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Corsair Carbide Series 600Q Chassis Review

Corsair has brought us something a little different today in the world of chassis’. The 600Q from their Carbide Series. This is a very large series of chassis’ but today we will be focusing on the 600Q. “Q” for quiet, the 600 is also available in a “C” which stands for “clear” and represents their windowed version of the 600. Now what’s so different you ask? The 600 is an inverse ATX chassis, if you’re still a little unsure of what that means follow along and we will walk you through the whole experience!Corsair

PRE-BUILD, CONTENTS & PRICING

The Corsair Carbide Inverse ATX 600Q comes in a vanilla carboard box with what we have come to call standard inking on the exterior. The one side showing the closed box giving a general look at the box with some written details on enclosed features.

Corsair 600Q  Corsair 600QOpposite that you’ll see what we describe as the modular look, showing all pieces elevated off their secure positions showing off the space available as well as the removable parts.

Opening the box and removing the chassis it’s sandwiched between standard Styrofoam with a black clothed cover over the case, a little different change up from the standard plastic wrap. Once you remove the packaging and take your first look around the case there isn’t too much to see. Corsair 600Q

Completely closed in the sleek glossy black exterior covering the chassis 360 degrees. Included with the case are your standard screws as well as a welcoming note including an extra fan.Corsair 600QThe note is a nice added touch and all of the three included fans are 140’s giving you big airflow. At the time of this review the Corsair 600Q was available on Amazon for $137.50 with the 600C costing just an extra $5. Keep in mind moving from the Q to the C you’ll be sacrificing the Quiet for a more show-off the interior type case.

BUILD, FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

As mentioned earlier the 600Q is a completely blacked out chassis. The front panel bares no mesh as we have come accustom to seeing and that is due to the reoccurring mention of the main feature of this case, quiet. At the top of the front panel there is a door that opens to the left, is not reversible and is capable of housing two 5.25″ drives. Along the inside of the door you’ll get you’re first look at the noise dampening padding that promotes this silent chassis.Corsair 600QThe front panel is completely removable, there are four tabs on each side you can either pop out from the inside of the chassis panels or give a sharp tug and they will pop out. along the inside you’ll see more of the sound dampening material as well as the ventilated sides which allow air intake to the chassis’ front.Corsair 600QNow here is where things are going to start getting tricky. Moving over to the right side, which is normally our cable management side, pop the panel off. Once again completely padded for sound dampening. Look inside and boom it’s your build compartment, inverted. To some of you this may look a little strange so we’ve also included an inverted picture of the inverted chassis just to get you back on the same page with us.

Corsair 600Q      Corsair 600Q

Well hopefully now everything is a little more clear. The PSU is housed in the top of this case and share a corridor with the 5.25″ bays. There is a large cut out for cooler installation as well as four rubber grommet pass-throughs to keep things clean. There are also two large pass throughs at the bottom which will be for fans, CPU power, etc. It’s a little tricky to picture your build at first but once you get into it, it’s just another build. There are two 140mm fans included one at the front and one at the rear. There is a mesh bottom which can house two 140’s or three 120’s.

Flipping over to the opposite side of the case, this is now your cable management side. Visible are the two 5.25″ drives that share the top with the PSU. Below that you will see three 2.5″ SSD drives which are tool free if desired and the SSD’s just clip in place.Corsair 600QThere is also two slots for 3.5″ drives which are removable if needed. As you can see there is lots of room in the back for routing cables from side to side. The Corsair Carbide Inverted ATX 600Q was listed for $137USD on Amazon at the time of this review.

Corsair has brought us something a little different today in the world of chassis'. The 600Q from their Carbide Series. This is a very large series of chassis' but today we will be focusing on the 600Q. "Q" for quiet, the 600 is also available in a "C" which stands for "clear" and represents their windowed version of the 600. Now what's so different you ask? The 600 is an inverse ATX chassis, if you're still a little unsure of what that means follow along and we will walk you through the whole experience! PRE-BUILD, CONTENTS & PRICING The Corsair…

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The inverted concept of the 600Q is fun and exciting but is better served in the 600C as hiding away the inversion behind panels takes away the point of inverting in the first place. We liked the build, it was not too hard and everything came together but there is room for improvement on this chassis.

User Rating: 4.61 ( 4 votes)
  • Brian

    Wow guys I think you missed the point altogether here! The point of the inverted design is not to show off your build, it is for better air flow. If you had installed the cooler in the bottom of the case you might have then seen why the inverted build is such a good idea. You get fantastic flow through the case with no obstructions, that way you don’t have to worry about heat from the graphics card exhausting via the PSU as only a small percentage would do so. I think that in this review you have got hung up on the inverted design and have tried a conventional build in an unconventional case, go with the flow!