Interior and Build Process
The interior of the Crystal 460X RGB is open, but fairly small for ATX as the enclosure is designed to be compact.
The bottom of the interior is covered by a two-piece plastic shield just as we saw with the Carbide 400C, and this hides the power supply and 3.5-inch drive bays.
Three SP120 RGB fans arrive preinstalled on the front intake
Behind the motherboard tray we have a trio of pop-in SSD bays, the 3.5-inch hard drive bays on the lower left, and space for standard ATX power supplies on the bottom right.
As this is the RGB version of the Crystal 460X, you can see a lighting controller on the left side attached to the front fans, though an integrated controller on the top I/O panel makes this redundant.
Beginning with the motherboard, as you can see this ATX board fits with very little to spare along the bottom edge, due to that bottom cover. ATX boards vary in width, but you should not have any issues with vertical space for a motherboard mount.
Speaking of vertical space, how well are liquid coolers supported above the motherboard on the top fan mounts? We have certainly seen compact case designs that are weak in this area, so for a quick test I mounted a standard 240 mm liquid cooler (Corsair H100i GTX) above the system.
Even though this particular motherboard has some pretty substantial heatsinks on the VRM there were no clearance issues with the liquid cooler, though memory is going to be limited to standard height DIMMs if you are going with a radiator up top:
Storage installation is particularly easy in this case. SSDs slide in and lock without tools or brackets, and the 3.5-inch hard drive trays are easy to pop on and slide in as well.
The power supply install is less convenient, as it requires the removal of the lower cover. This slides out after removing thumbscrews from the back of the motherboard tray.
With the cover panels removed it's just a matter of attaching the PSU and routing the cables.
Next we will take a look at the finished build and see how it performed.