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Inget betygCorsair Carbide 600Q
Sammanfattningsvis är Corsair Carbide 600Q ett oerhört välbyggt chassi, med ett genomtänkt och lättarbetat inre, där låg ljudnivå blandas med god potential för ventilation. Modellen dras med vissa nackdelar och ett förhållandevis högt pris, men för den som är beredd att punga ut några extra hundralappar väntar en alldeles utmärkt datorlåda.
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Inget betygCorsair Carbide 600Q Inverse Tower
ConclusionThe first case I examined with an inverted motherboard was the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E back in 2011. Its good performance was was probably due to the large intake fan rather than how the components were laid out. Compared to cases with traditional designs, the most noticeable difference was the GPU being greatly affected by the rising heat from the CPU. It basically shifted the thermal burden from one component to another, leaving me unconvinced that this layout was advantageous. The Corsair Carbide 600Q does a few things differently that makes this motherboard orientation more beneficial. The bottom of the TJ08-E is sealed while the 600Q's floor is heavily ventilated, giving the CPU heatsink an additional source of intake. The TJ08-E is designed such that the power supply intake fan faces up, essentially thermally isolating it from the rest of the system. In contrast, the PSU fan faces the video card in the 600Q, possibly helping the exhaust from the GPU escape the system (given how efficient power supplies are these days, it can handle a bit of extra thermal stress). Most importantly, supplied by unrestricted vents, the front fans have a straight shot through the case without being impeded by any drive cages. Under our testing parameters, the 600Q performed at an extremely high level, running both cooler and quieter than almost every case we've tested. The third fan wasn't even necessary and in fact, its addition did not improve the overall results. A built-in fan controller is always nice to see but the three speed switch doesn't offer much granular control. While the case is quiet in the empirical sense, the stock fans are subpar subjectively, producing a distracting wobbly noise that sounds like something inside is off-balance. Though the case has unusual dimensions, trading depth for height and width, its appearance is inconspicuous, more minimalist than even Fractal's Define towers as its top is completely featureless rather than having open fan placements or modular fan panels, and the build quality feels more solid all around. The Carbide 600Q, NZXT S340 and Fractal Define S share the same drive-less open airflow scheme and all suffer from limited hard drive support as a result, with the 600Q having only two slots for 3.5 inch drives. The fan positions at the bottom of the case could have been easily adapted to offer additional drive mounts for some extra versatility. The 5.25 inch bays are a rare sight in a case of this type and could be retrofitted for extra hard drives. If not for the stock fans, the Corsair Carbide 600Q would be a killer quiet case. This is something that Corsair needs to work on as both the Air 240 and Carbide 500R are similarly afflicted. Cases from their competitors, like Phanteks, NZXT, Fractal Design, BitFenix, and SilverStone, are all equipped with superior sounding fans, so they really need to step up their game in this department if they want to be taken seriously as a noise-conscious manufacturer. The Carbide 600Q is painfully close to greatness, but falls just short. It's also rather expensive, selling for US$150 and the potential cost of replacing the fans making it an even pricier proposition.
Conclusion Starting with the build quality of the Carbide Series Quiet 600Q we have a case which reaches a high standard. Where other manufacturers tend towards plastic, Corsair go with steel. The finish is flawless and we noted no issues with loose or ill fitting construction. The minor issue was that the protective bag used by Corsair creates static on the case during shipping so care needs to be taken to discharge that before the build. As far as the build process goes, overall very positive. The drive bay locations are well thought out and easy to use. The wiring holes are well placed and there is plenty of room to work in for the main chamber. Its a nice touch to include an extra fan, though it really would have made sense to pre-install it at the factory. The inverted design doesn’t really impact the build process, most of us will install the components with the case flat on a surface but it does make sense as far as airflow goes. Quite simply in its default configuration air is brought in at the front, directly on to the main components with no barrier from drive bays etc and then is immediately exhausted out the back. Ongoing maintenance is easy thanks to the removable dust filters and there is plenty of potential for enhanced cooling with support for larger and multiple radiators. Summary: Solid build, easy installation process and decent airflow with low noise operation. A case which can grow with your components over time. Summary