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Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 1)

Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Corsair made a very potent successor to the Crystal 460X with the iCUE 465X.

Shannon Robb | Sep 17, 2019 at 08:00 am CDT - 5 mins, 27 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: CorsairModel: CC-9011176-WW

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

Corsair has been making cases for quite a long time now, even if they did set their roots in PC memory. But, Corsairs legacy has become far vaster than simply DRAM over the years.

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Today we have in the lab, the second of the new iCUE series of 'smart cases' as dubbed by Corsair. The term smart case has always been a bit ambiguous to me, as a smart case in the sense of the iCUE, means to include the Lighting Node CORE which controls only lighting for the six connected ports.

Now in comparison, NZXT has their HXXXi series of smart cases which has a CAM powered smart controller that integrates a fan controller and RGB control into a single package. The CAM unit also has a noise sensor, which means it can do a real-time assessment of chassis noise. It can also possibly tune fan curves for audibility along with monitoring CPU and internal temps to ensure the system stays cool.

The iCUE 465X is designed for users looking for a mid-tower chassis with tempered glass and RGB for a vast open aesthetic. Add to this the RGB control aspect via the integrated LL fans preinstalled. They are wired up to the Lighting Node CORE, and users have an out of the box case with RGB control via iCUE. This will sync to any other iCUE compatible devices such as cooler, peripherals, etc.

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The iCUE 465X which it is essential to note is the replacement for the now outgoing Crystal 460X. It comes in at 465mm high, 467mm long with 216mm of depth. This means it fits into the mid-tower category as advertised. One thing worth noting is that much like the iCUE 220T we reviewed recently, the 465X seems to carry the same RGB memory compatibility issue. The issue is that the total clearance for memory with a top-mounted radiator, you cannot clear memory over standard height, so for Corsairs lineup, you would be looking at DIMMs in the Vengeance LPX range.

This is strange, as I mentioned before, as Corsair made a very defined RGB focus on the new iCUE cases, and they cannot use one of the cool parts that Corsair makes RGB memory. While this case is complete, I really hope corsair takes note as the tooling on the next chassis in this series can be widened just a little bit to give the necessary space to fit the memory or even slightly taller so the radiator will be above the board like we have seen on some other cases as well.

Motherboard fitment for the 465X is from ITX up to ATX. While the 465X may be able to house a slightly larger EATX board, it will likely cover the pass-through cable holes and may cover them entirely making it a much tighter fit. 3.5" HDD compatibility is up to two 3.5" tool-less trays. The 3.5" trays can also house 2.5" drives, and that brings us to the next point. The 2.5" drive compatibility is two 2.5" SSD trays while there are also two 2.5" mounts as well, totaling four. The dual 3.5" trays can also mount SSD's as an option so, if you are not using 3.5" mounting at all, there are six total 2.5" capable mounting locations.

PSU compatibility is listed as up to 180mm' which is not a bad thing as most standard PSUs are between 140-160mm while much higher-end units can eclipse that number. For the type of builds that will fit this chassis, this should be more than fine. The PSU shroud is integrated and not removable and covers the lower portion of the chassis in its entirety with only the front-most top area clearance out to fit larger radiator mounting. The top of the PSU shroud area, precisely above the exact PSU area also has some ventilation large mesh to allow air to pass between the main chamber and the POSU location; this may prove useful for those with cards closely mounted to the power supply shroud.

Cooling fitment on the 465X is rather stout with triple 120mm LL series fans included on the front panel. The front fits three 120mm or dual 140mm fans along with the same for radiators. The top roof can fit dual 120mm fans while a single 140mm will fit here as well. Radiator fitment in the top is limited to up to dual 120mm, but keep in mind the previously mentioned RAM clearance which means if you use a top-mounted AIO or radiator, it will inhibit your usage of taller memory DIMMs. Rear fan fitment is 120mm static and 140mm is not compatible here. CPU air cooler height is up to 170mm, which means many good air coolers should fit fine but the largest on the market will be tight or not fit.

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Here we have the specs to the included LL series fans. As you can see, they are spec'd as being relatively quiet at 24.8dBA, and with our testing, even under load, it was hard to make them out over GPU or any other component in a standard room environment. The fans are PWM (4-pin) so keep that in mind as these fans must be connected to your motherboard or fan controller and require a 4-pin connection to ramp properly. If your motherboard happens to have a limited quantity of PWM fan ports, you may need to include a separate 3rd party PWM capable fan hub or controller. This will ensure that all of your chassis fans can run quietly when not needed and provide the proper PWM fan ramping.

The 465X comes to market at a stated price from corsair of $149.99. As we have seen before, this is quite a crowded area with many solid case options available at this price point. There are options such as the Fractal Define R6, Meshify S2 and even the Masterbox MB530P which has a TG front and RGB fans similar-ish with the 465X.

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Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

Shannon Robb


Shannon started his PC journey around the age of six in 1989. Now till present day, he has established himself in the overclocking world, spending many years pushing the limits of hardware on LN2. Shannon has worked with design and R&D on various components, including PC systems and chassis, to optimize the layout and performance for enthusiasts.

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