Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
To get to the end of this trilogy, we first had a look at the Carbide 270R, which in its own right, is a case to be reckoned with for builders and those who need a budget friendly solution. Then we took a leap into another mid-tower design as we got up close and personal with the Crystal 460X RGB. This chassis may be compact in size, but with a near completely open interior, the addition of RGB fans in the front, the use of tempered glass panels on the front and left side, made it one of the best regular mid-tower cases to be retrofitted with glass panels, that we had seen to date. The thing is, Corsair did not stop with just that pair, they are also bringing forth one more chassis for the holiday buying season.
The latest design does share some elements of the 460X RGB, but only what was essential. This mid-tower case is not an adaptation of another previously released model, but does carry the RGB fans down the front, and also carries on with the use of glass panels as the Crystal Series of cases implies. The idea of this chassis is much the same as the 460X RGB as well, but things are taken to yet another level of aesthetics, and we are not stuck with that two-piece PSU cover in this design. While we have been attacking this trio of cases based on price initially, it also seems we have saved the best for last.
Along with the other two Corsair cases, we were also sent the Crystal Series 570X RGB Tempered Glass Premium ATX mid-tower chassis to review. Yes, that is a lengthy name for a chassis, but it does drive home two important things to keep your eyes peeled for throughout this review. There is an abundant use of 3mm thick chemically tempered glass on this frame, there is, of course, the RGB fans, but by carrying the premium naming too. It offers things like excellent wire management, grommets, and a solid steel PSU cover, which is a big step forward from their plastic offering. We cannot honestly say we have seen a chassis with this much glass involved with the design, and to be blunt, while it may be tough to keep clean, the Crystal 570X RGB is a looker, and is well appointed for anyone looking for the latest in mid-tower design.
The specifications we were given for the Crystal 570X RGB are as basic as we saw with the previous pair of cases. It starts off with the 480mm depth, the 234mm width, and the 512mm of height, and this time there was not a standard shipping label to indicate the gross weight of it. Storage bays are left out of the front of the chassis allowing for unimpeded air flow inside of this chassis, but there are accommodations for storage found behind the motherboard tray. It is there where you will find a pair of 2.5" drive trays mounted below the CPU cooler access hole, and off towards the front of the chassis, there are two plastic trays mounted there to support 3.5" drives, but are also able to be used for 2.5" drives as well. Beyond that, the 570X RGB delivers seven expansion slots at the back, has USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio in the front I/O as well as the RGB controls. The clearances are set in this chassis to 170mm, 225mm, and 370mm for the CPU cooler, the PSU, and the video cards, respectively.
From the factory, all cooling inside of the chassis is done from the three SP120 RGB fans located down the front of the case. There are also a few optional locations for fans too, the top will take on a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, while at the back, the only option is to use a single 120mm fan. The 570X RGB is also accepting of water cooling components. The front of the chassis will support a 360mm radiator, or you can opt for a 280mm radiator there. The top of the chassis is still only accommodating to a 240mm radiator as its maximum, and if you like, you can also add a single 120 radiator to the back of this chassis.
There are a few things not listed as well. Things like the use of chemically tempered glass on four sides of the chassis, the implementation of a steel PSU cover, the fact we find grommets used inside, or the addition of a steel cover to hide wiring behind the motherboard tray. Corsair also does allude to the fact that there are RGB controls available in the front I/O but does not make mention of the secondary controller, the hub to power the lights, nor the excess amounts of wiring associated with this system. They do not make any mention of the trio of dust filters found at the front, top and under the PSU, nor is there any indication of LED lighting beyond the SP120 RGB fans, yet two locations on this case do light up to help broadcast the manufacturer of this chassis.
If comparing this chassis to a steel and plastic design, you may initially feel that their asking price is a bit steep for a mid-tower chassis, but there is more to this offering than the typical cases deliver. Tempered glass is not cheap, and there are more panels made of glass in the 570X RGB than we have seen so far. There is also the inclusion of the RGB fans and all of their accompanying parts, and you also have to factor in the R&D it takes to make a unique layout, along with making it all not just look great, but function properly as well.
While we are in the dark about the availability of this chassis, or just when it will show up in stock on shelves, we do feel that the $179 is justified. Yes, this is steep for a mid-tower chassis, but once you get a whole picture of what the Crystal Series 570X RGB Tempered Glass Premium ATX mid-tower chassis offers, those that fall in love with this chassis will have no issue paying what Corsair is asking.
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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