Corsair Introduces Carbide 600 Series Inverted ATX Enclosures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2015 - 05:00 PM |
Tagged: silent case, quiet computing, inverted motherboard, corsair, Carbide 600Q, Carbide 600C, atx case

Corsair has announced a new model in their Carbide lineup with the 600Q and 600C enclusures, both of which feature an inverted motherboard design - a first from Corsair.

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The Corsair Carbide 600C

The two models share the same basic design, though the 600Q is optimized for silence with sound-deadening material (and a solid side panel), while the 600C offers a very large side-panel window for more style when silence is at less of a premium. Both versions use Corsair's AF140L 140 mm fans for cooling, which are connected to an external 3-speed fan controller to easily adjust based on cooling/noise needs.

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The Corsair Carbide 600Q top I/O and fan controller

"Unlike many PC cases which demand enthusiasts choose between noisy, high-airflow ventilation or low-noise, restricted airflow designs, the 600Q and 600C are able to deliver the best of both. The distinctive inverted-ATX internal design places the heat producing components in the direct airflow pathway of the two AF140L 140mm intake fans and single AF140L 140mm exhaust fan, providing powerful and efficient cooling, with extra wide vents ensuring unimpeded airflow.

Specially tuned for low-noise operation, the 600Q and 600C’s three included fans have been redesigned for excellent airflow at lower noise levels, with an integrated external 3-speed fan controller allowing users to reduce the fan RPM, further lowering noise with a minimal impact on cooling performance. The result is a no-compromise approach to cooling that delivers fantastic system temperatures at extremely low noise levels.

The 600Q dedication to low-noise continues well beyond fan speeds. High density sound deadening material fitted in the front panel, side panels, and roof works to further mute system noise and ensure that the 600Q is as quiet as it is beautiful."

The Carbide 600 enclosures have an unobtrusive steel constuction, and the hinged front panel opens to reveal a pair of 5.25" optical drive bays. The interior features includes a PSU/drive bay cover to help keep things looking clean (especially for the windowed 600C version), and support for up to a 280 mm liquid cooler up front, and up to 360 mm on the bottom.

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The Carbide 600C with hinged door open

Here are some of the specs and features from Corsair:

  • Inverse-ATX Layout: With this new layout, airflow is easily directed at the hottest devices in your system; the GPU and CPU, and not wasted on drive cages.
  • Sound Damping Throughout (600Q only): Keep your system quiet and cool with high-density sound damping material on side panels, front panel, and top panels.  It’s so quiet, you’ll find yourself wondering if your PC is even powered on.
  • Hinged and Latched Full Side Panel Window (600C only): Easily access your components with a single touch – and when closed, enjoy viewing every part of your build through the full size side panel window.
  • Steel Exterior: Get rid of those plastic cases – the 600Q and 600C have full steel exterior panels for extra durability and gorgeous good looks.
  • Three Included AF140L fans: Great airflow doesn’t have to be noisy – the three AF140L fans can push large amounts of air across your hottest devices without that annoying fan hum, and the three-speed fan controller lets you decide exactly how fast they run.
  • PSU and 5.25” Bay Cover: Clean up the inside of your case by tucking all those cables and less-attractive drives behind a clean, refined PSU and 5.25” bay cover. Or remove them for assembly – it’s up to you.
  • Watercooling Ready: Fit up to a 280mm radiator up front and up to a 360mm radiator on the bottom – along with a 140mm rear fan mount.
  • Easy to Clean: Easily access dust filters on front and bottom meaning you’ll never spend more than a minute getting dust out of your system.
  • Easy to Build: Tool-free drive installation, tool-free side panel access, and tons of cable routing options and tie downs means you can spend less time building your PC and more time using it.

The Carbide 600Q and 600C will be available in this month, and both models carry an MSRP of $149.99.

Source: Corsair

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December 8, 2015 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

BTX part 2?

December 9, 2015 | 04:32 AM - Posted by Jann5s

I'm still eagerly awaiting something like BTX, for mini-itx builds, the atx layout doesn't make sense, the GPU is always cramped against the edge of the case (some cases excluded). In a dream which will never happen I dreamed about a PCI-E connector on the back of the mobo, at 90º angle, such that the GPU can sit parallel to the mobo with total air freedom. I'll just keep dreaming....

December 9, 2015 | 04:55 AM - Posted by Grov (not verified)

Just buys PCI-E riser and your dream will come true.

December 9, 2015 | 09:36 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

" In a dream which will never happen I dreamed about a PCI-E connector on the back of the mobo, at 90º angle, such that the GPU can sit parallel to the mobo with total air freedom."

Not on the back, but check out Asus' View PAKER board, and Biostar's Hi-Fi B85 PIO

December 9, 2015 | 12:41 PM - Posted by Jann5s

thx for the tips guys, indeed, risers are a great tools for this, and you see more and more small form factor cases having the GPU parallel with the mobo by using a riser-cable. Personally, I like the Lian-Li PC-05S. Searching a bit more, I even found a forum post of a guy who benchmarked various risers (up to 50cm) and found no measurable difference (search for Show4Pro at overclocker.net).

December 8, 2015 | 11:19 PM - Posted by Tehderk

Darn cool, but I doubt I'd buy it owing to the fact that it would be pointing the wrong direction on my desk, and i still think my 850D has a few more rebuilds left in it before i decide to replace it. The downside of computer cases being so nicely constructed is that less of them end up being sold lol, I remember my old apevia xdreamer and how it just screamed,"RETIRE ME NOWWWW!" with its blue lights and scratched plastics.....

December 9, 2015 | 12:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Reptilicus dropped a few tabs and tore up the CBD!

December 9, 2015 | 02:44 AM - Posted by Hakuren

I could scream in joy - Yes finally some reversed ATX from "cheap-vendor". Make no mistake I love my CaseLabs reversed ATX, but for place where case get sometimes literally abused cheap-o-steel is better option (and I need one just for the task).

Unfortunately... It's very lousy storage wise and from pictures it looks like only 30mm radiator is compatible with bottom mount, which is kind of deal breaker for me. My personal preference is to run multiport 45mm rad for easy peasy drainage.

600 series looks like made for only AIOs?!? Waiting for bigger brother or sister to this one.

December 9, 2015 | 03:16 AM - Posted by Prodeous

I find the title kind of funny. The "inverted" desing. Didn't we originally start with CPU at the bottom during AT times? or earlier? Even excluding the BTX, there were other cases that had this.

Either way, I like the design.

December 9, 2015 | 08:06 AM - Posted by Chr1s2k (not verified)

Would mounting the radiator in the bottom be a bad idea? Since heat rises would it tend to stay near the CPU block in the picture?

December 9, 2015 | 10:33 AM - Posted by JohnGR

All logos on graphics cards, motherboards reverse, all cooling systems designed to work from bottom to up will not work as good, and plenty of fans that do what exactly? A total mess just to be different. On the other hand it will be great for putting the case in that left empty corner.

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