Full-Tower Case Final Thoughts
The Corsair Carbide Clear 600C is intended more as a design for enthusiasts who want to make a neat, beautiful system (something that Corsair does well). As a result, it does lack extra features that some might deem necessary, such as more cooling, additional storage, or cable routing for nitpicks.
Corsair Carbide 600C Conclusion
Systems vary, and of course so will your performance. The inverted layout looks good on paper, but I question how good the airflow really is. I think there’s a great deal of potential, especially with an extra large CPU cooler, for heat to build up in the top of the case. Indeed, because the 600C isn’t very long either, there’s less clear path for air to travel through the interior.
The intent is less to show off the case itself and more to show the internal design. Its certainly not as eye catching as other Corsair classics like the Obsidian or Graphite series designs. If you want a full tower to show off your fancy hardware though, you can’t do much better than this. I’d like to see someone do THIS mod in here. Given Corsair’s penchant for white chassis designs, I think a version in that color would look great.
Made mostly of steel, with a bit of plastic, the construction is of excellent quality. I might even prefer it over the last Corsair case I reviewed here (the $189.99 780T) since it seems much less plastic.
Functionally, it’s rather two halves of a whole that doesn’t know what its trying to be, a display item or a performance case. If the intent is to display a well organized interior, this might just be the best case I’ve reviewed for the job. If however you are planning to build a fancy high performance system with lots of cooling, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
$149.99 (Amazon | Newegg) is little steep for any tower design. I’d say here you pay more for bells and whistles than for total features. Consider the Graphite 760T, which features a similar window panel. It costs an additional $40, but you do get three additional fan mounts, five more internal drive bays, and better airflow. Just no inverted motherboard or PSU shroud.
From the last few paragraphs you’re probably thinking “wow he’s roasting this thing.” Nonsense. I don’t think that the Carbide 600C is a bad design. It’s a good design, but overall I feel it lacks innovation and usefulness. You’ll buy the Carbide 600C because you like the design, not the features.
But fear not, if you do buy, do so with confidence.
+ Attractive exterior finish.
+ Clean and simple interior.
+ Sturdy steel construction.
+ Triple pre-installed 140mm fans with fan controller.
– Limited internal storage.
– More limited cooling options than competitors.
– Iffy cable management.