Corsair may have been a little quiet in terms of chassis releases recently, but it’s because they’ve been busy cooking up something big! Their new chassis, the Corsair Carbide 600Q is designed for high-end systems and comes packed full of features that are sure to put a smile on any system builders face. With a focus on compatibility for high-end components, which are often quite large, without making a compromise on style or acoustic performance; we’re eager to take a closer look at what the latest from Corsair has to offer.
There are two models available for the new 600 chassis, a windowed model, and a quiet model. We have the quiet model at our disposal today, which comes with solid side panels that are lined with noise dampening materials. It’s certainly nice to have a choice between showing off your rig and that extra bit of silence, which one is best suited for your build is really a personal choice. For the most part, however, the quiet version is all but the same, with the exception of the right side panel.
Equipped with an inverted ATX layout, a great solution to allow direct airflow across you hardware, especially your graphics cards. There’s a good range of fan mounts for both 120mm and 140mm spacings, as well as a three-speed integrated fan controller, allowing you to further tune the systems cooling performance and acoustics. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of room for water cooling hardware, a good amount of storage drives, an ATX motherboard, long graphics cards and more!
Two 140mm fans come pre-installed, but you’ll also find a most welcome bonus fan for those who feel their system needs that extra bit of airflow.
Down the left side, you’ll find little to see, as the chassis has a fairly minimalist and monolithic design. Blank panels or not, the finish is quite nice and the stealthy black paint job gives off a nice premium quality vibe.
Another sturdy panel on the right side. Both left and right side panels are held in place by a pair of easy access thumb screws. Down the sides of the front panel, you’ll notice some rather large openings, which allow airflow to the front mounted fans; don’t worry, there is an air filter in there too.
The front panel shows you just how wide this chassis is; it almost looks wide enough to be a dual-chamber design! There’s a door at the top half of the chassis, hiding the 5.25″ drive bays and keeping it looking nice and sleek.
There’s little detail on the front, but the panels are very nicely finished, with a stealthy and almost metallic look to them, as well as a tiny Corsair logo in the corner being the only on-show branding for the whole chassis.
Behind the front panel door, you’ll find a nice layer of sound dampening material, which continues down the entire front panel, but can also be found on both side panels of the quiet model. There are 5.25″ drive bay covers here, perfect for optical drives, card readers and more.
Around the back we have an even clearer view of just how wide this chassis is, and it’s the first indication we’ve had of the inverted design, with the PSU mounted at the top and the motherboard flipped around and at the bottom.
There’s a removable bracket at the back to aid with mounting your PSU, although in most cases it can also be loaded through the side panel.
A pre-installed 140mm fan at the base, although there are optional mounts for a 120mm fan if you need them.
The top panel is just as bold as the rest of the chassis, with the exception of the small I/O panel running down the left side.
All the usual functions are here and self-explanatory, as well as a small mechanical switch for the three-speed fan controller.
The tall and wide chassis is given extra stability from four thick and rather durable feet, each featuring a thick rubber grip base.
Those large feet provide the 600Q with excellent ground clearance, giving airflow the bottom fan/radiator mounts, which come fitted with a full-length magnetic dust filter.
Since this is an inverted ATX chassis, the right side panel is used to access the main interior of the 600Q. As you can see, it has got a huge amount of space for your components, thanks to the fact that the hard drive bays are all located behind the motherboard area. There’s a huge CPU cooler mounting cut-out behind the motherboard, as well as a range of cable routing cut-outs and grommets, so getting a clean-looking build should be fairly effortless.
The PSU and some of the hard drive mounts are obscured using a plastic shroud at the top. This looks super sleek and stylish, but that doesn’t really matter too much unless you have the window version of the chassis and have a way to show it off.
In the rear of the chassis, there is a pre-installed 140mm fan mounted as an exhaust, although there is a lot of room here to install a radiator or AIO cooler if required.
High-quality and reusable covers are installed on each of the expansion slots, with thumb screws on each, allowing for quick installation/removal of your expansion cards.
Need extra water cooling or air cooling? There’s a good range of 120mm and 140mm spacings in the base of the chassis. Having the fans lower in the case is the best place to bring in cool air, helps reduce noise and they’ll benefit from that large dust filter on the underside of the 600Q.
There’s a single 140mm fan mounted as an intake in the front of the 600Q, Corsair say this is enough to run cool and quiet, but as you say earlier, they’ve kindly included an extra one should you need it. Of course, you can always remove this fan and install 120mm/140mm spacing radiators or fans of your choosing.
Now that we have the left side panel removed, you finally see where all of the storage bays are! At the top, we’ve got a large cut-out behind the shroud for an ATX PSU and a good amount of excess cables.
In the top right, you’ll find a pair of 5.25″ drive bays, each fitted with a tool-free locking mechanism, and two tool-free 3.5″ drive trays just below that; although you can mount 2.5″ drives in them also.
Three 2.5″ drive mounts with a simple tool-free slide-in mechanism are suspended behind the motherboard, so they take up very little room within the chassis. This is a great way to free up space in the front of the chassis, allowing for longer graphics cards, larger radiators and more.
Two large cut-outs here are perfectly located for passing through to the top of the motherboard (which sits at the bottom of the chassis), as well as any base mounted cooling.
All of the rubber grommets are of a high-quality, with a large design that allow for easy pass-through of quite a lot of cables, so cable routing shouldn’t be an issue at all, even for a first-time system builder.
This is added to even further by the fact that there’s a simply huge amount of space for excess cables, as well as plentiful cable tie loops to help you keep things neat and tidy.
The front panel can be removed by pulling on the base of it firmly, behind which you’ll find another thick layer of sound-dampening materials, as well as the front panel dust filter.
It’s not the most easily accessible filter, but being behind a thick door helps reduce noise from the fans and there’s certainly nothing wrong with having an air filter.
Behind the motherboard, the SSD drive bays work perfectly. Just slide the drive into the mount and it locks firmly into place with ease, allowing you to get on with the rest of your build
The power supply locks into place easily enough; I was able to slide it in from the side of the chassis, then simply screw it into place. There’s a lot of room behind it for cable management too, although with the extra space behind the motherboard it’s barely needed.
The end result of moving all those hard drive bays, the power supply and the vast amounts of cable routing space to behind the motherboard means that this build looks super clean, if a little empty. Of course, all that free space is perfectly located, especially if you’re eager to install a few large water cooling radiators, or even just some of the larger AIO coolers on the market.
The chassis is quite wide, so for those of you looking for an air-cooled build, often the quietest type of build, you’ll find room in here for even the biggest air cooling towers on the market.
The GPU height is nicely located to benefit from the pre-installed 140mm fan in the front of the chassis.
The Sapphire 270X Tri-X Toxic is far from being a small GPU, but in this 600Q is looks relatively tiny; you should have no trouble fitting any card on the market in this chassis.
There’s a lot of free space around the motherboard, something that is going to prove appealing to the modding and water cooling crowd. It’s also great to see that all cable routing grommets are located in practical areas, preventing unwanted cable-trail throughout the chassis. This does help greatly with aesthetics, but it’s also a vital component in allowing unhindered airflow throughout the system.
All panels back in place and you wouldn’t know that there’s a high-end gaming system built inside it. It looks just as monolithic and unassuming as it did when we took it out of the box and it’s certainly an impressive chassis to look at.
The Corsair Carbide 600Q (CC-9011080-WW) and its windowed equivalent the 600C (CC-9011079-WW) should be available from most major retailers very soon, and we will endeavour to update this section with retail links as soon as we have them. Corsair has given both of the new chassis’ an MSRP of $149.99 exc. Tax, £119.99 inc. VAT and €149.99 inc. tax
The 600 is a big departure from the current crop of Corsair chassis designs, but still manages to keep a lot of the trademarks that have made the chassis series so popular with system builders. The build quality is flawless throughout and that really shines through in the visual appeal of the chassis. It may be a big and rather bold looking box, but the quality of the finish on the exterior certainly stands out, and no one is going to look at it thinking it was cheap. The minimalist design is perfectly carried out, with even little details such as the tiny Corsair logo on the front panel, designed not to spoil those clean looks.
The interior is simply amazing to work with, and it was by far one of the easiest system builds I’ve ever had to do, and I’ve done many of them in my time. The main compartment has room for a vast amount of high-end hardware without ever having to worry about compatibility. The huge cable routing grommets and some additional non-grommeted cut-outs are very well placed, meaning that all motherboard, GPU and fan cables are quickly tucked out of sight, allowing you to achieve unobstructed airflow, as well as a build that is aesthetically pleasing.
All of the storage drives, as well as the power supply, are all tucked out of sight, which frees up a lot of space for water cooling or air cooling hardware in the front of the chassis. This should also help improve the acoustic performance of the chassis and is further enhanced on the 600Q, which benefits from high-quality noise dampening materials on the interior of all the main panels, as well as low-RPM 140mm fans in the front and back; not forgetting the extra 140mm fan included in the box. If that wasn’t enough, Corsair has also fitted an easy to use three-speed fan controller to the 600, giving you the ability to dial down the noise further when working or watching a movie, but giving your system the extra airflow it needs when gaming or rendering.
The price isn’t particularly cheap, but it’s priced about where you would expect it to be given the overall specification and build quality; the market is no stranger to £100+ chassis these days and I’m happy to say the 600Q is worth every penny of the MSRP. As far as building a quiet system goes, the 600Q is certainly going to put you on the right path, but I get a feeling that the 600C model is going to be a lot more popular, as having that side panel window to show off the beautiful interior of this chassis is a temptation that’s simply hard to refuse; I may even have to retire my own Corsair 780T in favour of the 600C/Q in the near future.
- Bold and clean exterior design
- Noise dampening design
- Flawless cable management
- Excellent water/air cooling support
- Built-in fan controller
- Two 140mm fans pre-installed (with a third included for free)
- Dust filters on all major intakes
- The bold design of the 600Q may not suit everyone, but the 600C does look a lot more “gamer” friendly
“The Corsair Carbide 600Q is the perfect chassis for those looking to build a high-end system. Offering a clean and modern design, with a huge interior, exceptional cable management and whisper quiet performance, you’ll have an amazing looking and performing system in no time!”
Thank you Corsair for providing us with this sample.