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Corsair iCUE 465X Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 5)

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

Inside the iCUE 465X Continued

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The rear has the slotted 120mm fan location as mentioned previously. The fan location is not populated by default, but the Lighting Node CORE has three additional places for LED headers, so if you get more LL fans, your entire build could be synchronized, at least form the fan standpoint. The rear Expansion slots total seven with black covers and their screws, along with two vertical mounting slots for showing off a GPU.

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The cable management area is quite well laid out with plenty of tie-down points. I like that the tie-down points run both sides of the pass-through cable holes with grommets as it helps keep cables ted in place and out of the way when routing. There are four 2.5" drive locations, two solid mounts to the left and two trays on the motherboard location. Mid image, we can see the Lighting Node CORE. This admittedly adds a bit to the cable mess with cables going to fans, USB and SATA power.

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Here we take a closer look at what makes up the Lighting Node CORE. The unit is simply a Lighting node device without the plastic shell. As you can see, the three installed fans are routed to the controller while there are three ports which can be used for up to three more fans. One thing to note is as this controller is not the standard lighting node, it does not have a port for addressable LED strips.

The small button mid-board is something Corsair has done on some peripherals and other devices as well. When you hold the bottom, it will change the mode for the controller, making it a storage device which can be seen by windows explorer and you will find the firmware file. This can be beneficial if you need to manually flash your Lighting Node CORE as you can drop the firmware file in place for manual flashing.

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Here we have the back of the Lighting Node CORE, and it is mostly SMD resistors and capacitors. The one notable exception is the brain of the unit which is an NXP LPC11U37F 32-bit ARM Cortex microcontroller. This is similar to chipsets you find in most any RGB device such as peripherals and even GPU RGB LED Control. This is what communicates with the iCUE software to give you the lighting control.

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The HDD cage, as previously stated, has dual 3.5" trays which can also support SSD/2.5" drives. 3.5" mounting is tool-less, while the 2.5" mounting would require screws to mount the drives mid tray. The main cage and trays can all be removed for more room here should you not need them and this is nice in case you have a legacy, and large non-modular PSU adds you could now tuck cables away down here with a large area of the room to accomplish this.

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The PSU mount is located in the standard lower rear location. The PSU area has rubberized foam tabs which the PSU can rest on to allow vibration absorption and avoid potential metal to metal contact which can scratch your PSU. You can also see the filtered inlet at the bottom with its mesh-like opening. As mentioned previously, the HDD cage in front of the PSU mounting location can be removed for larger PSUs or even for just more room for routing and installation of cables, but from our experience, it was not necessary.

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The front panel cables for the 465X are simple and do the job. From left to right, it includes the following.

  • USB 2.0 10-pin connector (for Lighting Node CORE)
  • Power/Reset and power LED connectors
  • SATA Power lead (For Lighting Node CORE)
  • HD audio connector
  • 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (For front panel Type-A ports)

This is everything minus the triple fan headers which power the front fans and need to be connected to your motherboard or an add-in fan controller.

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