Components and Design Continued part 2
Taking a quick look a the bottom of the Corsair 650D we get to see a couple of things. The large plastic feet that the case sit upon run from side to side and gives it a very stable feel to the case. We can also see that the air intake for the bottom mounted power supply has a removable screen for easy cleaning.
PSU intake screen is removed from the rear of the case.
Taken from the Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower case are the handles that attach the side panels. The latching assemble is easy to and taking off a side panel is done in a matter of seconds. Once again I will be honest and say…why? This is not a Obsidian trait as the 700D and the 800D do not use these. Are they cool and work really well..Yes. Do they fit the style, for me they do not.
The backside of the windowed side panel is clean and and strong. Both side panels are mode from steel and with rolled edges that makes them almost flex free. The side window is a good size and uses screws and the plastic window modding around the outside of the panel to keep it in place.
So finally we get to see something in the case and I stuffed it with old and new alike. Not everyone has the latest and greatest hardware, and like you, I have a mis-matched set of hardware in every system it seems. OK, my personal PC is what you would think a guy who reviewers hardware has, but that is it. Real world testing is what we are about here at Modders-Inc.
As you can see I did stuff it with some rather large hardware like the Sapphire 6950 we reviewedand a Thermaltake 1200 watt toughpower power supply with all the cables. I even threw in an old IDE CD ROM for good measures just because of the fat rounded cable it uses. But you can see that with all the stuff that I put into the case there is plenty of room around all the hardware and it looks pretty darn clean thanks to the great cable management layout of the case.
As I stated before the hard drive cages can be moved around or removed. By taking out the lower cage you would be able to gain a pretty good amount of real estate for a pump and reservoir forwater cooling. The mechanism used to hold the device in the bay area are really simple to use. Remove the front bay cover, slide in the device, and push the locking tab and that is it.
Now if you remember I told you it was narrower that the HAF 922 but is there enough room to install a large heat pipe cooler for the CPU… yep and them some.
Hidden on the back side and behind the right side panel you can see that there was a fist load of wires and cables I had to deal with, yet the inside of the case looks really clean and not a lot of cables visible. From this angle you can see that with ample space here I pretty much able to just let the cables go where they wanted to without any hardcore management that I so dearly love to do.