Case Interior

Before looking inside the Carbide 600Q we must remove the side panels, which are identical and nondescript – on the outside, anyway.

What's important to note with this 600Q version, compared to the windowed 600C, is the addition of sound dampening material lining all of the panels of this case, including the interior of both side panels.

The Carbide 600Q shares an identical layout with the windowed 600C, both featuring an inverted motherboard.

The motherboard is 'upside-down' compared to standard ATX builds, an approach evoking memories of the old BTX thermal layout. In my experience (my first inverted build was the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E) this layout can offer a distinct thermal advantage is there is sufficient positive pressure generated from the front of the case, which then pushes directly over the system components and out the rear exhaust.

There are two 140 mm fans pre-installed, with the option of a third if desired for better airflow. Looking inside the front of the enclosre we see that only one of two intake positions are occupied by default.

The enclosure floor offers additional mounting options for fans and radiators, and this area is protected from dust by the full-length magnetic filter we saw on the first page.

Moving to the top – which would be the enclosure floor in a standard ATX design – the plastic shroud (removable) won't be a clearance issue, but the 3.5-inch HDD mounts actually block what would be the bottom (or in this case, top) expansion slot.

This might not pose an actual issue for any real application, but it's worth pointing out. Some setups might encounter issues without removing at least one of the hard drive bays if the full length of the 8th expansion slot is required.

We move on to the front panel, which is removed without tools by pressing on tabs inside the front edges on both sides, and simply pulling the panel outward. Once removed we see it is lined with the same insulation as the side panels.

With the front panel removed we have a look at the intake, and the removable screen filter.

I prefer enclosures that allow the filters to be removed for cleaning without removing any panels, but the front was easy enough to remove that it wasn't much of a hinderence.

And now a look behind the motherboard tray:

The Carbide 600Q, like the Fractal Design Define S, positions storage behind the system. There are three 2.5-inch storage bays mounted vertically behind the motherboard, and a pair of 3.5-drive bays above. The large area above the system board houses the power supply and optical drives, and is shrouded from view from the front to keep things looking tidy.

Next we'll check out some of the highlights of the build process.

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