Corsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Tower

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Corsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Tower

December 19, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Corsair Carbide 600Q
ATX Tower Case

The last two Corsair Carbide cases we examined, the 500R and the Air 240, were marketed as heavily ventilated enthusiast cases and certainly looked the part. The 600Q is surprisingly nondescript by comparison, adopting an almost featureless minimalist aesthetic with smooth clean lines, and noise damping material, in the same vein as many of Fractal Design's cases. And like Fractal's Define series, a windowed version is available in the 600C, though it's arguably more snazzy than most such cases as its transparent panel stretches from edge to edge.

The Carbide 600Q.

As our site focuses on quiet computing, Corsair supplied us with the less sexy 600Q. Without the window to glam it up, the 600Q is not particularly attractive, though that's probably due to its unusual dimensions which take some getting used to. Compared to a typical ATX tower, it's rather tall (~21 inches) and wide (~10 inches) but also surprisingly shallow (~18 inches). The exterior has a pleasant matte black finish and a plain aesthetic design with the only visible features being a front I/O panel featuring a fan controller, a 5.25 inch drive door, and almost completely open intake vents along the sides of the front bezel.

Airflow scheme.

Conventional orientation.

Most of the magic is on the inside. As I mentioned earlier, it has substantial front ventilation and this airflow is not restricted by any obstructions as there are no drive cages in the way. Front fans can blow unimpeded over the motherboard and video card in a similar fashion to the Fractal Define S and NZXT S340. It also has an "inverse" motherboard orientation, that is to say the board is positioned upside-down compared to standard convention, though it's not clear exactly why this is a superior way to go. Hot air rises after all, and the graphics card is the hottest component in most high-end systems. This layout means the CPU should heat up the GPU rather than the other way around.

Corsair's airflow diagram looks flawed, depicting an AIO CPU cooler with its radiator mounted to the front of the case and fans blowing inward. The heat coming off the processor is transferred to the radiator and then blown back inside. Ignoring this aspect of the image, it should be noted that if you flip the case around into a standard orientation, everything works exactly the same. If anything, it makes more sense that way with the hot air going out the top rather than underneath.

Box and case.


Corsair doesn't pay too much attention to their packaging, shipping the 600Q in a vanilla cardboard box with minimal decoration. The accessories are packed inside two smaller boxes inside the chassis. The larger of the two contains an extra 140 mm fan and mounting screws along with a note stating that "the 600Q is super quiet and cool with just two fans... but here's an extra one in case you want a little more cooling." The other box holds the remaining screws separated into individual bags along with a few zip-ties.

Specifications: Corsair Carbide 600Q/C
(from the product web page)
Warranty Two years
Weight 10 kg
Form Factor Full-Tower
Dimensions 454 mm x 260 mm x 535 mm
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, E-ATX
Max. GPU Length 370 mm
Max. CPU Cooler Height 200 mm
Max. PSU Length 210 mm
Expansion Slots 8
Drive Bays (x2) 5.25 in
(x2) 3.5 in
(x3) 2.5 in
Material Steel
Power Supply ATX (not included)
External Connections (x2) USB 3.0
(x2) USB 2.0
Fan Controller
(x1) Headphone Port
(x1) Microphone Port
Fan Mount Locations Front: (x2) 120/140mm
Bottom: (x3) 120mm or (x2) 140mm
Rear: (x1) 120/140mm
Fans Included Front: (x2) 140mm
Rear: (x1) 140mm
Radiator Mount Locations Front: 280mm
Rear: 140mm
Bottom: 360mm
Compatible Corsair Liquid Coolers H55, H60, H75, H80i, H90, H100i, H105, H110

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