Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Part two of this three piece saga of cases is now upon us and brings us to a whole new series of cases to be held within the Corsair lineup. At this point, initially, we would like to introduce the Crystal Series of cases. As the name implies, this is an instance in where Corsair adapts to the trend of tempered glass used in chassis design. As of late, we have seen a few make the switch to using 3mm thick, chemically tempered, glass panels in some way shape or form, which started way back from InWin, but has taken quite a bit of time to become widely accepted by the market. Being one of the largest names when it comes to most things PC related, it seems like a smart move for Corsair right from the word go.
What you are about to see may bring flashbacks of the past, or that feeling of Déjà vu, and do not feel weird if these happen to you, as your eyes are not playing tricks on you. As the first attempt to bring forth a chassis to take on glass panels, Corsair took the Carbide 400C back to the table, and they thought to themselves, how can we make this chassis better aesthetically? The exterior of this latest design brings forth an all new look to anything Corsair has presented in the past, and to add even more pizzazz to the design, they even included RGB fans in this model to raise the looks factor as well. Though, if you are going to offer a chassis with glass panels, why not dress it up as much as possible, and give your customers something to look at?
The chassis in question is the Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB Compact ATX chassis. This is a mid-tower design with a bit of marketing spin to make it seem larger than it is when comparing other cases labeled as mid-towers. While there is plenty of room inside for all of the things associated with multiple card setups, water cooling, and a clear path for air to flow through this chassis, the main features described above are what will sell this chassis. Obviously "RGB all the things" is quite the rage right now, and if your mouse, keyboard, and possibly your monitors LED kit are all showing their various colors, why not have the same thing in your case as well? This is where Corsair steps in and one-ups the tempered glass cases we have seen in the recent past and offers something that will attract many more potential customers with the implementation of these new fans used in the Crystal 460X.
Along with our guide for reviewing this chassis, we were also sent the specifications chart. In it, we start off with the 464mm height, the 220mm width, and the 440mm depth, and the only indication of its weight is the 22 pounds listed on the shipping label, but that includes the packaging as well. We then see that this mid-tower offers not a single bay in the front of the chassis, yet still affords room for storage, but it is kept behind the motherboard tray. There, you can find a plastic rack which will house up to three 2.5" drives, and near the front of the chassis, there you can find a hidden HDD cage with two trays for 3.5" drives. Near the bottom of the chart we see that there are seven expansion slots in the back, and we can also see the clearances for the CPU cooler, PSU, and graphics cards.
In the front of the 460X, you will find three 120mm SP120 RGB fans cooling the interior of this case. As for any other fans in this chassis, that is up to you, as the top and rear of the chassis do not include a fan or fans out of the box. There are options for air cooling built into this case, where you can also use a pair of 140mm fans in the front if desired. The rear of the case offers a location for a 120mm fan, while the top of the chassis can support a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans.
When it comes to water cooling, the front of the chassis can take on a 360mm radiator or a 280mm one. The top of the chassis can take on a 240mm radiator but not a 280mm due to the offset, and you can also stick a single radiator in the back as well. Making the use of the RGB fans easier on the end-user, Corsair uses a couple of hidden boxes for wiring and control of the fans, but in the front I/O panel with the usual suspects, there are three new buttons to use with them.
There is a lot here they do not list. First of all, we would have made sure to list in the specifications that there are two glass panels in this design, one on the front, and the other being the entire left side of the 460X. We might have mentioned it was 3mm in thickness, or maybe that it is tinted, and possibly that it is chemically tempered. We may have also listed that this chassis is built of steel, and both the inside and outside are painted black. Then again, we also would have mentioned that there is a PSU cover in this design. We do not need to ponder in the exclusions much at all, as we will be covering everything we see with the 460X, leaving nothing to chance or speculation.
While we are writing this before the actual embargo being lifted for these cases, we were given the price point. Just as a point of reference, we did just check on the Carbide 400C which is currently listed for slightly less than $100 depending on where you shop. With the Crystal 460X, we see the pricing has been raised, and with the point of reference in mind, the $139 pricing does not seem bad at all. Considering the expense associated with tempered glass panels, as well as adding in RGB fans, the hardware needed to run it and adding switches to ease their usage, we feel Corsair is on the right path, and the Crystal Series 460X RGB could be wildly successful.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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