Cooler Master SL600M PC Chassis Review

  1. A different PC Case called the Cooler Master SL600M!
  2. PC Case Overview- External
  3. PC Case Overview- Internal (Part 1)
  4. PC Case Overview- Internal (Part 2)
  5. Installation Experience and Conclusion
  6. Online Purchase Links

PC Case Overview- External

There’s no better way to talk about PC cases by talking about its software. The SL600M is accompanied with a set of software and updates- Masterplus+ to control the case fans, a proximity sensor tool and the occasional firmware flash.

The Cooler Master SL600M’s internal design is rather interesting without making that impression from the outside. Instead of following the typical front-to-back traditional airflow design, this is designed for having the air pushed in via 2x 200mm fans from the base and all the through the top panel. CM markets this as a chimney effect. Even if you’re not planning to buy one, its bag of tricks, SL600M is a fascinating read-up.

Front Panel Connector Overview

Apart from the 2x USB 2.0 and 3.0 Gen 1 Type-A USB ports, there is a type-C 3.1 Gen 2 port. There’s the usual headphone/ mic audio port whose headphone works with TRRS IEM/headset. The case does have a power switch, but no reset.

The fan speed control switch has three-speed sliders- low, medium and high. With the bundled 200 mm fans, the highest it runs is 800 RPM, with 600RPM as medium speed and low at 400 RPM. The Proximity sensor controls the lighting on the front panel’s USB ports which switches itself on when close. This is a neat feature those who have this case under the desk or most operate with lights on. The LED lights are white.

Rear Panel Overview

The changes in the SL600M’s internal design can be somewhat noticed in the rear panel.

To stay true to the base-to-top airflow, the rear panel does not have any fans. I wish I could use a pun and say ‘I am not a fan of this’. But that’s the whole point to call it a chimney effect. This may not be a good idea with AMD sockets when paired with an air cooler, as its rectangular mounting holes and bracket make most CPU coolers to be installed one way, unlike Intel mainstream sockets that have usually squared mounting holes where you can have CPU cooler have its fan face the top. Cooler Master could have just had these vented with a bare metal plate installed from the inside. It does house a multi-function bracket. The PCIe slots are also not vented. The SL600M does have vents on the rear-end of the top panel.

But realistically, if you’re buying an expensive case for obviously minimalist aesthetics, it is likely you will buy a 240-280mm closed-loop liquid cooler. That’s the type of userbase CM probably intends for this case.

The PCIe area has 9 horizontal and two vertical PCIe brackets. The PCIe tray is removable. The primary function is to realign its slots vertically. Additionally,  a power supply connector pre-installed in the rear and reroutes the cable towards the front, where the PSU will be mounted. The only caveat here is the ability to switch off the power supply externally.

Thanks to the heightened case feet, the SL600M has 5.2 cms. ground clearance. This is needed as the airflow depends on the base to push the air in. The fan filter for the base slides out from the rear.

Top Panel Overview

The top panel has a removable aluminium lid with ventilated access around it. There is a little bit of a cut-out on the rear and a recessed mesh for you slip your fingernail in. But internally shaped mesh implies it is an access for the fans/ radiator to have its mid-section push air out(?).

Top Panel Standoff

In between removing and closing the top panel, the standoff on the aluminium lid allows you to keep the plate floating above it. This provides a bit better-vented access to the top-mounted exhaust fans/ radiator while having some aesthetic lid on it.

The standoff pegs are aluminium but the supports on the mesh has rubber grommets. Furthermore, there are a couple of foam strips.

Base Panel Overview

The top panel has a built-in mesh while the base has a large ventilated area with an equally long air filter.

Base Panel Vent/ Filter

The base panel’s mesh filter is very large. While there is a handle at both ends, you can only slide it from the rear. The filter is hinged and therefore you can fold it halfway and remove it entirely. This is a bit handy since rear panel faces the wall with most end-users. Providing the front or a side sliding ability would have been a better way forward.

Case Feet Design

The SL600M’s case feet provides ample enough clearance that’s needed for the base fan to push the air into the case. Due to the orientation of the case’s airflow, the clearance is vital. Thanks to the case’s front panel, the SL600M makes an appearance of the case touching the floor.

The feet are removable since they are screwed in. Each case feet panel has a decent sized rubber base. I couldn’t help but consider an aftermarket opportunity of having case wheels, similar to what cases like the very old Lian Li A70F.

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