to-school season for $149, the Graphite 600T has a much tighter form factor than its Obsidian siblings; Corsair actually bills it as "mid-tower outside, full-tower inside." If you look at our photos in the image gallery below, you may recognize the trademark cable management system with rubber-lined holes around the motherboard tray, the abundance of drive bays, and the beefy cooling. Corsair includes two 200-mm fans at the front and top, plus a lone 120-mm fan at the back. Fan speeds can be controlled via a knob at the top. (Said knob will sit next to some USB 3.0 ports, by the way.)

Because it's smaller, the Graphite 600T should make a better LAN party candidate than the Obsidian 800D. Corsair has included a lock that keeps the side panels shut, and it's designed case to be picked up from those lips just above the 5.25" bays. For extreme gamers, one of the hard drive cages can be relocated from just behind the front panel to right next to the power supply, leaving room for extra-long graphics cards.

Incidentally, that PSU you see in the bottom compartment is part of Corsair's new AX family of 80 Plus Gold-certified units. Corsair says these units are the quietest it has ever offered, and it claims to have partnered with a company that makes server components to get the power efficiency within 80 Plus Gold's 87-90% range. The AX models on display here include the 1200W pictured above and a 750W offering.

   
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