The Perfect Enclosure (Part 3) : Corsair Graphite 600T, Corsair Vengeance C70

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Antec Eleven Hundred

The Antec Eleven Hundred is a mid-tower in a full-tower’s disguise. The first thing you may notice with this case is that it has a huge acrylic side-panel window with silicone Grommeted fan mounts. The front of this enclosure is completely meshed and has slits on both the sides to complement its design.

The right-side panel has space for mounting a fan which will be behind the mother-board tray. Upon opening the Eleven Hundred, you will see that it has a molex powered internal fan-hub and an option to turn off the top fan LED. A bundled front-fan would have lowered the temperatures inside this case but it’s still one of the few cases in our test which are big enough to house XL-ATX boards.

Cooler Master HAF - XM

Straight out-of-the-box the HAF - XM greets you with its sturdy body with black anodized finishing. It has a meshed front bezel with two hot-swappable drive bays and a 200mm fan. The top of this case is also meshed and is removable. It has space for a liquid-cooling radiator at the top too. The left-side panel can be opened by just pulling a spring loaded latch. Inside, a cover hides the PSU cable clutter. It also has an extra, vertical PCI slot. The drive rails work very well and cable management is an also breeze. This enclosure being a mid-tower can still house an XL-ATX mother-board comfortably.

And others

We also got the Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 and the Antec Solo 2 for this test. The former is a proper gaming case which comes with most of the features a good gaming case should have. Its design is great and the handles at the top allow you to carry this LAN-party-friendly case around. The contender from Antec is primed for silent computing users. It stays quiet using sound dampening material and silicone vibration absorbers. But due to its dimensions, there is not much space to work with in this case. Antec P280 was almost the same as the Antec Eleven Hundred but more of a silent computing case.

Category verdict

The Best Buy Award For this category goes to the Corsair Carbide 400Rfor being a rock solid case with great attributes for the price. While maneuvering inside this case, you won’t break a sweat and the expandability it offers is great for future upgrades. The handle on top of the Corsair Carbide 400R also helped us to pick the case up and move it around during testing. The second best case in this section was the NZXT Phantom 410. It’s curvaceous design and a huge feature list make it easy to recommend if you can shell out it’s higher asking price.

Mid-towers above $300

This category is for people who want to buy higher-end mid-towers but don’t want to jump on the full-tower band-wagon. We must say that most of the features you may see in this category are also avail-able on the cabinets seen in the $150 to $300 category. It’s just that the build quality of all the cabinets in this section is exceptional.

Cooler Master Silencio 650

This case has a minimalistic and sophisticated design element to it. Apart from being a case from the CM Silent series, it also has numerous features up its sleeves. It has a great looking aluminum door at the front with a brushed-metal finish. The door also snaps into place using magnets. The orientation for opening the door can be changed too. The top of this case has two sliding covers, one for the ports and the other for air exhaust (this can be closed to decrease sound emanating from the case). The internal foam padding further dampens the sounds generated from within.

Corsair Graphite 600T

This curvy case from Corsair is bevelled at all of its edges which gives it a very different look. The construction of the case is rigid and the front panel of this enclosure is ventilated by a meshed and dust-filtered grill which can be removed at the push of a button. A pair of keys is also provided with the case to lock it (a nice feature). Along with the buttons and ports, there is a big dial which acts as a fan controller on the top of the case. The side panels on this case come off easily thanks to latches, making this case as tool-free as possible. Cable-management is an easy affair thanks to the perfectly located rubber grommets.

Cable-management is an easy  affair thanks to the perfectly  located rubber grommets.

Cable-management is an easy affair thanks to the perfectly located rubber grommets.

Corsair Vengeance C70

This case is designed to look like an ammunition straight out of an armory. The build quality of the C70 seems solid and you can carry it around by using two attached spring-loaded handles at the top. The power and reset buttons accentuate it’s military design – there’s actually a safety flap that you need to flip open to access the reset button. Everything is tool-less inside this case, so installing HDDs/ SSDs or even 5.25-inch drives is easy. As for cable management, the C70 has smart clips at the back of the motherboard with pre-routed cabinet cables.

Corsair Vengeance C70

Corsair Vengeance C70

Category verdict

The Corsair Graphite 600T was a good contender but the Cooler Master Silencio 650 won the Best Buy Award in this segment as it had more number of features at its disposal and provided decent performance compared to the others in the test. It also had an SD card slot along with the integrated fan controller and a dual-boot switch to select a boot drive between two different drives. The best part we found about this case was that it was very sturdy and professional looking with a strong rubberized base. We didn’t choose the Vengeance C70 as we thought that it was overpriced for the features it provided in this segment.

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