Corsair has always been a company that treads new waters carefully. It iterates on new ideas and designs slowly, picking out what works and what doesn’t, and focuses on making what works a standout feature. But occasionally they revisit old ideas that some people considered niche, like the LAN-ready mini-ITX 380T chassis that comes with a handle, and the newly announced Carbide 600 evokes the days of old when Aerocool still kicked ass and had several inverted chassis designs. Available this December, Corsair will ship the 600C and the 600Q, and the price in the U.S. is set at $149.99 (approx. R2400). Hit the jump for more computer porn!
Like a lot of Corsair’s recent chassis, the Carbide 600C and 600Q are built to accommodate lots of fans or intricately laid out custom water loops. There’s support for massive radiators included, and the 600C comes with a lovely glass door that swings open on a hinge. Inverted designs have a few inherent advantages that makes them good for high-end systems, notably the heat convection process. If you have only two fans pushing air up through the chassis, you’re already getting rid of most of the heat because you’re simply pushing away the hot air that’s already rising slowly to the top. The problem, though, is that inverted chassis typically have issues with heat getting trapped by the graphics card, which is why the 600C and 600Q both come with front-panel fans, as sport a large grille above the PCI lane area.
The only physical differences between the 600C and 600Q are the use of sound dampening material on the covers for the 600Q, as well as the lack of a window inside the chassis. Both chassis have an internal three-speed fan controller and ship with Corsair’s AF140L fans, which are optimised for high airflow at low speeds. It’s a bit odd that neither of these are classified as “Obsidian”, though I suppose that the use of more plastic on the chassis cheapens the look that the Obsidian line strives for.
Underneath the top hinged panel at the front is a pair of 5.25-inch drive bays, which can be used for optical disc drives or a reservoir if you wish. Inside, there are two 3.5-inch drive bays for hard drives under the PSU shroud, and an extra three 2.5-inch drive bays. The layout and design is reminiscent of the Carbide Air 540, which has a compartmentalised design. This chassis lacks that, but the PSU shroud certainly helps keep hot air from being trapped in the front of the case. Rather oddly, there are no fan mounts up top.
Corsair also took some time to provision these cases for custom water-cooling loops. There is space for a 280mm radiator up front and a 360mm radiator at the bottom of the chassis. as well as a 140mm fan on the rear. The way things are laid out, there’s little chance that heat will get trapped in the case, which is good news for those of you worried about temperatures. Unfortunately, I do suspect that the power supply sucks in air from nearby the sixth PCI slot.
** R15.86 to the U.S. dollar on 11 December 2015 according to Xe.com