Introduction and Exterior
A premium ATX case with all glass panels and RGB lighting
Corsair has just dropped a trio of new cases into the market, and I happen to have all of them in my secret enclosure testing bunker. While reviews for the other two are in the pipeline, the first of these to be completed is this impressive new Crystal Series 570X. Not only does this case have tempered glass galore (and an ultra-premium look and feel), but it also features customizable RGB lighting effects.
Glass has clearly (pun intended) been trending in the case world of late, and there are more tempered glass options at affordable price points than ever. There is still room for a premium option or two, and Corsair joins the ranks of In Win for a high-style enclosure with this Crystal 570X. At first glance the case looks like it's mostly tempered glass, and for the most part the exterior is just that. Glass panels comprise front and back sides, as well as the front and top of the case. In fact, only the back and bottom panels of the Crystal 570X are steel.
Here are some key points for the Crystal 570X from Corsair:
- Four tempered glass panels on the sides of the case: Possibly the most beautiful case CORSAIR has ever made. With tempered glass enclosing the entire chassis, every component of your build is on display.
- Customizable lighting: Light up your build with brilliant LED effects. Three included SP120 RGB LED fans and included LED controller keeps your components running cool. Each fan is equipped with vivid, configurable LED lights, enabling you to personalize your build.
- Room for virtually anything: Mounting points for 6 case fans and fully compatible with 360mm, 280mm, and 120mm radiators. Removable fan trays in the front and top of the chassis allows for additional space or mounting cooling outside of the chassis.
- Cable management made simple: Cable routing channels with included velcro cable straps for clean cable management.
- Easy to clean: Easily access dust filters on front, top, and bottom mean you’ll never spend more than a minute getting dust out of your system.
We'll begin with a look at the specifications from Corsair:
- Expansion Slots: 7
- Internal Drive Bays: 2x 3.5” tool free, 2x 2.5” tool free
- I/O Ports:
- 2x USB 3.0
- Power and Reset
- Headphone and mic
- 3-Button RGB Controller
- Front: 3x 120 mm (3x SP120 RGB fans included)
- Radiator Support:
- Front: Up to 280/360mm
- Rear: Up to 120mm
- Top: Up to 240mm
- Heatsink: 170 mm
- PSU: 225 mm
- Graphics: 370 mm
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 480 x 234 x 512 mm (18.9 x 9.2 x 20.2 inches)
- MSRP: $179
- Corsair Crystal Series 570X Enclosure: $179.99
It's unusual to see a case with glass on all sides (except the back and bottom panels), and the 570X really impresses out of the box. With all of that tempered glass the case is certainly not light, but it also feels extremely solid.
The front showcases the pre-installed trio of RGB intake fans, which can be controlled from top-mounted buttons. The top panel is also glass, which would allow for even more RGB fans to light up your room (if you so desire), but it looks really cool in any case.
The top panel is cut to accomodate case I/O:
Here we see the power switch, lighting controls, 3.5 mm audio jacks, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
Around back there is a 120 mm fan mount, seven expansion slots, and the typical bottom ATX PSU mount.
The bottom of the case features large feet with large rubber pads, and these made the case feel rock solid. We also get a look at the one screen filter that is directly accessed from the exterior (we'll check out the rest on the next page), and this PSU filter slides out from the rear:
The accessory box includes the required screws in separate bags, along with the usual zip ties and a couple of extra velcro straps for organizing cables.
Next we'll examine the interior of the Crystal Series 570X.
Case looks nice, blah blah
Case looks nice, blah blah blah blah, but two gripes which are not aimed at this case specifically, but in cases in general:
1. lack of support for an optical drive.
2. PSU filter that comes out hte side instead of the back.
I get it, this case has that glass panel, so an optical drive is impractical, but what if the panel swung on a pivot so you could open that optical drive? Or if the glass panel had the option to be shorter to accomodate an optical drive?
Also, I probably have one of the very few cases that has the psu filter that slides out the side – the Antec 1100
Optical drives are clearly
Optical drives are clearly considered on the way out. I have one in my computer, can’t remember the last time I used it.
I don’t know when I used
I don’t know when I used my last either…
My current build is based on
My current build is based on NZXT440, no optical drive. I was concerned that it would be a hindrance, bit in the last six months, I haven’t had the need to use an optical drive. Long live broadband!
I know it is for airflow, but
I know it is for airflow, but the grill area on top of the pcie slots and the grill like slot covers really make the back of the case look ugly to me when looking through the side panel.
This is the first PC case
This is the first PC case I’ve seen in a while that visually impressed me. Would be a great case for someone who wants to show off a high end build (wherever people actually do that). Those noise levels are pretty high though.
PSU shroud is too short, has
PSU shroud is too short, has no holes in it for wires and there is no fans speed controller like I have on my Corsair 600. It is nice to have the RGB controller on the top IO, animation speed, color and mode are available. However fan speed and illumination brightness have been ignored. These are not PWM fans!
How about the
How about the Raijintek Paean Dual-Compartment Chassis with Tempered Glass next? It is glass and aluminium and is relatively inexpensive, and from the pics it looks awesome. They mention both test bench applications and aluminium, so it is really up my alley.
I didn’t think Raijintek was
I didn't think Raijintek was distributed in the U.S., but I see they are sold by Newegg. I'll see if they are interested in sending out any samples.
Awesome. Thanks so much for
Awesome. Thanks so much for trying.
A great case that I cannot
A great case that I cannot use. I live in a motorhome and travel much of the time. Glass is a no-no!