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Corsair Carbide 600C Review


Corsair Carbide 600C Closer Look:

Standing at about 18 inches high, the Carbide 600C looks more like a mid-tower case, but it is in fact a full-tower case, capable of handling a full-sized ATX motherboard. At first glance, the case is fairly simple, and being 10 inches wide and 18 inches deep, it is not too far off from being a cube case. Absent are any front facing vents or filter panels - the front is flat and there is only a single optical drive access door. The painted finish is evenly applied and is not glossy, so reflections are kept to a minimum and fingerprints and smudges are not as obvious (but still easy to clean up). The side panel is rather reflective and it was hard to get a straight shot of it, so the angled shot is the best way to show it.



The clear side window is huge and pretty much goes from the front of the case all the way to the rear edge, so you have an unobstructed view of all your internals. The optical drive access door has a sound insulating pad on the back side and is held closed with tiny magnets embedded into the door frame. The hinge appears to be a pivot or Harmon-style hinge (with two pivot points), which basically allows the door to "swing clear" into a pocket at a right angle to the door frame. And with the door open, you can see that there are two optical drive bays available.



At the bottom of the case, we have four nice rectangular feet that each have a rubber insert. There is about an inch and a half of clearance under the case, so airflow from the bottom should be no problem - unless you still have that 3" shag carpet from the 70s. There is also a fine mesh filter panel that is easily removable. Rather than use plastic channels and clips to lock and hold the filter in place, there is simply a series of round bosses around the perimeter that slightly protrude, and in each boss there are three tiny magnets. If you look closely, you can see the trio of magnets around the outside of the frame. On the case bottom, there are corresponding round depressions for each boss, so that the bosses line up with the depressions, and the filter panel snaps into the proper location and is held firmly in place.



On top of the case is where the I/O panel is located. Everything is contained within a glossy black strip at the front, left corner of the case. Starting at the top of the panel is the reset button. It is located at the opposite end of the start button, so accidental resets are eliminated. Next to the reset button are two USB 2.0 ports, followed by two familiar blue USB 3.0 ports. Next are the microphone and headphone jacks.  Then there is a three-position fan speed slider switch that can control up to three fans of the 3-pin variety. And finally we have the HDD activity LED and the illuminated start button. The HDD activity and start button illumination are both white LEDs.

Looking at the rear of the case, starting at the top, there is a mounting plate for the top-mounted PS, which we will talk about later. Moving down, there are eight expansion slots with a generously vented section just to the left of the slots. Next, there is the cutout for the motherboard I/O panel and the included rear 140mm case exhaust fan at the lower left. There are mounting provisions for a 120mm rear exhaust fan too.



Now we are ready to open the case up and see what is inside!

  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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