Thermaltake CTE E600 MX Review (Page 1 of 4)

Thermaltake CTE E600 MX Review

By: Aaron Lai
April 19, 2024

Last week, one of my friends randomly messaged me on Instagram asking for help. At first, I quickly replied back asking if they wanted to chat because it seemed serious. Within a few seconds, they asked me if I could send them money to pay for groceries and for their phone bill. I have watched a lot of videos from YouTubers like Kitboga and Scammer Payback that play along with phone scammers and waste their time in an entertaining way. I do not think I have the patience or expertise to really keep their attention, so once I realized my friend's account had been compromised, I only trolled a little bit before blocking them. However, some of my other friends took it further and continued to communicate. As we had learned from these YouTubers, if we waste the scammer's time, we are at least distracting them from actual potential victims. At first, the scammers wanted us to send them a PayPal or Cash App payment. This continued through the night and by the next day they changed the account name, asking for gift cards in exchange for the return of the account. We continued to spam them with messages by pretending to comply with their requests and stalling. At one point, they broke character and just asked us to stop messaging them. I almost felt bad until they started name calling and insulting us. All in all, it was a fun waste of their time and a small bit of revenge for our friend who had their account compromised. On the other hand, when it comes to reviewing products, I like to think no product we review is a waste of time. While the quality of items we receive varies, manufacturers are hoping for positive impressions from us. Today, we have the Thermaltake CTE E600 MX, a new case from Thermaltake. We have seen another CTE case in the form of the C750 TG ARGB, so how will the E600 MX compare? Hopefully our review will answer this question and more!

Our review unit of the Thermaltake CTE E600 MX arrived from their American offices in City of Industry, California, USA. Traveling with UPS and their Standard ground service, this box arrived in relatively good condition. There are some bruises on the corner of the box, but no holes or significant dents to be worried about. This was brought to our APH Networks location here in Calgary, Alberta. Otherwise, you can see this box also doubles as the retail container of the enclosure. This means we have a printed box in black and white with a scaled down image of the case inside. The company name and logo can be found on the top edge, while the product name can be found beside the scaled image. Around the box, we have some specifications and features about the case.

Before we continue, I have grabbed the specifications from the manufacturer for your perusal:

CASE TYPE: Mid Tower
Dimension (H x W x D): 558.5 x 270 x 513mm (21.99 x 10.63 x 20.2 inch)
NET WEIGHT: 16 kg / 35.27 lbs.
PANEL: 4mm Tempered Glass x 2
Color: Hydrangea Blue
Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2.5”
MOTHERBOARDS: 6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX), 12” x 10.5” (E-ATX)
I/O Port: USB 3.0 x 2, Type-c x1, HD Audio x 1
PSU: Standard PS2 PSU (optional)
- Front: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2x 140mm, 1 x 140mm
- Top: 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm
- Right (M/B Side): 3 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2x 140mm, 1 x 140mm
- Rear: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm, 2x 140mm, 1 x 140mm
- Bottom: 3 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm
- Front: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
- Top: 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm
- Right (M/B Side): 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
- Rear: 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
- Bottom (DIY only): 1 x 360mm, 1 x 240mm, 1 x 120mm, 1 x 420mm, 1 x 280mm, 1 x 140mm
- CPU cooler max height: 166mm
- VGA max length: 415mm (with radiator), 443.8mm (without radiator)
- PSU max length: 220mm

Out of the box, the Thermaltake CTE E600 MX is sandwiched between two stiff white foam brackets. They are not the more premium option for foam, but they will do the job of transporting the case on its own. The case is also in a clear white plastic bag to prevent surface damage such as light scratches or debris. As well, all of the glass panels have a plastic wrap on them to further prevent this sort of damage. In addition to those, there is one cardboard box secured inside the CTE E600 MX, as well as one large box outside and placed on the side of the case. This larger one holds a single front tempered glass panel, as you will see later on.

The interior box holds a few nice accessories. First, we have the mounting screws and other accessories to aid in installation, including some white Velcro straps and black zip ties. Next, we have a set of white mounting frames for various video card installation orientations, which we will explore during the installation process. Finally, we have a PCIe 4.0 riser cable to work with the mounting frames. This is a premium addition that is not the norm for cases that offer vertical graphics card installation.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion