SINCE LAST COMPUTEX, Corsair has become a much more serious player in the case market and its latest addition, the Graphite series 600T, should really give the established players a good run for their money. Also on show was a new range of power supplies, some new CPU coolers and Corsair’s new AirFlow Pro memory cooling solution with activity LEDs.
The case is possibly the most exciting out of the new product line-up, as it’s a huge step away in many ways from Corsair’s previous cases in the Obsidian series. Gone is the industrial look instead we have a very rounded and smooth looking case, but don’t be fooled by its more gentle aesthetics, this is a serious case that means business.
It has no less than six internal 3.5-inch drive bays, all of which have a little drive caddy mounted in them with vibration dampening rubber grommets. Each of the drive bays can also accept a 2.5-inch drive by simply screwing it in place from the bottom. The top three hard drive bays can be removed if you’d need to fit extremely long graphics cards, but as a 5970 already fits with plenty of margin, we can’t see what card you’d need all that extra space for. You don’t have to throw away the drive cage though, as it can slot in at the bottom of the case, although this makes things a little bit cramped.
There are also four tool-less 5.25-inch drive bays. Around the back you’ll find eight expansion slots, although sadly the 600T doesn’t have space for XL-ATX motherboards. There are plenty of holes for cables all around the case and most of them are covered by rubber grommets. The case comes with a front and top mounted 140mm fans, as well as a rear 120mm fan. The top fan can be removed and replaced by a dual 120mm radiator for a watercooling setup. The front, top and bottom (PSU) is kitted out with easy to access dust filters.
There’s a large fan control knob at the top and the case will have four top mounted USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a FireWire port and a pair of audio jacks. The side panels are also easy to remove thanks to quick release latches. These can be locked and the lock is hidden under the top fan filter. The rounded corners aren’t just for looks, as you can actually grab the case by the front and rear and lift it without the plastic breaking. With an MSRP of $149, this looks set to be a great seller for Corsair.
The new range of power supplies on display also looked very impressive, with the 1200W delivering over 100A on a single rail. All three models are fully modular and carries 80 Plus Gold certification. The 1200W model is sub 32dB at full load and was said to barely audible at lower speeds. All models comes with a range of cables. The 750 and 880W models are standard ATX power supplies, while the 1200W is an extended length model. The 1200W should have an MSRP of $299 when it hits retail later this year.
The new CPU coolers on display both use direct contact heatpipes, with the A70 using four of them as well as being supplied with a pair of fans. The A50 only gets three heatpipes and a single fan, but it’s also the more affordable of the two.
Finally we have the AirFlow Pro which is something of a blast from the past. For those of you that loved Corsair’s activity LED lights on its range of DDR2 modules, then this is for you. The AirFlow Pro not only incorporates a pair of fans to cool your DDR3 memory, but it also has three rows of LED lights. These are controlled by a small micro processor which in turn is connected to up to six memory modules via small ribbon cables. The LEDs then light up as the memory is being used, just like on the old DDR2 modules, but there are also a set of LEDs in the middle that represents the temperature of your modules, ranging from purple, blue, green for cool with orange and red representing hot modules.
Corsair has been shipping modules with this connector for a little while already, so you might already have compatible modules. No pricing has been decided upon for the AirFlow Pro, but we wouldn’t expect it to be too costly.S|A
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