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Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Compact ATX Case Review

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Crystal 460X RGB System Build

The only way to really evaluate a computer case is to build a system in it, so let’s get started. With the power supply shrouds and 3.5″ drive cage removed, the interior of the Corsair Crystal 460X RGB case is revealed to be a standard mid-tower design. One nice touch is that all the motherboard standoffs are built into the case, so you don’t have to screw them in yourself.

There’s plenty of room for even large power supplies, but all I had on hand was this SFX-L unit, which looks tiny…

Installing a 240mm AIO water cooler means you have to remove the two top fans, attach them to the radiator, and then attach the whole assembly back to the front of the case. A 360mm radiator would fit but you’d have to remove the 3.5″ drive bays.

Remember how I measured 5/8″ cable clearance for the back of the motherboard tray? That does not include the area behind the three 2.5″ drive brackets, which present a problem: they touch the rear case panel when it’s on, so you can’t run any cables over the bracket. This makes connecting SATA power connectors, which are almost always attached at right angles to their cables, difficult. This one issue almost negates the utility of these drive bays. It might be possible to bend the cable very sharply, right at the connector, to force it to fit, but I elected to simply install my SSD in one of the 3.5″ drive bays. Corsair could have addressed this issue by either engineering a bulge into the case side panel over these brackets, or by supplying a custom 3-position SATA power extension cable.

Corsair provides a plethora of tie down points on the back of the motherboard tray, so keeping your cables reasonably tidy is pretty easy, as long as you avoid the 2.5″ drive bracket area.

And we’re done! A full ATX system with a 240mm water cooler all fits easily and well. Sadly the SFX main power cable was too short to route neatly behind the motherboard.

I’ll present my final thoughts and conclusion in the next section.


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2 comments

  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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