Corsair Crystal 680X Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the 680x is a bit unique as you see the glass and fans behind are offset to the left. The 680X being dual-chamber means the main components and the cooling chamber is to the left closest to the main glass panel while the PSU, cable management, and storage are hidden behind within a solid panel. The glass panel sits on support posts giving the panel several millimeters of rising above the main panel for airflow. This should help with having a stylish glass aesthetic while still maintaining airflow.
The top has a similar glass panel that sits above the fan mounts, allowing a gap for airflow. You will notice that the top mounting does not have a filter as this magnetic filter comes separate from this top fan mounting. I love that Corsair does not require removal of the glass as it appears, but the fan mounting both front and top are removable trays form the internal to allow mounting without having to smudge the glass trying to remove and reinstall it.
The chassis I/O is found up top toward the front and directly aside from the top glass panel and main chamber airflow we were discussing. The I/O is outfitted as follows:
- Power button with integrated power LED
- Combination headphone and microphone 2.5mm jack
- USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
- Reset button
The I/O is what we would expect and offers plenty of high-speed connectivity. The Type-C port uses the 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) connector for full high-speed operation. One thing missing is an HDD LED, which there does not appear to be one.
The left-hand side of the chassis with the main glass panel is now visible. The glass is smoked, not blacked out, but darker than completely clear. The front panel we can see some of the ventilation ports which feed air behind the glass panel for the fans. The main glass panel is held closed with magnets, and it is attached to the chassis with two large metal hinges. The panel can be removed, but first, a screw must be removed from the top hinge, which keeps the panel from coming off inadvertently.
The main chamber of the rear looks like a standard chassis, and it seems like you just pulled a PSU from the bottom and rotated it to be behind the motherboard tray. The expansion slots are a plus one numbering eight. The 680X also offers a vertical GPU mount, but you have to purchase the ribbon separately. The rear exhaust fan is a 120mm preinstalled, but you can swap to a 140mm unit if you decide to. All of the expansion slots are internally accessed except for the vertical GPU slot, which has an external cover and mounting.
A solid steel panel covers the cable management side of the chassis, with the only opening being a large airflow mesh with a removable magnetic filter. This is made to help the PSU breathe as it sits upright with the fan facing this panel. To the right, you can see the thumbscrews that retain the panel to the chassis.
The bottom of the 680X is significant, being a dual-chamber design. The top area with the large filter is the main chamber, and the filter covers the lower fan/radiator mounting. The feet number four and have a metallic finish, along with rubber pads on its end, to avoid skidding.
Here you can see the filter removed and the massive dual opening, which supports 120mm and 140mm based mounting. The filter slides out from the sides and requires the door to be open for the filter to be removed.
Last updated: Feb 19, 2020 at 01:23 pm CST