While we still stand by our comment that the Crystal 460X RGB took the standard steel and glass cases to a new level, it does seem to pale in comparison to the Crystal 570X RGB. This case took what we knew of steel cases and tempered glass panels and raised the bar to yet another level of awesomeness. Even while opting to use glass on the right side of the case, which usually does not look that good in most builds, they developed ways to mitigate the wiring from view, leaving only the drives used and an occasional SATA cable to be seen through it.
Changing the PSU cover to steel was a good move, and illuminating the side of it, as well as the logo on the front of the chassis is an added bit we were not expecting. You get an excellent view of your components on the left side, and even without any of the glass or dust filters in place, the 570X RGB is still solid as a rock. You also factor in the RGB lighting and modes of the SP120 fans, and you have a stellar looking chassis housing your goods.
With everything good, there can come some bad as well, and Corsair did very well in this design, but there are a couple of things we want to address. We again, as we did with the 460X, think they missed out by not offering a powered hub for the fans. This is not a deal killer, but it would be handy to have and help eliminate some of the clutter of powering fans via Molex from the PSU. The other aspect we want to draw attention to is that there is a mention in the guide, and will possibly show up on site as well, that this chassis can be cleaned in under a minute. Maybe if you have four different people all working on their own section of the chassis, but to gain access to the dust filters, and likely having to clean the glass of fingerprints is something to consider when it comes to basic maintenance with this type of chassis.
We like the layout of the 570X RGB. We love the glass exterior, and with everything else offering RGB lighting these days, why not have it in your chassis too? The airflow is good inside of this chassis, the noise levels are low, and with the vast openness of this case, you can fit nearly anything you desire. It is capable of handling water cooling, it even offers a dedicated area for mounting pumps and reservoirs, and everything you add is in full view while inside of this chassis. If this were a solid steel chassis with a plastic window, the $179 MSRP would be a tough pill to swallow, but considering what is offered in the Crystal Series 570X RGB Tempered Glass Premium ATX mid-tower chassis from Corsair, we feel that they hit the nail squarely on the head.
While glass and RGB lighting may not be for everyone, you will be the envy of anyone who sees your system once inside of a chassis such as this. Corsair has set the bar so high with this chassis that it will initiate many clones and attempts to compete with the 570X RGB, but Corsair can say they did it best, and first.
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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The Bottom Line: Corsair has taken the steel frame and tempered glass case to the next level! It is sturdy, sleek and clean looking, has RGB fans, and is the first of its kind. The pricing may scare some away, but there is a lot of kit here for the price.
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