Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX Case Review


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Compact ATX Case Detailed Features

The back of the motherboard tray is festooned with tie down points and has rubber grommets covering the main cable management holes. In this image you can see the mounting bracket for three 2.5″ drives below the CPU cooler mounting plate cutout.

The three buttons for fan lighting control at the top of the case are extensions to the actual controller, which is here. Interestingly it’s labeled “SP Lighting Controller”, whereas the one I reviewed with the HD120 RGB fan kit was labeled “HD Lighting Controller”. The SP fans included with this case have four RGB LEDs mounted in the hubs, whereas the HD120 fans have 12 LEDs mounted around the rim of the fan. You can plug an HD120 fan into the SP hub, but it will default to white light, all the time, and ignore the controller options.

A six-fan lighting hub is included so you can add up to three more SP120 RGB fans. These connections are for lighting only: each fan has two cables, a lighting cable to plug into this hub and a 3-pin power cable.

2.5″ drives, presumably SSDs, easily snap into place in the three-drive bracket. The entire bracket is removable if you don’t need it. Not seen in this image are the clever “eject springs” that push the drive up and out of the bracket when you pull back the locking lever.

There are no surprises at the back of the case– it’s a standard bottom-power-supply ATX design with seven slots.

There’s exactly 5/8″ of clearance between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel.

OK, it’s time to build a system in this case…


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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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