Corsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Tower

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TEST RESULTS

System Measurements: Two Fans, CPU + GPU Load
Avg. System
Fan Speed
810 RPM (60%)
720 RPM
(50%)
580 RPM
(40%)
580 RPM (40%, no filter)
GPU Fan Speed*
1120 RPM
(42%)
1170 RPM
(43%)
CPU Temp
54°C
55°C
55°C
55°C
MB Temp
40°C
42°C
43°C
36°C
SSHD Temp
31°C
32°C
32°C
32°C
GPU Temp
80°C
76°C
System Power (AC)
352W
354W
354W
351W
24 dBA
23~24 dBA
23 dBA
*set as low as possible to maintain target GPU temperature on load.
CPU fan at 60% (800 RPM).
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

Operating with just the two pre-installed fans, a system fan speed of 40% produces the quietest result under our testing parameters, 23 [email protected] with the GPU fans at 43% speed. System fan speeds of 50% and 60% garner only negligible temperature improvements and barely affect how well the video card is cooled, allowing the GPU fans to relax by just 1% to keep the GPU at our 80°C target, and the net result is a noisier machine.

Removing the front filter causes a 7°C drop in motherboard temperature while the GPU cools by 4°C. This sounds significant but it's actually a relatively small difference compared to cases with more restrictive filters. It's also notable that the CPU is not effected by this change at all, possibly because it's supplementing its intake airflow by using the vents at the bottom of the case.

System Measurements: Two vs. Three Fans, CPU + GPU Load
(80°C GPU Temp)
Fan Configuration
Two Fans
Three Fans
Avg. System
Fan Speed
720 RPM
(50%)
580 RPM
(40%)
720 RPM
(50%)
580 RPM
(40%)
GPU Fan Speed*
1120 RPM
(42%)
1170 RPM
(43%)
1010 RPM
(40%)
1120 RPM
(42%)
CPU Temp
55°C
55°C
54°C
54°C
MB Temp
42°C
43°C
43°C
44°C
SSHD Temp
32°C
System Power (AC)
354W
354W
354W
353W
23~24 dBA
23 dBA
23~24 dBA
23 dBA
*set as low as possible to maintain target GPU temperature on load.
CPU fan at 60% (800 RPM).
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

Adding the third fan generates almost identical results as the stock configuration. There's less thermal stress on the GPU, allowing its fans to slow down slightly but the noise of the extra fans offsets any overall acoustic benefit. The third fan is superfluous for our testing configuration/parameters.

The noise produced by this system does not differ much from those generated during our baseline tests. Most of the added noise emitted by the GPU fans and higher CPU fan speed is fairly evenly distributed from about 170 to 2300 Hz. It does sound less high pitched and more pleasant than the case fans alone producing an equivalent SPL.

Comparison

Case Comparison: System Measurements
(CPU + GPU Load, 80°C GPU Temp at 22°C Ambient)
Case
SilverStone FT05
Antec S10
Corsair 600Q
Fractal Define S
NZXT Source 530
CM Silencio 652S
Avg. System
Fan Speed
2 x 500 RPM
4 x 80%
580 RPM
(2 x 40%)
630 RPM
(2 x 60%)
800 RPM
(2 x 50%)
550 RPM
(4 x 40%)
GPU Fan
Speed
1000 RPM
1050 RPM
1170 RPM
1120 RPM
1220 RPM
1120 RPM
CPU Temp
53°C
56°C
55°C
60°C
59°C
62°C
MB Temp
36°C
42°C
43°C
45°C
44°C
45°C
SSHD Temp
33°C
35°C
32°C
35°C
38°C
32°C
21~22 dBA
22 dBA
23 dBA
23 dBA
23~24 dBA
24 dBA
Volume
46 L
86 L
63 L
58 L
61 L
57 L
Street Price
(USD)
$185
$320
$150
$80
$90
$105

The Carbide 600Q is among the best performing cases we've tested, only bested cleanly by the SilverStone Fortress FT05 and Antec Signature S10. It ties the Fractal Define S in measured noise but holds a consistent advantage in system cooling, especially the CPU, which runs 5°C cooler. It does cost almost twice as much however and is larger than most ATX towers.



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