Corsair Carbide Series 600Q EATX Case Review
"Minimalist style" and "minimalist noise," is how Corsair describes its new Carbide Series 600Q computer chassis. While some might prefer a case that looks like it was designed by Voltron, Corsair goes the opposite direction with the 600Q and is looking to check all the boxes that make a chassis desirable; easy to use, quiet, and cool.
Today we are reviewing Corsair's Carbide Series 600Q mid-tower PC case, according to PC Hound it is currently selling for $150. Corsair is famous for its memory products, but as you likely know, the company has branched out in recent years with its cooling line, power supplies, SSDs, audio components, keyboards and mice and, of course, computer cases. Put it this way, if you call yourself an enthusiast, not only have you heard of Corsair, you've likely owned one or more of its products.
Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.
Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.
The subject of today's evaluation is the newest member of Corsair's Carbide Series, the 600Q. The Carbide Series 600 comes in two versions; the "C" version (which stands for clear) comes with a window and the "Q" version (which stands for quiet) which you see here today. This is also Corsair's first chassis with an inverted ATX layout.
According to the company product page:
"The Carbide Series Clear 600C and Quiet 600Q comprise an especially major launch for Corsair. This case was developed specifically to enter a competitive marketplace and deliver superior acoustic and thermal performance, designed from the top-down to deliver the best user experience possible with a host of new and modern features. While the 600C is geared to be more splashy with its full side panel window, the 600Q was tested aggressively against top-selling cases to ensure our design was best in class. When we tested noise levels, we didn’t just test overall levels, we tested the frequency of the system noise."
Now that we have heard what the company has to say about the newest editions to the Carbide Series, let's jump right in and see what this chassis has to offer.
The Corsair Carbide Series 600Q arrived in its bare product packaging with a few bumps and bruises but the case itself showed no signs of damage. The overall package measurements are 22"H x 23.5"L x 13.5"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams.
As with most recent cases from Corsair, the company decided against all the flashy packaging and slick graphics, instead opting for plain cardboard packaging with product information, name, and company logo all printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a black cloth bag and held in place by Styrofoam inserts.