The Thermaltake T600 is a mid-tower case in the company’s lineup that offers an excellent value to users. It has plenty of features, including tempered glass panels, a washable interior, and RGB LED support for fans and lighting. In this review, we take it for a spin on our overclocked Ryzen 2700X system.
Thermaltake comes to mind when it comes to high-end PC cases, bringing some of the most unusual and configurable case solutions to the gaming forefront. So, when Thermaltake decided to offer us its AH T600 PC case, which is inspired by a helicopter – yup, you heard me – we were more than pleased to see what it might bring to the ever-growing industry.
The AH T600 is the latest in a long line of unusually designed casings that seem to place an emphasis on aesthetics above thermal performance and noise levels. The open-design container has tempered glass on three sides, plastic missile-Esq’ side pods, and a cockemphasizeully completes the helicopter motif.
We’ll be putting the AH T600 through its paces today to see how it compares to other high-priced choices. We’ll go through everything in detail, including ventilation, water cooling, and how simple it is to include.
- Construction is excellent, with high-quality materials utilized throughout.
- Large E-ATX motherboards are supported.
- A one-of-a-kind design that screams “showpiece.”
- Tool-free modularity is the norm for the most part.
- The design is almost modular.
- An open-plan layout that should prevent heat build-up.
- Arrives on the market at the upper end of the pricing range.
- Due to the open-plan architecture, there is very little ventilation.
- When wholly completed, it weighs well over 20kg.
- The case’s stiffness leaves much to be desired.
- There are no fans pre-installed in the casing.
|Case Type||The tower is full.|
|Measurements (mm)||628 x 337 x 763 pixels (L x W x H)|
|Materials||Steel, tempered glass, and plastic are all materials that may be used to make a product.|
|Available colors||White and black|
|I/O panel in the front||1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, Audio I/O, Power, and Reset buttons|
|Slots for Expansion||8|
|Bays for driving||3 × 2.5″ 2 x 3.5″ 2 x 3.5″|
|Support for motherboards||Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, and E-ATX are all types of motherboards.|
|Cooling (front, top, and back)||4 x 120mm or 3 x 140mm in front 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm for the top 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm internal right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0|
|GPU’s maximum length||Limitations on VGA length: 300mm (with water pump) 440mm (Without Water Pump)|
- Completely modular design
- Tempered glass on both sides
- Aesthetics influenced by helicopters
- Type-C (Universal Serial Bus)
Inside the Container:
- AH T600 PC Case by Thermaltake
- Accessory Container
- Beginner’s Guide
When you unbox this case, the first thing you notice is how large it is. This behemoth is bigger and heavier than their View 71, weighing nearly 20kg without any internal components. If you’re acquainted with the View 71, you’ll understand how inconvenient that scenario may be if you’re short on space. Unfortunately, the AH T600 has the same difficulties for some.
Aside from its size, this is one of the oddest-looking cases I’ve seen in a long time. The AH T600 is inspired by military attack helicopters, which may be seen when seen from certain angles. The front resembles a helicopter cockpit, while the side pods may be missiles; it’s a bit absurd, to be honest.
There is a rising need for this case in today’s industry. However, I’m still stumped about who this is genuinely aimed towards. Hopefully, as the evaluation progresses, this will become evident.
As previously stated, the majority of the cockpit-style aesthetics are located in the front panel. It’s made up of three 3mm tempered glass panels that sit immediately below the I/O ports and allow you to see any radiators or RGB case fans you add. When access to the fans is required, the tempered glass is protected by a thick plastic casing that can be removed.
The bottom half of the front panel is composed of a sizeable angular piece of steel that adds nothing to the physical form. Instead, it includes giant cutouts between the steel and cockpit areas and displays the Thermaltake branding in a somewhat discreet manner (when contrasted to the rest of the case’s design). The bulk of the AH T600 is open-design, as we’ll soon see, and this pretty much sets the tone for the patient in terms of aesthetics and thermal design.
Moving to the back of the case, there isn’t much in the way of design aspects to discuss. For want of a better term, the back is a gaping hole that allows users total access to the PC’s internals. There are no features at all on the rear of the case when it comes out of the package.
The AH T600 does, however, have Thermaltake’s revolutionary rotatable PCIe 8 slot, which can be fastened to the rear of the chassis and provides the stability that GPUs and extra expansion cards demand. A PSU bracket that can be pushed in and out and is held by a thumbscrew is also included with the case, making PSU installation more simpler.
The AH T600’s top is made up of two pieces, one of which is the chassis and the other of which is a pure steel lid-like component. The steel lid doesn’t have many features, but it does contain air ventilation holes (huge honeycomb-style) that provide complete circulation to the top radiator or fans.
The lid is secured in its housing by four pretty solid thumbscrews on each side of the case, which is a feature that isn’t usually the case with this chassis. The I/O ports are located at the front of the casing, giving it an alien-like appearance. A power/reset button (supported by LEDs), 2 x 3.5mm audio jacks (headphone and microphone), 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, and 1 x USB Type-C are among the I/O ports.
From the Inside
Accessing the inside of this case is, as you would expect, very simple — it can be done from various angles. The side panels are composed of 5mm thick tempered glass and join the chassis through two easy-to-fit hinges, which we haven’t discussed much. When users need access to the components, the doors may swing open and be secured in place with an oversized, easily accessible thumbscrew. While we’re on the subject of the case’s sides, one visual aspect we’ve overlooked is the missile-like pods that sit on each side of the front panel. As far as I can tell, they have no performance influence on this case – they seem to have been added only for cosmetic purposes (and to give it that helicopter theme Thermaltake was going for). They are, however, composed of plastic and seem rather sturdy – if somewhat pointless.
You get a better feel of how spacious the inside of this case is once you open the side panel. It’s big, and it’s excellent news for a variety of reasons.
Users may reach the fan mounting rack from the front. Two screws can be located behind the “cockpit” plastic shell and may be used to remove the frame with considerable ease. After removing the screws, users may easily take the whole fan mounting rack out by tilting it backward. With compatibility for a 480mm radiator, three 140mm fans, or three 120mm fans, users have a lot of cooling options. The modular design of this case makes fan installation a breeze, with users merely screwing the fans into place before sliding the whole thing into place.
The four thumbscrews placed on each side of the lid may be removed to access the roof. After removing the cover, users have access to the fan mounting space, which provides plenty of clearance from the motherboard – ideal for builders employing sophisticated, high-end cooling systems. The AH T600’s top accommodates a 360mm radiator, three 120mm fans, or two 140mm fans, which is more than adequate for even the most complex cooling configurations.
The AH T600’s base is arguably the least important part of the casing. It has hugely few design characteristics, consisting only of a dual reservoir/pump mounting tray that is screwed into the base with a single thumbscrew. There is no PSU shroud, and there are no fan mounting options for the floor. The base is a solid piece of steel with no ventilation holes, thus the PSU will have to be placed with the fan facing upwards, whether you like it or not.
This beautifully brings us to the motherboard tray. One of my favorite aspects of this case is the modularity of the motherboard tray, which is located here. Although modularity has been a theme throughout this case, we were surprised to see that the whole motherboard tray could be physically removed from the chassis. That’s right, using a pair of thumbscrews at the top, you can physically pull the motherboard tray, install the motherboard (and most of the other components), and then re-install the whole thing with little to no effort.
Although the AH T600 supports up to E-ATX motherboards, we noticed that cable management routes were impacted when we installed an E-ATX board into this chassis – particularly if you intend on employing a significant radiator adjacent to the motherboard mounting space. The board would extend over some cable cutouts, making it impossible to attach some cables (24-pin, for example). However, utilizing a more traditional ATX motherboard produced considerably better results, giving us a plethora of wire management alternatives. Large radiators fitted into the chassis roof will not cause any clearance concerns, as previously stated, due to the size of this case.
Users may attach a radiator up to 360mm, 2 x 140mm fans, or 3 x 120mm fans next to the motherboard mounting space. This is a fantastic feature that, like many other total tower cases, lets custom-builders play with the cooling aesthetics they utilize. If you choose to pursue the water-cooling route, you can also store your water-cooling reservoir inside numerous SSD/HDD trays. In terms of clearance, you’re not going to run out of room very soon. This gadget has a lot of interior areas to play with and few obstacles. Even the most powerful 2080Ti GPUs wouldn’t be an issue in this instance. The AH T600 allows customers to attach their GPUs vertically when it comes to GPU support. This functionality (with water-cooling) was used in the display version at CES 2020, and I can reasonably tell it looked really fantastic.
The Panel on the Back
Users will be welcomed with another similar 5mm tempered glass side panel that is likewise on hinges when they get to the back of the casing. When removing the side panel, it’s evident that cable management was a big component of the design process. Cable tie holes, cable cutouts, and velcro ties are just a few of the cable routing choices. Users who do not have a modular power supply, on the other hand, will have a difficult time disguising the cords. We were a bit shocked that Thermaltake didn’t include any form of shroud since this case is fully transparent and open-plan. It would have been wonderful to have a little inlay or place where cabling could have been done. That, however, was not an option.
The motherboard tray has a wide slot in the middle that enables for simple installation of heavy CPU coolers. Users will discover three independent hard drive trays underneath that may be adjusted to their liking. You may choose between two 3.5′′ HDDs and three 2.5′′ SSDs. You may also move the trays to the left-hand side to provide additional room for wire routing.
The rear follows the same general pattern as the front. It checks a lot of the correct boxes in terms of aesthetics, but it could certainly need some adjusting in terms of functionality.
One of the most crucial elements to consider is the features, especially when selecting a case that costs approximately $250. Features may make assembling a case simpler, improve airflow, and have a significant influence on a buyer’s selection. So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the primary characteristics of the AH T600:
While the open-plan design of this case may not be to everyone’s taste, it does have a place in today’s market. The AH T600 from Thermaltake boasts a fully open-plan design that leaves nothing to the imagination. While this may look great (if done right), it has significant drawbacks in terms of airflow efficiency. You want an enclosed enclosure that permits air pressure to rise and solid airflow to follow most of the time. Because pressure cannot build up in an open design, the airflow is significantly less potent than in other circumstances. It does, however, offer certain advantages. Unlike an enclosed case, the AH T600, for example, performs a far better job of dispersing heat away from the components. Heat cannot build up because there is no area to do so; it simply evaporates out the sides.
Full Modularity — When it comes to high-end cases like this, modularity is one of the most significant selling factors for me. Modularity makes it much simpler to construct a case. Almost every portion of this case, including all side panels, the front and top “lids,” the fan mounting tray (at the front), and even the complete motherboard tray, may be removed to help in the assembly process. The PCIe slot on the rear, as well as the PSU tray, may be removed.
Support for Water Cooling — Water cooling has been gaining popularity for a few years now, so it’s no surprise that more can adhesion. They accommodate water-cooling components. With the AH T600, I believe this was one of the primary causes for the case’s development. It screams “water-cooling” to me. Thermaltake has given builders a ton of room to work with, enabling them to design insane bespoke loops worthy of competition. When it comes to water-cooling options for this project, the alternatives are unlimited.
So there you have it, the intriguing and one-of-a-kind Thermaltake AH T600 computer case. At first, I assumed it was simply another strange-looking case headed for the scrap metal trash. However, after spending some time creating in it (and seeing the vast array of water-cooling/aesthetics options), it’s evident that it’s much more.
In the end, we have a showcase – a bespoke builder’s dream when it comes to water cooling. You can make this thing look fantastic, as shown at CES 2020. It has a lot of area for water cooling, is simple to put together, and doesn’t seem all that weird — despite being inspired by an assault helicopter.
While this instance isn’t flawless, with some faults for the average user, it’s still a highly effective model for a far ambitious endeavor. The final line is that if you’re seeking to construct a water-cooled PC with a loud appearance, the AH T600 could be what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, I don’t think this idea would work in any other situation. This is a good example, but it’s too obscure for me.
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