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Corsair Carbide 600C Closer Look:

The lightweight side door is hinged at the rear and easily lifts off the hinges if you need to remove it entirely. The door handle and latch assembly are integrated into the door frame. The latch is easy to operate and securely holds the door closed. Pictured is the back side of the latch assembly. It is held in with four plastic tabs and easily pops out for cleaning. I really like the hinged door. Removable side panels are fine, but if the screws aren't retained, I often misplace them. And then when I remove the panel and lean it up against something, it seems to get knocked over. The hinged side door takes care of those problems.

 

 

From the front view, what stands out is the compartment or chamber across the top for the power supply. It is actually in two pieces, which we will see in more detail shortly. Also, what you can't see is that there are two hard drive bays behind the cover. Again, after working with cases that have the motherboard mounted in what I will call the standard orientation, it is odd to see the layout for an inverse-ATX. As we flip the case around to the back view, now you can see the two hard drive bays next to the grommet at the upper left. Just above the cutout in the motherboard tray, there are three detatchable mounts for solid state drives. There are plenty of grommeted holes for cable routing, and two non-grommeted holes at the bottom, just below the motherboard cutout.

 

 

Here is a view of the front of the case with the front fascia removed. You can see the front filter in place and the space for the top two optical drives. With the front filter panel removed, you can see the two included 140mm 3-pin fans. There is support for dual 120mm or 140mm fans (shown), as well as a 240mm or 280mm radiator.

 

 

The front filter locks into place with two tabs at the bottom and one latch at the top, and it also uses small magnets, one on each side to help hold it in place against the front frame to ensure a good seal. The next picture is of the inside of the front fascia panel. Not terribly glamorous, but you can see how it is hollow for front air inlet passage. At the top are the block off plates for the two optical drive bays.

 

 

Looking in at the upper left of the case, there are the two included 140mm intake fans. They pull fresh air in through the side-vented front fascia in an effort to dampen sound while maintaining airflow. The next picture shows how large the openings are on the sides of the front fascia. There should be no problem with air flow. These vents are on both sides and travel from the bottom all the way up to the optical drive bays.

 

 

Now to a better look at the two tool-free 3.5" rear-loading hard drive trays. Both of these plastic trays are located within the primary chamber to help control the acoustics. I have them pulled out partially for a clearer view. There are also holes for mounting a solid state drive in each tray, so you have an option of using SSDs or HDDs.

 

Speaking of solid state drives, as they become more affordable and mainstream, cases are making more room for them. And that is fairly easy given their small size. The 600C has three detatchable mounts behind the motherboard tray. So if you go all solid state, the 600C can handle two in the rear load drive bays, and three here behind the motherboard, for a total of five.

 

 

This is the area at the top covered up by what Corsair calls the Drive and PSU Shield. This creates the top chamber that houses the PSU, two drive bays, and the bulk of the wiring from the PSU. It is in two pieces and is fairly easy to remove. When it is removed, it allows access to the chamber and also the rear of the optical drive bays. This is a nice idea to help reduce noise and improve - well, practically eliminate - cable clutter.

 

 

The power supply installs from the rear via this mounting plate. This is a departure from the usual method of installing it from inside the case and makes changing the PSU a little bit easier.

 

The bottom of the case is entirely vented and, of course, protected from dust invasion by the large filter panel we saw on the previous page. With the PSU mounted at the top of the case, we have the bottom freed up for up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans. As for liquid cooling, there is space for a 280mm or 360mm radiator. Not many cases this size can do that. Looking toward the rear, the wide nature of the case allows for a fairly large open rectangular vent above the included 140mm exhasut fan.

 

 

Here is a little better view of the top chamber with the shield removed. Access to the rear of the optical drive bays is unimpeded. This space goes a long way toward keeping the cables out of the way, which allows for a much cleaner build. And then we have a shot of the case stripped down and ready to start the build.

 

 

Inside the hardware box are an array of screws for the motherboard, fans, and SSD and ODD installations. And of course, a few cable ties.

 

The instruction set is very clear and easy to follow, which is typical with Corsair. This book-style manual is thick with 88 pages and it is rather detailed. In fact, this is probably one of the best manuals I have seen and it covers seven languages.

 

 

Now we can test fit the motherboard. No issues getting it installed. The Noctua D14 is right at home, and the added case depth leaves plenty of room for tall coolers up to 200mm. Running the cables was also not a problem. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the inverse-ATX layout, but during the assembly, I found it to be a positive experience. The inverse-ATX design allows for a clean build and less time spent on cable management. It may take a little while to get use to the upside down GEFORCE GTX on the GPU, but if that is all I have to worry about, I am doing just fine.

 




  1. Corsair Carbide 600C Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Corsair Carbide 600C Closer Look: The Case
  3. Corsair Carbide 600C Closer Look: Working Components
  4. Corsair Carbide 600C Specifications & Features
  5. 7orsair Carbide 600C Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Corsair Carbide 600C Conclusion
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