So if there's one thing I don't care for about my 600T it's this empty space under the 5.25" drive bays.
I suppose with the cages all mounted there it's not issue, but it looks cluttered and blocks airflow. Plus that Thermaltake 200 mm intake fan is a lot thicker than the original Corsair units. It would be one thing if the motherboard tray extended all the way to the front of the chassis, but it doesn't, and instead there's a big white gap. I thought about painting the inside of the panel black to help it blend more, and I may still do that.
However, some of the cases at CES 2018 had side mounted exhaust fans in that general location and look awesome. That got me thinking...I wonder if a couple 120mm fans would fit in that area?
Sure enough, they fit, and thanks to the thicker intake fan they're actually snugly held in place. So what about venting out of the case? Well, the original front panel's window is offset and when placed on the back side of the case covers about half the fan area. Since the panel bows outward away from the motherboard tray, the fans also have room to breathe. I removed the acrylic insert and installed the mesh panel that (amazingly) I knew the location of and never thought I'd use.
As far as temps, nothing huge, but the GPU is idling at 39° vs 40° and the HDDs are running 2-4° cooler at 30-32°. Some some function to go with the form. To complete the look I swapped out my test fans for a couple more white Thermaltake Riing fans. Love the look. They actually stay in place fine on their own, but for now I zipped the two fans together and then to one of teh cable hooks on the motherboard tray. They're quite snug and aren't going anywhere.
I think I'm going to get one of these "templates" which will give me something to screw both fans down to, and then secure the whole assembly to the chassis.
As a nice little bonus, I finally have a use for the fan controller on the case. All of the other fans are plugged into the motherboard, but I don't think I have any more headers on the mobo, and I wanted to run these at low power, so the controller works perfectly for that.