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Corsair's Carbide Series 600C case reviewed

Turning the ATX full tower on its ear
— 9:00 AM on March 31, 2016

Corsair's Carbide Series 600C is an ATX full tower with a twist. Corsair designed this case with an "inverse ATX" interior layout, meaning the motherboard tray is on the left side of the case and the power supply is mounted at the top. Corsair claims this approach keeps the hardware inside the case cooler. Along with the inverted design, Corsair set out to create a "beautifully minimal modern layout" that's easy to build in.

I do like the 600C's sleek, minimalist exterior design. The front door that conceals the case's 5.25" drive bays is the only break in its steel front panel. The removable front panel hides a dust filter and mounts for two 120-mm or 140-mm fans, positioned to move air directly over the hottest parts of the PC. Corsair populates the 600C's fan mounts with two 140-mm fans from the factory. Radiators as large as 280mm can be installed behind the front panel, too. A gap between the front panel and the main body of the case provides some room for airflow to the front fans.

The attention-grabbing right-side window gives us a full view of the system inside. The door panel opens effortlessly with a pull-to-release latch, allowing the door to swing all the way open on a pair of hinges. Builders can also lift the panel off its hinges to remove it entirely.

The front-panel I/O block is positioned at the top of the case, which might make reaching those ports easier for users who place their PCs on the floor. The steel top panel features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, the power button, and the reset button. The top panel also houses a three-speed switch for the case's built-in fan controller. This controller comes with three headers for case fans. While we prefer motherboard fan control when it's available, it's good to see Corsair has the back of folks without capable mobos.

The rear of the case looks just like a standard ATX full tower once we get used to its inverted layout. The left panel echoes the minimalist front panel. It's a sleek steel cover that's affixed to the case with a pair of thumb screws. A 140-mm exhaust fan moves air away from the CPU socket area. This fan mount is also compatible with 140-mm radiators.

Turning the case over reveals mounts for two 140-mm or three 120-mm fans. The 600C's bottom panel can also hold a radiator up to 360 mm long. A dust filter for the bottom fan mounts slides out from the rear of the case. While we appreciate the dust filter, the fact that it has to be removed from the rear of the case is less than ideal with a system inside. The 600C's unassuming feet fall in line with the rest of the case, completing the streamlined design.

Here is the full list of specifications for the Corsair Carbide Series 600C for easy comparison with our other case reviews:

  Corsair Carbide Series 600C
Type ATX full tower
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.9" x 10.2" x 21"  (454 x 260 x 535 mm)
Supported motherboards Mini-ITX, microATX, ATX, EATX (12" x 10.6")
3.5" drive mounts 2
2.5" drive mounts 3
5.25" drive bays 2
Fan mounts 2 120-mm or 140-mm front fans
3 120-mm or 2 140-mm bottom fans
1 140-mm rear fan
Included fans 2 Corsair 140-mm front fans
1 Corsair 140-mm rear fan
Front panel I/O 2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
3-speed fan controller
Max. graphics card length 14.5" (370 mm)
Max. CPU cooler height 7.8" (200 mm)
Gap behind motherboard 0.9" (2.3 cm)

Newegg sells the Carbide Series 600C for $149.99 right now. That premium price tag means the 600C's inverted layout will need to perform well in order to make it a compelling value. Let's take a more in-depth look at the inverted interior now.