Inverse designs have been done in the past, and those that have owned them swear by this layout. Since cards usually run hotter than CPUs do, it makes sense to have the CPU lower, so that convection aids in removing the video cards heat from impacting the CPU. If you are stacking a few cards in this chassis, keep convection in mind when using 3.5" spinners, as the drives will run a bit warmer than usual. Also with the PSU at the top, it does allow the PSU to be used as a venting system to pull out some of that heated air from the top of the chassis. If you are using older gear, this may be a concern, but with our choices, we felt the PSU was fine and not overheating, nor was anything in the chassis for that matter. During testing, it was our AIO that was the loudest, and even with the fans at the lowest setting on the switch, temperatures were never above average for a full-tower case.
The build quality is solid, and you can tell Corsair pays close attention to their designs and input from past designs. They have had doors that rattled in the past, and filters that would vibrate at times too, but not here. The Carbide 600C uses solid thought out design, and use of magnets to assure that this chassis stays tight and noise free from the standpoint of chatter from the actual chassis. Throughout the build and as we looked at everything with as fine toothed comb, we are hard pressed to find any real issues. If we had to pick one, it would have to be with the wiring. Again, with a solid back panel and how clean the front turned out, we couldn't care less really as it all works out for the best in the end.
We cannot fault Corsair for wanting what they do for this chassis; it is that nicely done and thoughtfully laid out in our opinion. Hiding everything you don't want to see, and putting all your hard earned money into a display case is what everyone wants, and the Carbide 600C delivers that in spades. We do wish we could have gotten a few more goodies, like PSU screws, some more zip-ties, maybe a couple of bay conversion options to utilize the ODD bays better, but again, we are splitting hairs at this point. At $150 to get this chassis to your door, we feel Corsair has delivered enough in layout, styling, and functionality that the price is justified. The only question left at this point is do you like the view of the Carbide 600C, or do you prefer silence opting for the 600Q instead.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: HIS HD7950 IceQ (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||94%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Corsair adds a different perspective to their chassis lineup! If you are looking for something unique with sleek appeal and a full view of your gear through a large window, this is the case for you. The Corsair Carbide 600C is a blend of a lot of things that takes conventional full-tower designs to a new level.
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