We review the new Carbide Series Clear 600C from Corsair. This new chassis in the Carbide series is fairly unique in design as it makes use of a reversed ATX form factor.
Corsair's Carbide Series 600C is an ATX full tower with a twist. Corsair designed this case with an "inverse ATX" interior layout, meaning the motherboard tray is on the left side of the case and the power supply is mounted at the top. Corsair claims this approach keeps the hardware inside the case cooler. Along with the inverted design, Corsair set out to create a "beautifully minimal modern layout" that's easy to build in.
What Corsair aspires to do with the new Corsair Carbide 600C is crystal clear, to create a beautiful minimal modern PC layout, yet allowing you to display all the beasts caged within in full view through the giant transparent side panel. Conceal your cables with cleverly-positioned tie downs and routing grommets. The PSU and drive bays are concealed behind removable covers, so you have a choice of showing off your pretty PSU or keeping a low profile, so they don’t start hating when they see you rolling.
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 454 x 260 x 535mm, Maximum GPU Length: 395mm, Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 200mm, Maximum PSU Length: 220mm, Expansion Slots: 8
- Hinged and latched full side panel window
- 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.
- Three included AF140L fans, PSU and 5.25" bay cover & Watercooling ready
- Compatible Motherboard: EATX (12" x 10.6"), ATX, MicroATX, Mini ITX
This means the 8-pin EPS connector ends up at the bottom of the case and the USB and audio headers are up at the top. Corsair has moved the power supply housing from the traditional location at the bottom of the case to a chamber at the top.
There are two 140mm fans at the front and one 140mm fan at the rear, which is a conventional layout, however the space that is available for a liquid cooler is in the floor of the case as the roof is occupied by the power supply. It is intended that these three fans will be connected to the three-way three-speed fan controller that is operated by a switch that is just behind the Power button.
The front-panel I/O block is positioned at the top of the case, which might make reaching those ports easier for users who place their PCs on the floor. The steel top panel features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, the power button, and the reset button. The top panel also houses a three-speed switch for the case's built-in fan controller. This controller comes with three headers for case fans. While we prefer motherboard fan control when it's available, it's good to see Corsair has the back of folks without capable mobos.
The rear of the case looks just like a standard ATX full tower once we get used to its inverted layout. The left panel echoes the minimalist front panel. It's a sleek steel cover that's affixed to the case with a pair of thumb screws. A 140-mm exhaust fan moves air away from the CPU socket area. This fan mount is also compatible with 140-mm radiators.
The cooling options are decent with options for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans in the front of the 600C. The bottom of the chassis also offers the same mounting options except that it can take a third 120mm fan while the rear of the chassis offers only one location for either sized fan. As for the top of the chassis, as well as either side of this design, there are no offerings for additional air flow in any of these three locations. Corsair does ship the 600C to your door with a pair of 140mm fans in the front as well as a matching 140mm fan for the back, so ample air flow is provided right out of the box. If you have plans to water cool things in this chassis, you can go as large as 280mm in the front, 140mm in the rear, and even a 360mm radiator on the floor.
Quiet. Cool. Gorgeous. A massive panoramic window panel gives you a wide view of your high-powered components. The entire door panel opens with one effortless touch, for complete access to all your hardware.
Even though the Corsair Carbide 600C is the first inverted motherboard layout case designed by Corsair, they really engineered it to be among the best. The Corsair Carbide 600C did away with plastic, forging full steel front and top panels for extra durability. The Corsair Carbide 600C could very well be the best PC case Corsair ever made.
Technical specification :
Dimensions (L x W x H): 454 x 260 x 535mm
- Maximum GPU Length: 395 mm
- Maximum CPU Cooler Height: 200mm
- Maximum PSU Length: 220 mm
- Expansion Slots: 8
- 5.25” Drive bays: 2
- 3.5” Hard Drive Bays: 2
- 2.5” Drive Bays: 3
- Fans included: 3 x AF140L noise optimized 140mm fans.
- Front: 2 x 140/120 mm (2 x 140mm included)
- Bottom: 2 x 140, 3 x 120mm
- Rear: 1 x 140mm (included)
- 360mm: Bottom
- 280mm: Front or Bottom
- 240mm: Front or Bottom
- 140mm: Front, Bottom, or Rear
- 120mm: Front, Bottom, or Rear
- Dust filters for front and bottom intakes
- Front I/O Panel includes: USB 3.0 port (2), USB 2.0 port (2), three speed fan controller, Headphone and Microphone jacks, Power on and Reset buttons.
- Motherboard compatibility: EATX (12” x 10.6”), ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX.