Corsair Carbide Quiet 600Q Chassis Review

Introduction


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.

Belgians Aid Police With Cat Pictures

After the recent events in Paris, police in Belgium have been operating to find Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris attacks. The operations came to a height on Sunday when a search of Brussels was conducted amid requests from the police for people to not post information about their activities.

So how did the internet respond? By tweeting cat pictures! The hash tag #BrusselsLockdown became awash with images of kittens as people swamped out any reports of police activity amongst a sea of kittens.

The initial tweet reads as follows:

This (roughly) translates as:

For safety, please observe the radio silence on social media regarding ongoing police operating in Brussels. Thank you

The public’s response was simply amazing with the following tweets showing that not only do they care, they will do anything to help hinder those who weren’t willing to listen.

 

 

The police even posted this message in response to the overwhelming public support for their actions:

This translates to:

For cats who helped us last night, help yourself!

With both the public and the police using social media to not only help one another but also to help calm and entertain others in a time like this it goes to show that the internet does have a good side.

Thank you to the BBC for bringing these amazingly heroic cats to light.

Thermaltake Suppressor F51 Chassis Review

Introduction


Thermaltake is one of the most recognisable names in the industry, creating countless CPU coolers, high-end power supplies, chassis and more and that’s before we even count their gaming and mobile divisions TteSports and Luxa2! One of the latest chassis in their range is the Suppressor F51, designed to offer you all the space you need for a high-end system, encased in a durable enclosure, packed with sound proofing materials, for a rig that should be seen and not heard.

Check out the product animation video below for a quick look at what the chassis has to offer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEFbZzoccMU

As you can see from the specifications, the Suppressor F51 has a lot of cooling potential, with a 200mm fan in the front, 140mm fan in the rear and room for many more in a range of configurations over the top, front, bottom, rear and left side panel. There’s room for even the biggest graphics cards on the market, as well as very large CPU air coolers.

The chassis is pretty huge, but also quite understated at the same time. It has an all-black exterior with rather rigid and thick panels on each side.

There’s a 120/140mm fan mount on the side panel, with an external magnetic dust filter for easy maintenance.

The right side panel is the same as the left, albeit without the fan mount.

The top panel has full-length ventilation, with another magnetic dust filter.

This is a silent chassis at its heart, so there are pre-installed panels on the interior that close off the top section, allowing you to remove them should you need the extra cooling.

The front panel is well equipped and has all of the usual bells and whistles, as well as a two button fan speed selector.

The front panel is pretty featureless, with a slight texture to it to add some subtle flair.

Behind the front panel, you’ll find a thick layer of sound dampening material, as well as a range of filtered covers on the 5.25″ drive bays and fan intakes.

The front fan cover flips off easily enough and has a send layer of filtering behind it for the side air intakes.

Behind that you’ll see a universal mount for 120/140mm/200mm wide fans with radiator support.

The 5.25″ drive bay covers can be moved tool-free front the front panel for quick and easy access.


Around the back, you’ll find three water/cable routing grommets, a 120/140mm fan mount, eight expansion slots and a bottom PSU mount.

Below the PSU is a slide-out and washable dust filter.

On the underside of the chassis, you’ll notice that there are two dust filters, one that slides out from the back, the other from the front, creating a full-length filter for any bottom mounted cooling and your PSU.

be quiet Pure Rock 120mm CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


By now I think everyone will have heard about be quiet! A company that is known to release excellent quality products such as PSUs, CPU coolers, fans and even recently a case. All these products are made with three things in mind – quality, performance and aesthetics. The downside to this is that the products are sometimes expensive, but they have always been most certainly worth it, as they include be quiet! fans, which have proven to be some of the best fans on the market.

Today we are going to look at the be quiet! Pure Rock, a budget 120mm fan CPU cooler for multiple sockets. It will be interesting to see how this product performs as it’s the cheapest cooler I have seen from be quiet! let’s hope that they haven’t compromised on the quality or performance.

The Box for the be quiet! Pure Rock follows the same pattern as all of the other be quiet! products we have seen. It has a very nice black background with some rather nice photos of the product. I like to see a uniform theme between products as it instantly tells you which brand the product is from and what to expect.

Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. As you can see it supports many of the Intel and AMD sockets that we’re used to, so it will fit most modern motherboards. We can also see that this cooler comes with a be quiet! PURE WINGS 2 120mm fan, which is a 1,500 rpm 12v 4-pin PWM fan, which is very quiet.

Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. One thing that is missing is a tube or sachet of thermal paste. be quiet! have actually pre applied this to the cooler which for one time application, but if you make a mistake, or want to re-seat the cooler then you are going to have to purchase more thermal paste.

Included with this cooler is also this little spanner, this helps when you are installing the cooler. Using this tool you won’t necessarily need to take the fan off the tower to install which is always good.

As always with be quiet! products you get one of their excellent fans. This is a pure wings 2 and we know from previous experiences with these that they are an excellent balance between cooling and silence.

Now this is where we forget that this is actually a cheap product from be quiet! It looks just as good quality as their high-end, high budget models. I don’t need to say too much more on the aesthetics, pictures say far more than I could ever hope to, they just look beautiful.

The tops of be quiet! coolers are always finished excellently and this one is no exception. I think that having the caps over the 4 heat pipes is an excellent idea. I know be quiet! are not the only company to implement this idea, but they certainly do it well and it adds to the overall quality and finish of the cooler.

The underside is made of CNC machined copper, which ensures the best possible thermal conductivity, as well as a little more eye candy. Unfortunately there is pre-applied thermal paste, which is great for one time use and for people who are a little unsure about applying paste but it does mean that if for whatever reason you need to take the cooler from the CPU then you will have to purchase some aftermarket thermal paste. I much prefer seeing a nice syringe of paste with a cooler rather than it being pre-applied like this. You can also see that this cooler has 4 6mm heat pipes to help dissipate the heat.

Installation for the be quiet! Pure Rock couldn’t be easier, you simply add the back plate to the motherboard using the thumb nuts to hold it in place. You then use the same 4 thumb nuts to screw in the brackets for your desired socket type, once this is done you simply add the cooler and use the provided screws and holding plate to secure your cooler.

Once the cooler is fitted, the fan does very slightly go over the top of our RAM. This isn’t much of a problem as with the be quiet! Pure Rock you are able to move the fan to the other side of the cooler, but for those who wish to have it on the same side of the RAM or have motherboards with RAM on both sides of the cooler, then you will need low profile RAM.

So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!

Ubisoft Screws Up Update for The Crew… Again!

Maintenance work is supposed to improve things and not make them worse, but the latter seems to be the situation after last weekends work on The Crew for PS4. A lot of users are getting the error code #3_5eaa9404_3 that implies a corrupt save game and prevents the user from playing the game.

This isn’t the first time this has been an issue either for Ubisoft and their PS4 version of The Crew. Both in July and December users experienced the same problems according to a 250+ post forum thread on the official support forum.

Ubisoft is simply asking all its users that experience the issue to create a support ticket and submit their details – but users report of 4-day silences on their tickets, so far.

 

Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


The Fractal Design Define series has been one of the corner stones of the chassis industry for years now. Fractal Design have always been known for the exceptional build quality, silent performance and bold looks; although this much is true of almost all the chassis’ that Fractal Design produce. With that in mind, I’m very excited to have their latest iteration at my disposal today, the Fractal Design Define R5; the latest flag-ship chassis from the legendary Swedish manufacturer.

The Define R5 has been a long time coming, it was just over two years ago that I reviewed the Define R4. As much as I love the Define R4, two years is a long time and PC hardware has already changed a lot in that time; it will be interesting to see how Fractal Design have tweaked and improves the design to reflect that.

The Define R5 comes equipped with two 5.25″ drive bays, eight 2.5″/3.5″ bays and two 2.5″ drive mounts behind the motherboard; there’s no doubt that this chassis can handle a lot of storage. You’ll find room for mini-ITX, Micro ATX and most importantly, ATX motherboards. Combine this with room for graphics card of up to 310mm with the hard drive cages installed, or 440mm with them removed, up to 35mm of cable routing space, PSUs of up to 300mm and a whole lot more; the Fractal Design Define R5 is certainly capable of housing an ultra high-end system.

The chassis keeps the bold design that Fractal Design are known for. There are a few vents on the left side of the front panel to allow air into the chassis. The case is sealed up pretty tight to help keep any unwanted noises as muted as possible, but there’s a removable side panel cover, behind which you’ll find an optional side panel fan mount.

The right side panel is a blank panel, but you’ll notice even more ventilation on the right edge of the front panel. Both the left and right side panels are held in place by a pair of thumb screws.

The I/O panel is really nicely designed, you’ve got a pair of HD audio jacks and four USB ports; so connectivity shouldn’t be a problem. There’s a small reset button recessed into the top, a nicely designed power button and the top of the front panel is cut away for a recessed power LED.

The front panel features a thick layer of high-quality sound dampening material. The front door panel has been designed with a dual hinge, allowing you to open it from either the left or the right; it’s up to you.

Tucked away in the top left corner you’ll find a three speed fan control switch; you can connect up to three fans to this. The 5.25″ drive bay covers are removable from the front for easy access.

There is large high-quality dust filter in the front that can be easily removed. Behind this you’ll find a high quality 140mm fan with room for an additional 140mm fan below it.

There is another 140mm installed in the back of the chassis, although you could swap this out for a 120mm fan if you wanted to. There are elongated screw holes to allow height adjustment of your fan or radiator; this is great for preventing conflicts with other components or the chassis itself. There are seven expansion slots, each fitted with a reusable and ventilated metal cover.

This is one of my favourite features of the Define R5. The bottom dust filter covers all the way from the back of the PSU to the front of the chassis. The thing I like most is that the filter can be slid out from the front of the chassis, meaning you don’t have to pull the chassis out from under your desk to get to the filter! It’s amazing how many chassis manufacturers do this the other way around.

Win A NZXT H630 Ultra-Tower Chassis

Today sees NZXT unveiling their latest product; the H630 Ultra-Tower chassis. Being at the forefront of technology, we made sure to team up with leading manufacturer NZXT to give one lucky reader the chance to win this new addition to their product lineup.

The new H630 has been designed to provide users with high-performing systems while keeping audio levels to a minimum due to the high-density sound dampening design that doesn’t affect its cooling performance. Check out our recent news article for full details here.

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