Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX Case Review


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Closer Look: Crystal 460X RGB

Corsair calls the Crystal 460X RGB a “compact ATX” case. It is smaller than ATX cases you may have used in the past; it’s shorter front-to-back than older case designs because there are no drive bays in front, and it’s not quite as tall  as there’s no room for a top-mounted radiator. You can, however, mount front 240mm or 360mm radiators (the latter would require removing the 3.5″ drive bays) as well as a 120mm radiator in the rear. This view is sans glass panels since the case is all but impossible to photograph with them on! Here you can see the plastic front spacer that holds the front glass panel about 1″ out from the case to allow air intake from the sides.

The front and side glass panels are a little tricky to remove and reinstall. Rather than hanging the panels on pegs and securing them with nuts, Corsair designed a system that uses very small “outcroppings” to hang the panel on…

…and secures them with these screws. The best way to remove or install the panels is to lay the case on its side or back so that the panel you want to remove is facing up. This minimizes the possibility that you’ll let a panel drop and shatter.

In this brave new world, there are no front drive bays. A removable cover hides two 3.5″ bays in front of the power supply. The three includes fans are Corsair’s SP120 RGB models. We reviewed the HD120 RGB fans here, and the difference seems to be that the SP120’s used in this case have their LEDs in the fan hub, whereas the HD120 have their LEDs at the rim. Confusingly, Corsair’s web page for the Crystal 460X RGB shows images of the case equipped with both types of fans.

The Crystal 460X RGB is “fully filtered”. The front filter is the most difficult to get to as you must remove four screws, pull off the tempered glass front panel, and then the plastic spacer panel behind that. The filter’s frame has imbedded magnets to keep it in place.

A slide-out power supply intake filter is on the bottom of the case…

A magnetically attached top filter rounds out the filter list…although I don’t understand its inclusion since top case fans are typically outward-facing, so the filter is extraneous.

At the top of the case we have three buttons for fan lighting control, a reset button, a hard disk activity indicator, headphone and microphone ports, two USB 3.0 connectors, and the power button.

Let’s look at more aspects of this case in the next section.


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  1. John

    Clearly not designed with water cooling in mind, this case is great for those who are after a well designed, good looking case to build an average system in, with RGB to dress it up.
    Not one to argue with a reviewer, but why insist on fitting an A.I.O with a 240mm radiator in to the front of a case which in my opinion only increases heat going in to the case!
    The clear choice should be a smaller 120mm radiator placed at the rear exhausting the heat.
    Ideally the case should have been made with extra height to allow a top mount radiator without resorting to some ridiculous external radiator mounting modification on the top.

  2. David Ramsey

    The point of the AIO system isn’t to remove heat from the case; it’s to remove heat from the processor. While a direct air flow out of the case with a top-mounted rad would be superior in theory, in practice it doesn’t really make a difference: even under heavy CPU loads, the air coming off the radiator is only somewhat warm; the minor increase in temperature isn’t enough to affect the operation of anything inside the case.

    That said, the 240mm setup was overkill for this build, but it’s what I had laying around.

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