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Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 4)

By: Shannon Robb from Sep 17, 2019 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: CorsairModel: CC-9011176-WW

Inside the iCUE 465X

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The front panel is affixed with the four thumb style screws that looked merely like aesthetic visual embellishments. In reality, they are long screws which hold the front glass and its plastic base to the front chassis. These screws come out easily, and then the front panel pulls away which I find helpful as it avoids the inherent fear that repeated removals may damage the clips which typically affix a front panel. Behind the front panel is the visible filter which is magnetically attached and tilts away from the top as it has tabs at the bottom. With the filter removed we now could unscrew the front fans should we opt to place them on a radiator or need to swap them or even remove for easier cleaning.

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Looking in the main chassis space, we see the motherboard tray area, which now is not as dark due to the tinted panel being removed. We see the two large cable pass-through which have rubber grommets, along with surrounding cable pass trough's for top fan and EPS connectors. The motherboard tray area at the bottom of the PSU shroud also has pass-through cable locations for GPU cables and other front panel connectivity.

There is plenty of room for motherboard and GPU fitment, but obviously if going with a monster liquid cooling setup, this could become cramped but overall for most builds even with AIO CPU and GPU it should have plenty of room to serve your needs. Just keep in mind the limitation on RAM fitment if using a top-mounted radiator as you can see the top mounting standoffs for the motherboard are very close to the top panel.

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The front area is already populated to absolute capacity with triple LL 120 fans but can be swapped out to any fans you desire in 120mm or 140mm sizing. As stated previously, we can fit up to triple 120mm fans or radiators or double 140mm of the same. Directly adjacent to the fan mounting we see the semi-solid wall running perpendicular to the front panel and the mounting is consistent with SSD/2.5" drive mounting.

These would only have screws visible as the mounts are recessed toward the cable management area which means you would have to see the screws in the chassis compartment and the SSD would be visible only in the rear. Some may see this as a detriment, but for the cleanliness of cable management, I see it as a definite advantage.

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Here we have the top of the 465X with the white filter removed. I want to take a moment to recognize the attention to detail of having the filter white where some companies opt for filtration to be black much like I mentioned on the bottom of the chassis. The same carries here. The top filter, as you can see it is stuck to the chassis somewhat out of shot, is magnetic at the perimeter.

The top has slotted mounting holes for fans or radiators as needed for top mounting. Do keep in mind that with top-mounted radiators you will have fitment issues with many taller DIMMs since the motherboard location is both close to the top panel, and it is not as deep which means there is roughly 35mm from base of DIMM slot to 120mm mounting hole. Keep that in mind as you may opt for fans up top and radiator in the front to ensure you get your pretty RAM if that is important to you.

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The PSU shroud is fixed in place and cannot be removed. The shroud has ventilation style mesh toward the rear where the PSU would reside, which allows some ventilation here. While I am not sure why they did this, I can assume it would stem from the potential use of a bottom-mounted card that would potentially allow some cooling airflow to be pulled from here. Or, Corsair has seen some users mount their PSU with the fan facing up, which means without proper ventilation, it would likely not have a stable fresh air supply. I would vote the latter in this case as any GPU possibly coming close to the PSU shroud would probably have fan locations where the shroud is solid therefore nullifying or at least partly nullifying the effect.

The shroud only opts for one close to board hole which lines up with where most boards have the HD audio connector. The rest of your front panel cables will likely come from the mid shroud holes with a grommet or the other grommeted hole near most boards SATA ports. I would like to see one or two more cutouts like the one at the far left across the board's edge to make managing the connections to the board even more comfortable to hide.

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