The Exterior of the Corsair Carbide 600Q

Just as Corsair advertises, the design of the Carbide 600Q truly is minimalistic, with smooth flat surfaces, straight lines and sharp turns. The designer added metal sheets on the front and top panels, giving the Carbide 600Q a quality all-metal appearance. The frame of these panels however remains plastic.

Measuring 53.5 cm tall, 23.5 cm wide and 45.4 cm deep (21 × 9.25 × 17.9 in), its dimensions are similar to those of other high end ATX cases with 5.25” bays, except from its significantly shorter depth. The design of the Carbide 600Q brings the 5.25” devices away from the main system, allowing the design to be just as small as cases without 5.25” device support at all. It has a volume of 57.1 liters, which is almost the same as that of the BitFenix Pandora ATX, a case without any 5.25” drive cages, and only 15% greater than that of the Zalman Z9 Neo, a significantly narrower low-cost design. However, the Carbide 600Q weighs 10.2 kg when completely empty, which is rather heavy for a case of this size.

11.2 oz soda can added as a size reference.

The metallic surfaces of the Carbide 600Q are very smooth, sprayed with a satin black paint that is highly resistant to fingerprints. A small door on the front panel hides the two 5.25” device bays. It has a magnetic latch and opens to the left side of the case only. Corsair also offers the 600C, a similar case but with a windowed right side panel instead, sacrificing sound absorption and utility for aesthetics.

Corsair designed the Carbide 600Q with low-noise operation in mind. It is not by chance that the case has no openings at the front and top panels, as the designer made sure to force the sound to deflect before reaching the user. The side, top and front panels of the case have sound-absorbing material applied to them, effectively reducing the noise level of the system.

The front I/O ports and buttons can be found aligned across the left side of the top panel. A large square power on button can be seen towards the front of the array, followed by a simple 3-way fan controller switch, 3.5mm audio jacks near the center, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and finally a small square reset button.

One look at the rear of the Carbide 600Q hints that the interior of the case will definitely be unusual. The motherboard’s I/O is located towards the bottom of the case and is facing the right panel. The exhaust cooling fan is located near the bottom of the case too, while the PSU compartment can be seen at the top. In short, the rear of the Carbide 600Q looks as if someone took a modern ATX case design and rolled it upside down.

The bottom of the case serves as its main air intake, requiring substantial clearance via four tall rectangular legs. A large nylon filters covers the entire intake, which can be removed by pulling it from the rear of the case. Considering the length of the filter, I worry that it will be a pain to remove with the case beneath a desk, or even on a desk if the desk sits against a wall. It would have been far more practical if the designer allowed the user to pull the filter off from the front of the case.

Introduction, Packaging & Bundle The Interior of the Corsair Carbide 600Q
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  • prisonerX - Monday, September 12, 2016 - link

    Who was the genius who shot this black case against a white background with simple metering and without exposure compensation? I can't see a thing. Reply
  • 3ogdy - Monday, September 12, 2016 - link

    Everyone and their momma talking here about the reasons why PSU are bottom-mounted nowadays instead of having them top-mounted.
    The real reason for putting the PSU on the bottom of the case is to make way for big water cooling systems to properly fit and grab air from a place close to the CPU. They first put them on the back of the case, some chose the front, right underneath the HDD cage and behind the front intake fan (e.g. Alienware Predator 2) and now the trend is to avoid running tubes all over the case and thus put the (double) radiators on the top of the case.
    Putting the PSU farther from your ears makes the computer seem more silent, unless your WC pump and fans are on fixed to the top panel...then not so much. Oh well, that's what Noctuas are for.
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  • m16 - Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - link

    That's not an original design, it's more of an old school design. I prefer the bottom/separated compartment design, but I can see the draw to it being on top.

    Corsair hassle really good cases, but I'd wager that my favorite cases are their bigger ones for expandability, and the smallest ones for space saving reasons.

    Most if not all of the carbide series are pretty elegant if I must say so. I have had two and I highly recommend them to those who want an unconscious case.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - link

    Figures E. would get what we were trying to do with this case. ;)

    The core concept and layout of the design is mine, but the engineering, ID, and all the details that went into this were part of a larger team as most products are here at Corsair. But if you ever wanted to know what kind of case a former case reviewer might design, this is an example.

    When I reviewed cases, the main issue with silent cases was airflow. Their airflow was often so mediocre that it tended to cancel out any benefits to the silent design. Flipping the interior had multiple advantages:

    1. Allowed the use of extensive liquid cooling in the "top" (now bottom) of the chassis.
    2. Allowed us to put the PSU and 5.25" bays on the same plane.
    3. Allowed us to seal off the top of the case, preventing noise from escaping.

    As a sidenote, in our thermal testing we found that the third fan barely affected performance but did affect noise, which is why we leave it spare.

    Thank you for the positive review. :)
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