First off it is great to see a new case from Corsair. I am a huge fan of Corsair cases so seeing something new from them is always exciting. The 600Q is definitely something different from them, as I said in the introduction of this review it is the first inverted-ATX case that I know of from Corsair. Of course you wouldn’t know that since the 600Q has a very sleek and minimalistic design.
The Carbide Series 600Q takes on the other quiet cases out there, that was the whole idea behind the case. I think that they’ve done a tremendous job in that respect. The sleek design fits in that category and all of the sound dampening material keeps your system nice and quiet. When we had our system power on we could barely hear it. Corsair has also made the case not as deep as other cases, which I actually like.
While the case is quiet is still has more than enough room for ample cooling. There are three 140 mm fans included with the case with room for two more. The case does have the three fan controller too so you can turn down the fans when you are doing less intensive tasks. You can also fit in a 360 mm radiator on the bottom of the case, a 240 mm radiator on the front and a 140 mm radiator on the rear if need be.
Inside you have room for up to 5 hard drives, which we feel is more than enough storage for most people. This gives you the ability to install five 2.5-inch hard drives or three 2.5-inch hard drives and two 3.5-inch hard drives. The three 2.5-inch hard drive trays offer tool-less installation, which makes your install ever easier. Talking about installation it couldn’t be easier, during our installation we did not encounter a single issue. Corsair also does a great job with their installation guide, it is actually readable, unlike most.
Now if I were to nitpick the installed fans could have had their power connections on the correct side for easier cable routing. As I said earlier this is not a major deal, but proper installation saves the user time as many people will want to rotate them for a cleaner build. Also the bottom of the motherboard sits very close to the 3.5-inch hard drive trays. If you have a lot of headers to connect this could make things a little more difficult.
Keep in mind there are two versions of this case. The one we reviewed is the 600Q, which of course has all of the sound dampening properties. The 600C lacks these properties, but has a clear side panel so you can show off your components inside. Both of these cases will retail for $149.99.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Carbide Series 600Q Case a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Sleek design
– Sound dampening materials throughout
– Three fans included + fan controller
– Room for 5 hard drives
– Tool-less installation of hard drives and optical drives
– Ample room for water cooling
– Easy installation
– Fans installed with power cables going the wrong direction
– ATX motherboards will sit very close to the 3.5-inch hard drive trays making header installation harder