Popping off those side panels
External fit and finish matter, no doubt about it, but internals make or break an enclosure like this one. If you're shelling out $160 for a case, chances are you're expecting a smooth, hassle-free building experience, not to mention easy upgrades down the road. Not cutting yourself on jagged edges is always a plus, as well.
Prying away the 600T's left panel reveals a surprisingly roomy interior, which leaves a ton of space around the motherboard area. The power supply goes at the bottom of the case, just like in the 800D, but there are no compartments to separate the PSU from the rest of the system. Normally, the power supply should suck in air from the bottom vent and blow it out the back of the system, so its impact on overall system temperatures shouldn't be too significant.
Corsair pre-mounts the motherboard standoffs, so if you're in a hurry, you can toss in a mobo and get started right away. Another thoughtful touch: one of the central standoffs has a little stud that goes through the matching screw hole on the motherboard, holding said board steady so you can easily get the rest of the screws in. As dirty as that description might sound, the stud is quite helpful. Really.
If you're familiar with the Obsidian Series 800D, you'll know that those rounded, rubber-lined holes are for cable management. There are eight of them, although you'll only get access to seven if you install a full-sized ATX board. Corsair also includes a big square hole at the bottom right for power or storage cables; a small, rounded hole at the top left for the 120-mm fan wire (and, potentially, the CPU power cable); and a huge gap behind the motherboard's CPU socket area. We'll get to that in a minute, but first, check this out:
The 600T's six hard-drive caddies come in two detachable cages. You can remove the top one and mount it next to the bottom one with a pair of thumbscrews, leaving room for extra-long graphics cards that might not otherwise have fit (the 600T can accommodate graphics cards as long as 13.5" with the cages in their default position and cards that stretch to 18.5" with the setup pictured above). In either configuration, the caddies are mounted sideways, which makes drive installation and removal a piece of cake even in a fully built system.
Lifting the right panel shows us the 600T's cable management area. If you do everything right, most of your PC's internal wiring and cabling will stay tucked away right here, conveniently out of the path of airflow. If you still haven't figured out the point of that huge hole at the top right, think about aftermarket processor heatsinks. Many of them bolt through the motherboard, which means you'll probably need to tighten some nuts or put a backplate under the socket. That endeavor would normally involve removing the board from the case, but in enclosures like the 600T, all you need to do is lift the side panel and get to work.
The little bundle of wires at the very top lets you connect the enclosure's three fans to the fan controller and power the lot using a four-pin, pass-through Molex plug. There are actually four three-pin connectors dangling up top, allowing users to hook up their CPU fan if the motherboard's fan controls are that atrocious. Controlling the CPU fan speed manually has its dangers, though... like forgetting to crank things up during a drunken StarCraft II match and having the CPU's automatic overheating protection throttle clock speeds.
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