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Corsair Carbide 600C Case Review

March 25th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a corsair case here at pcG and that’s a shame as they seem to be releasing a new case every other month! This time around were going to take a look at one of their bigger cases from their Carbide Series. This is the Corsair Carbide 600C.

The Carbide 600C is an unusual case in that it has a reversed motherboard design meaning that the motherboard actually sits upside down within the case. The case itself measures in at 454mm (L) x 260mm (W) x 535mm (H), supports Motherboards up to ATX size and has eight expansion slots. The 600C comes equipped with three pre-installed fans and there’s also a inbuilt fan controller too. There’s support for two 5.25″ drives three SSDs and two HDDs. There’s also room for water cooling components with both the front and rear of the case supporting radiators up to 280mm in length. Graphics Card maximum length is quoted at 395mm, CPU Cooler height at 200mm and Power Supply length at 220mm.

 

NewCorsairLogo ‘Quiet. Cool. Gorgeous. A massive panoramic window panel gives you a wide view of your high-powered components. The entire door panel opens with one effortless touch, for complete access to all your hardware. 600C allows you to create a beautifully minimal modern PC layout, in full view through the giant transparent side panel. Conceal your cables with cleverly-positioned tie downs and routing grommets. Neatly house the PSU and drive bays behind removable covers.’

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - box front Corsair Carbide 600C - box back

 

The Corsair Carbide 600C arrived at pcG in an eco friendly brown large cardboard box. The front of the box gives little away as to what lies within, with just an outline of the Case giving some clue as to its design. Corsair have also chosen to highlight the Inverse ATX Layout, Easy-Open Full Side Panel Window and the Great Cooling Right out of the Box, with Room to Grow!

The back of the box features a nice exploded view of the Carbide 600C using lettered (A through N) annotation to highlight various aspects of the Case.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - box open

 

On opening the brown cardboard box we can see that the Carbide 600C within is both nicely packaged and presented, with the main case protected by hard foam polystyrene blocks and further protected by a black soft foam bag.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - accessories

 

At the time of review, the Corsair Carbide 600C is retailing on Ebuyer for approximately £125 and comes with a 2 year warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of Corsair

Warranty Two years
Weight 10kg
Case Form Factor Full-Tower
Dimensions 454mm x 260mm x 535mm
Case Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, MicroATX, ATX, EATX (12in x 10.6in)
Maximum GPU Length 370mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height 200mm
Maximum PSU Length 210mm
Case Expansion Slots 8
Case Drive Bays (x2) 5.25in
(x2) 3.5in
(x3) 2.5in
Case Material Steel
Case 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

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

Corsair Carbide 600C

 

The first thing that strikes you about the Corsair Carbide 600C is its size, normally with a Tower Case this would refer to its height, but in this case it’s down to the width. Measuring in at 260mm wide the 600C is a really wide case and somewhat obviously the Window is now on the wrong side thanks to that inverse motherboard design. But from what I can see of it, it’s beautifully made and looks like a mighty (mighty being the operative word!) Case. From what I can see so far, I like it!

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - left Corsair Carbide 600C - right

 

The left side of the Case, where you would normally find a window, is a single sheet of steel. The panel itself is held in place by way of two thumb screws found at the back along with a simple moulded handle. Pull backwards to release and remove. At the front of the case we can also see the vented section allowing the two front fans to pull in cold air from the sides.

On the right side of the 600C we find a full size (and I do mean full size) window, that is in fact more of a door than a window. This is down to the fact that there’s a release handle at the front that allows the door to simply swing open on its hinges. The door can then be simply lifted off of its hinges and put to one side. The handle and the mechanism for opening though feels a little plasticky (bad word!) and a little cheap in operation which is a bit of a shame. The same side vents are also present on this side of the case.



Corsair Carbide 600C - top
Corsair Carbide 600C - controls

 

The top of the Corsair Carbide 600C is comprised of a single steel panel with an inbuilt control panel, found on the front left. What’s particularly impressive is how well the panel itself has been integrated into the case panel. It looks almost like part of the panel as the fit and finish is so good!

The panel itself comprises of power button, fan controller switch (Low/Medium/High), audio ports (headphone & microphone), x2 USB 3.0, x2 USB 2.0 and a reset button.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - bottom Corsair Carbide 600C - bottom (filer removed)

 

Looking at the bottom of the 600C we can see that the case sits up off of the surface (by approximately 32mm) thanks to four legs that are also equipped with rubber feet. Here in the bottom of the case it is also possible to fit a further three 120mm fans or two 140mm fans.

In the centre there is a large filter that connects to the bottom of the Case by way of ten magnets. This is quite useful as the filter can be removed (for cleaning) without having to move the Case.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - front Corsair Carbide 600C - 525 bay access Corsair Carbide 600C - back

 

The front of the Carbide 600C is also pretty featureless apart from the panel found at the top and the small subtle Corsair logo found in the bottom right. The door at the top opens up to reveal the two 5.25″ drive bays and again closes tight courtesy of magnets. It’s all very subtle and I like the professional simple look and style.

Drawing our attention to the back of the Corsair Carbide 600C we can begin to appreciate its inverse layout. At the top we find the Power Supply bay with its own dedicated PSU bracket. Below this and to the right we can see that the 6000C is equipped with eight expansion slots, making quad SLI/CrossFire a possibility, with the right Motherboard. To the left of the expansion slots we find a large vented area to aide in cooling. Below this is the 140mm rear exhaust fan with the main Motherboard I/O cut-out to the right.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - left (panel removed) Corsair Carbide 600C - door open Corsair Carbide 600C - right (door removed)

 

Removing the left side panel allows us to take a look inside the 600C and as you can see its got quite a unique layout. At the top we see a large area for the Power Supply, while below that we have the two 3.5″ drive sleds (right) and the three SSD brackets on the left. There’s also a large CPU cut-out at the bottom, plenty of grommets and plenty of cable management space. We can also see that there’s a lot of cabling already present in the 600C, to support the fans and controller and the USB and audio ports.

The right side panel/door (released by the slightly clunky feeling handle) swings out 180 degrees and then can be simply lifted off of its hinges for easy access to the Case’s interior. Looking at the image above centre we can see just how large the window is and what’s even more clever is that it still only shows off the MB Assembly and not the drives, as these are hidden on the other side. 😉

Looking into the right side of the 600C we actually see very little (and that’s a good thing!) other than a cavernous interior space. Well, other than a raft of cables (all black!) and the three pre-installed fans.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - front (panel removed) Corsair Carbide 600C - front (filter removed) Corsair Carbide 600C - rear fan

 

The front panel itself can be removed by (gently) unclipping the plastic clips, this allows access to the front intake filter for cleaning. Again the filter itself is held in place by way of magnets. Removing the filter allows further access to the two 140mm intake fans. These fans are Corsair’s own and have a maximum rotational speed of 1400RPM. Note that these fans can be replaced with 120mm items or a radiator 240mm/280mm if so required. The fan found at the rear, acting as an exhaust for the system, is also the same 140mm unit as found in the front of the case.

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - SSD brackets Corsair Carbide 600C - HDD sleds

 

Above left we can see the three 2.5″/SSD bracket that are attached to the inside of the left side of the 600C. These are in fact toolless brackets and your 2.5″ drive or SSD simply slides in from below and is then spring clipped into position. You can either remove the bracket to achieve this (by way of one screw) or slide the drive into place in situ.

Above the SSD brackets and to the right we fond the two 3.5″/HDD sleds that are also toolless in design. These simply slide out, your HDD can be clipped into position and the sled can be slid back into position. It’s all very simple and effective…

 

Corsair Carbide 600C - USB & HD Audio Corsair Carbide 600C - front panel Corsair Carbide 600C - fan controller & fans

 

As you can see all cables supplied with the Corsair Carbide are black, which is always good to see. Above left we have the USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and Front Panel Audio (headphone & microphone) cables. Centre we have the main Front Panel cables consisting of Power, Reset, HDD LED and Power LED. While on the far right we have the power connector for the fan controller (nice to see a SATA power connector and not a Molex) and the three fan cables themselves for the three pre-installed fans.

 

At this point I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with what I’ve seen so far, the Corsair Carbide 600C not only looks good it features a unique and well thought out internal layout. I’m actually looking forward to now installing a system into the Case, let’s see how that goes shall we…

 

Hardware Installation

 

  • Test Rig Setup

  • Case Corsair Carbide Series 600C Power Supply Corsair Professional Series AX 760i
    Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 CPU Intel Core i5-6600K
    CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S RAM G Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB
    Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified SSD (M.2) Samsung SM951 512GB
    SSD HyperX FURY 120GB HDD Seagate 2TB SSHD

     

    600C - Skylake MB assembly Corsair Carbide 600C - drives etc

     

    The first task was to put together the motherboard assembly (MB, CPU, CPU Cooler & RAM) for this review. This consists of our test motherboard an ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6, an Intel Core i5-6600K CPU, a Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler and x2 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 4 RAM modules. This Motherboard assembly can be seen above left.

    In addition to this I also added one SSD in the form of a HyperX Fury and also an HDD in the form of a Seagate 2TB SHDD. The SSD was clipped into one of the SSD mounts from the back of the case and the HDD was simply clipped into one of the free HDD sleds, no tools were required.

     

    Corsair Carbide 600C - PSU bracket Corsair Carbide 600C - PSU installed

     

    The next task was to fit the Corsair AX760i Power Supply, this meant that the first task was to attach the Power Supply to the PSU bracket that can be unscrewed (via four thumb screws) from the back of the case. The AX760i was secured to the bracket with four regular screws, as can be seen above left.

    The Power Supply was then slid into the back of the Case and secured again by the four thumb screws. Note as there’s less room once the PSU is in the Case, I decided to also attach the main cables (MB 24-pin, CPU 8-pin and GPU PCIE) first.

     

    Corsair Carbide 600C - MB installed Corsair Carbide 600C - rear cabling Corsair Carbide 600C - complete x1 GPU

     

    With the Motherboard assembly complete and the Power Supply in position I then set about installing the Mb into the Case. This was simple enough after adding an additional stand-off (making ten in total) required by the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 motherboard. The motherboard was then secured to the Case using the screws provided, as can be seen above left.

    I then added both of the drives (HDD & SSD) to the back of the Case, just simply sliding them into position and set about cabling up what I had so far. Thanks to all of the existing cabling and the new cables this seemed like a daunting task. But in the end everything was completed with comparative ease, thanks mainly down to a good design and layout of the Case itself, with plenty of space for cable management (or lack thereof in my case!). The only real concern I had was that it seemed odd not to drop the PSU cables through the top of the case and then into the back, you’re forced to bring the cables over the side, unless you use up one of the HDD slots!?

    The final task was to fit our test Graphics Card and EVGA 980Ti Classified, which as you can see (despite its size) fall into the 600C. This is of course great news and should allows those front fans to feed plenty of cool air to the GPU, or GPU’s should you have more than one…

     

    Corsair C600C - complete

     

    All in all the Corsair Carbide 600C has offered up a very easy installation for our test equipment, one thankfully devoid of any of the (somewhat) normal cursing or swearing, or maybe that’s just me! This really is a very good Case, and at this point deep into the build I’ve got very little to complain about and that’s makes a change. As you can also see (from the image above) the 600C also manages to swallow two GTX 980Ti s with ease. 😉

     

    Testing Methodology/Setup

     

    At pcGameware we use Prime95 and ASRock’s F-Stream utility to evaluate CPU temperatures and voltage, and we use MSI Afterburner to evaluate the GPU temperatures. Of course Prime95 being a CPU stress test also helps to generate heat for us to check the case thermals. We also use UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for GPU temperature testing.

    CPU performance testing is carried out using Prime95 (Small FFT) to stress the CPU. Each run is timed for 15 mins and the maximum temperature is recorded for all cores and then the average core heat is taken. Testing was carried out with an overclocked Intel Core i5-6600K at 4.4GHz courtesy of the Gigabyte UEFI.

    GPU performance testing is carried out by running UNiGiNE Heaven 4.0 for 15 minutes and then by recording the maximum GPU temperature.

    * All case fans (x3 in the case of the Corsair Carbide 600C) and the CPU Cooler (Noctua NH-U12S) are run at 100% throughout testing. To ascertain case noise levels, the GPU fans are set to their lowest setting and the CPU Cooler fan is unplugged, whilst the dBA is recorded from 1m away.

     

    Hardware Performance

     

    Corsair 600C - Prime95

     

  • CPU RESULTSCorsair Carbide 600C with Noctua NH-U12S and Intel Core i5-6600K @ 4.4GHz
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max CPU Temperature (core average) Delta Temperature
    Lian Li PC-X510 22.00 58.00 36.00
    Cooler Master HAF XB 21.00 58.00 37.00
    Corsair Carbide 600C 23.00 60.00 37.00
    Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 22.00 60.00 38.00
    NZXT Manta 24.00 62.00 38.00
    be quiet! Silent Base 600 23.00 62.00 39.00
    BitFenix Nova 22.00 65.00 43.00
    Raijintek Styx 21.00 67.00 46.00

     

    As one would expect with three 140mm fans and plenty of space the CPU cooling performance of the Corsair Carbide 600C is very good. During our Prime 95 Torture Test our overclocked (4.4Ghz @ 1.3v) Intel Core i5-6600K reached a maximum Core temperature of just 60 (Delta 37) degrees Celsius. That’s pretty darn cool and only one degree shy of the best performing Case we’ve tested…

     

  • GPU RESULTSCorsair Carbide 600C with EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified
  • Case Ambient Temperature Max GPU Temperature Delta Temperature
    Lian Li PC-X510 23.00 77.00 54.00
    Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 22.00 77.00 55.00
    Corsair Carbide 600C 23.00 80.00 57.00
    Cooler Master HAF XB 22.00 79.00 57.00
    be quiet! Silent Base 600 22.00 81.00 59.00
    Raijintek Styx 21.00 81.00 60.00
    BitFenix Nova 23.00 84.00 61.00
    NZXT Manta 23.00 84.00 61.00

     

    Graphics Card thermal performance was also pretty good with our EVGA GTX980Ti reaching a maximum temperature of 80 degrees (57 Delta). While a good temperature I have to say that I was expecting a little better, but I suspect that the setup within the Case favours CPU cooling more the GPU cooling. There may be an issue getting rid of the warm air in the top of the Case and as there’s no option to add fans in this position I’m unsure if the situation can be improved much. Having said all of that GPU cooling is still more than adequate.

     

  • Acoustic Performance
  • From an acoustic point of view the Corsair Carbide 600C also performs well, or quietly to be more accurate. What’s also good hear (haha!) is that you have some control over the noise level thanks to the inbuilt fan controller. With the setting on high and all of the Corsair AF140L fans running at approximately 1000RPM the noise produced was approximately 42dBA according to our test equipment. This drops to 37dBA when using the Low seeing on the fan controller with only a degree or two difference in the thermals. It’s surprising giving the relative low rotational speed of the fans (1000RPM) how noisy they are…

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    It’s always nice when a product catches you off guard and the Corsair Carbide 600C has done exactly that! I was unsure what to expect from the 600C but what Corsair has delivered is a good all round Case that looks good, is well made, is easy to install into and keeps your components cool; what more do you want…

    The Corsair Carbide 600C arrived at pcG in a large plain looking brown cardboard box that no doubt eco friendly. Within the box the contents were found to be well protected and nicely presented. Once out of the box the sheer size (width more than anything) of the 600C became apparent. This is one big Case, but not only is it big it still managed to remain good looking too! This is down to a subtle no frill design and that massive side window, that’s effectively on the wrong side! The reason for the window being on this side is due to the inverse design of the interior of the 600C, where the motherboard effectively is upside down.

    Just looking at the Carbide 600C there’s already a lot to like. Obviously it looks good but it also features three pre-installed 140mm fans with an inbuilt fan controller. Add to that the eight expansion slots, two 5.25″ drive bays, 3 2.5″ SSD brackets and the two 3.5″ drive sleds and the 600C is already shaping up nicely. There’s also more room for additional fans (in the base of the case) and room for water cooling radiators and AIO coolers. Now you might think that with such a large side window your build would be forced to bare all, but no! Thanks to some clever design all of the drives and and the Power Supply are hidden behind the back of the Case, clever! 🙂

    Installation into the Corsair Carbide 600C was simply a breeze, with a max GPU length of 370mm , a max CPU height of 200mm and a max PSU length of 210mm there’s plenty of room ion the 600C. This and plenty of cable management space behind the motherboard really helped during the install of our test kit. Obviously everything seems a little odd as many things are either upside down or back to front but that just seems to fuel my interest and enthusiasm for the 600C. The only oddity that I could see was the fact that there was no dedicated route for the PSU cables to get into the back of the case, without simply going over the side. What seemed to make sense was to use the gap in the nearest HDD bay, but that’s hardly by design…

    Performance of the Corsair 600C was also very good with CPU cooling taking top honours with a maximum Core temperature of 60 (37 Delta) degrees Celsius, just one degree shy of the best Case we’ve tested. Graphics Card cooling was also good but not quite as good as the best we’ve seen and to some degree (haha!) not as good as I’d hoped. With a maximum recorded GPU temperature of 80 (57 Delta) degrees Celsius the 600C was 3 degrees shy of our top performing Case, but it’s still good nonetheless.

    Acoustically the Corsair carbide 600C scores well mainly because, thanks to that fan controller you can control the noise levels and of course (but to a lesser degree (ok, stop it now James)). With all three fans at 100% (High) the noise output was approximately 42dBA, with this dropping to around 37dBA when on Low. The impact on cooling was also only a couple of degrees.

    The Corsair Carbide 600C has left me a little shocked if I’m honest, as I went into this review not knowing too much about the 600C and now I find myself at the end, I can’t really find a bad word to say about it! That’s unusual, not for Corsair but for James! 😉

     

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    1. Kees Spierings
      May 19th, 2016 at 10:38 | #1

      Hi! Great review, but I’m left wondering 2 things: Is there any airflow over the 3.5″ slots (or the 5.25″). I also heard that the plexiglass is fairly scratch resistant, is this your experience also?

      Best regards,
      Kees

      • James
        May 19th, 2016 at 11:16 | #2

        No there’s no airflow over the 3.5″ slots or over the 5.25″, but then these areas dot usually suffer from heat problems! Difficult to say about the scratch resistance as I simply didn’t spend long enough with the Case and the time I did spend with it I was very careful and ran into no issues.

        Hope that helps…

        ATB pcG James (Ed)