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Corsair Carbide Clear 600C Inverse ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Corsair Carbide Clear 600C Inverse ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review
We're a bit late to the game with this review, but here's our full review of Corsair's new Carbide Clear 600C, an inverse ATX full-tower chassis.
By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 20, 2015 2:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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Looking back through a long list of chassis designs from Corsair over the years, we have come to the realization that Corsair is not in any way short of ideas when it comes to this market. There are too many to list without dragging on, and while a few stick out in our minds as really great solutions, the naming of this latest chassis takes us back to when we saw the Graphite 600T. What a chassis that was. In its time, it took large boxy designs and made them more appealing with softer, rounded; almost giving it an automotive like appearance from the front. There was a ton of other things going on in that design that were fresh as well, and this is where it ties back to the chassis we are going to see soon enough.

 

 

This latest chassis is not part of the Graphite series, nor does is take its styling or internal ideas from the 600T, the naming just happens to be similar. This time, we have a chassis built for the Carbide series. You know, the series that offers the AIR 540 as well as various versions of the 500R and 400R designs. However, this design is almost sleek enough to go in the Obsidian series, but due to certain design features, we see why it is classed as it is. If you happen to live under a rock and have not seen anything on this latest pair of case designs, be prepared to have your world turned upside down.

 

Corsair delivered us the Carbide Clear 600C full-tower chassis for our opinion. There is a brother to this design, though and it is called the Carbide Quiet 600Q. The main differences between the options are that the 600C comes with a clear side panel. As for the 600Q that clear side panel is replaced with an expanse of steel without a view, as well as adding in a sound absorbing material to try to offer something "Quiet" as its name implies. The similarities make up for about ninety-five percent of the designs, so no matter which choice you make, in the end, our look at the Corsair Carbide Clear 600C will still allow you to wrap your head around both with just one look.

 

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Corsair offers two specifications charts on site, but we thought this was the better of the pair. We are first shown that this chassis is backed with a two-year warranty as this full-tower design weighs in at 10 kg. Both offerings stand 535mm in height, they are 260mm wide, and are then 454mm in depth from front to back, supporting Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even E-ATX motherboards. "Limitations" inside the chassis are then offered where we see 370mm of room for video cards, 200mm of CPU cooler height clearance, and 210mm of room for the PSU.

 

The mostly steel design, which does offer a few bits made of ABS plastic, offers eight expansion slots at the back. At the top of the chassis, on the left side of the front, there is an I/O panel. Here you are offered a pair of USB 3.0 as well as a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a fan controller, and 3.5mm jacks for headphones and a microphone.

 

The cooling options are decent with options for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans in the front of the 600C. The bottom of the chassis also offers the same mounting options except that it can take a third 120mm fan while the rear of the chassis offers only one location for either sized fan. As for the top of the chassis, as well as either side of this design, there are no offerings for additional air flow in any of these three locations. Corsair does ship the 600C to your door with a pair of 140mm fans in the front as well as a matching 140mm fan for the back, so ample air flow is provided right out of the box. If you have plans to water cool things in this chassis, you can go as large as 280mm in the front, 140mm in the rear, and even a 360mm radiator on the floor.

 

Restrictions are not even that restrictive, but we will cover them. The CPU cooler can be up to 180mm in height that covers a ton of air cooling options out there. They mention the video card length at 278mm with the HDD cage in, but this only applies to the lower cards. With the HDD cage removed, all slots have 420mm of room there. Last is the mention of the PSU. If you plan to fill the floor with fans or water cooling, you need to keep the PSU to 180mm or less. If not, there is room for 220mm of PSU until you run into the raised section on the floor. Lastly, we are provided a list of all of the past and currently offered Corsair Hydro series coolers that will fit inside of this chassis.

 

Even though we are a bit late to the table with this review, locating this chassis can be done at one of three locations as this is being typed up. First you can go directly to Corsair and pay the $149.99 MSRP, and without actually going through all the hoops of the order process, shipping information is unknown. We also found the chassis over at Newegg, but they currently want the most of the three, and have it priced at $154.99 and it also needs another $13.99 for shipping. Amazon offers the chassis at the MSRP, but you also know up front that free shipping is also offered. $150 is the sweet spot of full-tower designs in most buyer's eyes as sort of the crossover point from mainstream options to enthusiast solutions. The thing is, though, no matter where this price falls, you are getting something unique from the Corsair design team, and even this early we feel tons of potential customers will have no issues justifying the purchase of this Carbide Clear 600C either.

 

 

Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications

 

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