I have seen over the last year, maybe even two, that there is a definite trend to offering users a "white" option when it comes to case color choices. Most of the cases I have seen up to this point started with modders painting the cases they already had. This led to a lot of feedback from users on the forums where these cases were shown, and the manufacturers saw the opportunity to make their mark and offer users a modded-like chassis straight out of the box.
The real downside to most of the previous versions of white chassis' is that you end up with a very sterile, almost hospital like environment. Personally, the all white is not my thing and really made a few of the cases out there a definite "no go" in my book. For one, my house has an older furnace and dust is an issue. While it will show on both black and white painted surfaces, on white, just like on cars, one little spec of dirt is easily noticeable. With my need to keep things clean and tidy, I just couldn't bring myself to really having any desire to own a white chassis.
Fast forward quite a bit and here we are today. With the last chassis released in the Graphite series finding a home in my daily use cases, I wasn't set on doing a full on swap of my own goods into this chassis. That is until I actually put my own hands and eyes on the chassis. Corsair has taken a guy who was almost against the idea of white chassis' and with their concept and paint scheme, I finally found a white chassis worthy of using in my office. As I continue in this review, I hope you will find the Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T as appealing as I do!
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Starting with the outside of the chassis, you are greeted with a rounded chassis just like the original 600T. This time however, the outside is of course white with very well thought out black trimming. With its rounded edges and black grills, the white 600T give me the feeling of an old muscle car. The large grill on the front being surrounded by curving plastic components and the flush mounted doors leave me with a feeling that I am looking at a case inspired by a '69 Camaro or similar vintage Mopar. The inside takes a slightly different approach to a "white" chassis concept. The interior ships in black paint! This not only cures my obsession for a clean looking rig, it also offers standard wiring to blend in instead of being boldly shown on top of a white interior.
The most notable change is to the exterior of the 600T. This time you get a left door panel that has a window, but that's not all! Corsair ships every case with an optional mesh insert if you desire airflow into the chassis over the window insert. Similarities range from the four optical bays, along with the six bays for hard drives. While the rack assembly can house up to six, either 2.5" or 3.5" drives, the duo of triple drive cages can also be removed in their entirety. The White version keeps the eight expansion slots along with the two water cooling holes in the rear, and potentially room for a dual radiator in the top of the chassis. Another great feature that wasn't lost on the redo is the fan controller. With a large knob in the front I/O, you can control up to four fans with this handy built in controller.
Pricing on the Special Edition of the 600T varies greatly. I see out of the sixty-seven hits, that pricing wanders from the low end of about $149 with some pretty outrageous shipping tagged on that brings the chassis near $200. On the high end, I also see this chassis listed for as much at $190+ and we haven't even looked at the shipping that gets added on. While availability of this new release is quite good right now, buyers beware; do some shopping around before actually clicking on the "add to cart" button. Once again, right on the lower end of the spectrum, our pals over at Newegg.com have one of the better deals going on at this time. As I type this, the CC600TWM-WHT lists for $179.99 at Newegg.com and that is a free shipping sale! While this version is some $20 more than the black version, I feel the looks of the chassis and the cost to open a white paint line are played fairly against each other and offer buyers not only a unique looking chassis, but don't rake us over the coals in the process with outrageous pricing for that privilege.
If you were in the store looking at this, there is little to discern it from the black version on the front of the packaging. Corsair reuses the same plain cardboard with black screened imaging and text to help keep costs to a minimum.
The side is where you get the first inclination that something is new. Not only do the specs obviously show white in the color category, but the sticker showing the window and mesh panels should show you that you aren't holding the plain 600T
On the back of the box you see an exploded rendering of the 600T in its "vanilla" form. Six various languages cover the ten key features in the middle above the large Graphite Series 600T stripe.
With three languages of specs being on the opposing side, this side houses the other 3 languages as not to leave anyone out of information no matter where you might be buying this from.
Just as the black one got shipped, the Special Edition also gets the large Styrofoam end caps along with a fabric inside liner to protect the chassis against any odd scratches.
The Corsair SE White Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Case
The Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Case
We get to see in the front the play Corsair used with the black on white accents. The mesh, bay covers and removable fan grill are all black surrounded by the white rounded edge. The trim of black again near the outside edge makes the grills less obtrusive, and to me gives this an aggressive look.
By pushing in on the top of the fan grill, a pair of latches with click to release the cover, and allow you to lift out the dust filter backed grill.
Up top, very close to the front is where the I/O panel is located. From the top down you get power and reset buttons, the audio jacks, four USB 2.0 ports, the fan controller, a USB 3.0 port, an IEEE 1394 connection, and an activity LED for the hard drive.
Behind the front I/O panel there is a large black panel of mesh. This will not only allow for the 200mm fan under it to blow through it easily, when this cover is removed you have options hidden under it for alternate cooling methods.
The cover comes off just as the front cover does. Under the mesh panel you can see there is the 200mm fan mounted there now, but you can use this area for a dual radiator, or just a pair of 120mm fans. The lock you are seeing does come with a set of keys and is used to lock the side panel on the 600T.
On the left, the door is painted to match the white plastic and gets accented with black door latches, the windows trim, and the "foot" at the bottom of the chassis. The panels themselves also have a bit of a curve to them to keep the rounded look as smooth and elegant as possible.
The rear of the chassis is surrounded with white ABS plastic, but the area containing the rear I/O, exhaust fan, eight expansion slots, and a pair of water tubing holes get a black paint treatment.
The right of the SE has the black door latches, but the rest of this side is pretty plain and white. Not that it matters much, because I rarely see that side of my cases anyways.
Under the chassis you again get the same PSU dust filter. It is removable and easily can be rinsed under the faucet and once dried, slid back into the chassis. The black side rails have two large rubber pads on each side to keep the chassis from sliding around on the desktop while protecting the desk from scratches as well.
Inside the Corsair SE White Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Case
Inside the Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Case
Ridding the chassis of the side panel I can see Corsair ships the hardware strapped onto the side of the optical bays, while the large box containing the mesh panel insert gets strapped to the motherboard tray.
Once the hardware and panel get removed you can see this has the exact same internals as the Black 600T. Well almost, but I will show you the variations as we get better images of them.
In the front you still get four tool-free 5.25" bays and the dual rack assembly that can hold up to six hard drives with trays that slide in and out of the racks. These trays have pins for the sides of 3.5" drives, but require screws to mount a 2.5" drive.
The racks can be completely removed, one removed, or even one removed and reinstalled in the floor next to the other rack. Behind the racks I found that the 200mm fan in the front lost its quick release clips and is now mounted directly to the front of the chassis.
The motherboard tray is laid out as it was in the original. Eight wire management holes with grommets, a large CPU access ole for coolers, along with a couple more holes just to make everything that much easier to install either an ATX or m-ATX motherboard.
The rear of the case has an all black fan installed to exhaust this area of the chassis. Another thing to note is the wire pass through plate in the expansion slots. This will help to run the USB 3.0 cable out to the rear I/O.
The floor offers great ventilation for the bottom mounted power supply. Corsair even offers a PSU support bracket. To the right of this is where you can slide one of the hard drive racks into the floor if you choose to.
Behind the tray there is over an inch between the tray and the rear panel to pack in the wiring. The punched out little tabs for wiring along with the black sleeves of all the included cabling makes them very easy to hide from view.
The front I/O offers quite a bit, so I broke it up a bit. Here are the main cables for connecting up the switches lights and various ports.
The second half is for the fan controller. There is the 4-pin Molex connection for power to the fan controller along with the four fan power leads capped with protective covers. The other two wires are from the top and rear fans, the front fan wire is still tucked under the hard drive bay plastic bottom at this time.
Accessories and Documentation
Opening the box with the mesh panel, I see that it installs with the use of "tabs" left on the edges of the mesh panel itself. This panel will accommodate up to four 120mm fan of your choosing, and does ship with a pack of screws to be used with these holes and grommets.
The large bag tied to the drive rack contains all the hardware you need to build inside of the White 600T. The hardware contains fan screws for the top on the left, seven cable ties, a set of keys for the door lock, rubber washers to go with the fan screws, drive screws at the bottom left, and motherboard and power supply screws finishing it off.
Along with the hardware, in the same large bag, you will find the literature. The large red "STOP" paper tells you to return to the manufacturer if you do have any issues. Then of course you need a guide just in case you get lost. This one has good images and text that will get you through any issues you might have during installation or wiring in this 600T. Oh, and I can't forget the product and accessories book. This shows you the many other Corsair products you may wish to add to your chassis purchase.
The Build and Finished Product
Installing an optical drive does detract from the simplicity of the front of the chassis in my opinion, but nothing a little spray paint or dye won't fix (for the drive). Even though the drive sticks out like a sore thumb here, I really do like the look of this chassis so far!
Since I liked this chassis a fair bit more than the black one I had in use, and the window option sending me over the top, I went ahead and installed the goods from my back up PC. As you can see, even with a full assortment of goods inside the chassis, there is plenty of room and options going on inside. Side note; there is a hard drive installed, I just put it in the optical bays and secured it with a screw. This allowed me to remove the drive racks all together to improve the air flow inside the chassis.
Once the windowed panel is back in place, you see it offers quite a good view of the components on the inside. While the window does offer a "good" view, I thing if it was left a bit more it would be great!
Sorry for blocking a lot of what is going on behind the chassis, but sacrifices had to be made for my cooling choice. If you plan to mimic this, you need to install everything else but the water first; otherwise you may end up blocking off access.
Since I already had a go at installing these components in a 600T, it made it much easier this time around. With just a little bit of time, some good planning, and a bunch of wire ties I was able to get everything routed and hidden from sight.
Once the White 600T gets powered up it glows with the same white glow the black version has. The front and top 200mm LED fans put out a good amount of light! The top leaves a disco ball looking effect on my ceiling, but the front fan lighting seems to not flood outside as much. Inside however, the pair of fans adds just the right amount of light to showcase what is inside.
Just because I thought you might want to look inside with the rig powered up and ready for business!
One last look, stepping back a bit to take in all the sleek lines, clean white exterior, and the black accents that set this chassis apart from all the other "white" cases out there today!
What I found the funniest about this entire process with the White 600T in reference to the window / mesh panel, is that in the end, I almost like it more than the 800D I use for my main rig! Of course, one is a mid tower and one is a full tower, but along with a very user friendly interior, optional hard drive abilities and the most shocking to me is that I am completely sold on a white exterior - when it's done right! This computer sits across the room and actually behind me, and I lost a lot of time after this build due to me spinning around to admire the finished product sitting on the table. I know the "idea" of a white case might be old hat, but to me it's all in the execution and final product once everything is in place, not how good it looks empty. I feel Corsair hit this one out of the park and offers both a sleek and sexy exterior, while giving you a black interior to have a very, very clean finished product!
I do miss the removal of the easy to remove, front fan clips system. In the original 600T there was a ring around the front fan that with the press of a pair of clips, the fan would almost fall out of place for easy cleaning. With the White version, this option isn't there. What I found more puzzling is that the front bezel blocks access to the screw heads and needs removal to get to the screws. I'm pretty sure I was doing it right, but the front panel fits so tightly I felt I was going to break the tabs just getting them close to releasing from the steel. Since they installed a removable dust filter into the front bezel of the chassis, unless you want to remove the 200mm fan to replace it, with basic maintenance of the dust filter there shouldn't be any long term issues. For my installation I didn't need to remove the bezel, I was only trying so I could get the image and ended up not wanting to risk breaking the bezel for the image.
With the hard drive racks removed entirely, I was able to improve the air flow inside of this 600T. If you leave one in place it blocks most of the bottom or top half of the intake fan. With both racks left in, there is substantially less air flow making it to your components, as with any case. What I really like is that I was able to run both my water cooling fans and the top exhaust fan off of the fan controller. This allows me to run everything in near silence or at full speed. The case fans themselves are very quiet, even at full speed. The noise I get from my build is all from the water cooling when I turn the knob to full speed. I would have liked to have the rear fan include white LEDs too, as the lighting from that direction would be nice to have "built in", but I digress, there are plenty of lighting kits on the market and they are cheap to purchase. I am pleased with the amount of lighting, air flow and noise levels that the CC600TWM-WHT offers out of the box, and have found a case that I think will be staying for the long haul in my personal collection.
I have mentioned before that the average buyer is looking for cases that are around the $100-150 for the usual suspects packed with as many features and most companies can muster, the price point of the White 600T is very reasonable in my opinion. While it does soar over that $150 USD mark, I think for the options and uniqueness of the build, it justifies it. I mentioned earlier, if you shop around you may find a slightly better deal, but the $179.99 pricing at Newegg.com is going to be tough to beat, especially when there is no shipping cost involved with that price! Since you can get the uniqueness of the black trim on the all white exterior and the optional mesh or window panels for the door, the CC600TWM-WHT should sell itself. I thought the original was a great case and I stand here surprised to say that an exterior color swap and a window can make a great design an almost perfect concept!
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