While at the bottom of it all, this is essentially the Carbide 400C in new clothes, the outfit Corsair chose for the Crystal 460X RGB is well-appointed garb for today's market. Tempered glass panels are all the rage in cases today, and the implementation Corsair chose with this case is as good as all of the rest we have seen to date. Although there is still one thing that Corsair has up their sleeves, where others have failed to take advantage.
This is the fact that they have added RGB lighting to the fans behind the glass, taking the Crystal 460X RGB to a level above the competition at this time. The chassis is solid, the feature set is rich, the design is slightly modular, there is a PSU cover, there is a fan hub system to simplify fan controls - as an entire package, it is hard to deny the stunning looks of the 460X RGB, powered on or not. The best part about it is even when the fans are all aglow and fully powered, we only heard 27dB of noise out the back of the 460X RGB, without the AIO there.
Where there is a full list of reasons to go out and buy the Crystal 460X RGB, we did find two things that stood out to us. With all of the control offered in this chassis for the RGB end of the fans, we feel Corsair could have easily added a third unit to the kit to act as a fan hub for power. Even without a switch, as PWM control would be a superb option, we feel they missed the mark considering you have to power up to six fans with the gear we did get. The second thing that stood out to us was the use of the two-piece PSU cover. While it was cool and all that when we first saw it some time ago, we do not like the pass-through wire system, it delivers with this design. It is tough to reach, near impossible if the HDD cage is left installed, and let's be honest, they could have gone with steel and maybe added a light up Corsair logo to the side of it. Outside of these two small things that stuck out, the rest of the chassis is everything you would want in a mid-tower chassis.
With availability uncertain at the time we are writing this, we do feel that if there is any delay in stock arriving at the store, people will be in line with money waiting for a case like this. The looks are above average right out of the box, but once your chassis matches the mouse and keyboard lighting, and the whole office is now in sync, it can change the whole ambiance of what you are used to seeing. While fingerprints and dust can be a long term issue with a design like this, in our experience regular maintenance solves this, and you are left with something that will be the envy of all of your friends or anyone who gets to see images of your build.
Corsair may not have been the first to produce a chassis with tempered glass panels, but boy, when they did, they came out swinging for the fences. The Crystal Series 460X RGB Compact ATX mid-tower chassis does cost $139 to obtain, but in our mind, it is worth every penny.
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)
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Corsair's Crystal Series 460X RGB takes tempered glass cases to a whole new level! If not for a couple of minute things, this could easily have received our Editor's Choice award. Still though, the 460X RGB is in our top five mid-tower cases we have ever seen.
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