Corsair Crystal 570X Tempered Glass Case Review

For years, computer cases have been made mostly of metal.  A few years ago, several companies began to innovate and use alternative materials such as Tempered Glass.  Those cases were typically limited editions and fairly expensive.  Tempered Glass gives cases an unobstructed view of the internal components, while providing a sleek and high end feel to the case.  Like most companies, Corsair has developed a new line of cases utilizing Tempered Glass panels, the first case from the new line is the Crystal 460X, it has two Tempered Glass panels, one on the side and one on the front. [caption id="attachment_188018" align="aligncenter" width="621"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Fans and Tempered Glass Case[/caption] The next case in the new Corsair Crystal line is the Crystal 570X, it is a higher end version of the Crystal 460X.  The Crystal 570X has four Tempered Glass side panels, and includes three SP120 RGB fans; that's not all that the Crystal 570X features.  At a high level, the Crystal 570X supports ATX motherboards, up to 6 120mm fans or up to 360mm AIO liquid cooling units, USB 3.0, up to 2 3.5" hard drives and 2 2.5" hard drives.  When the Crystal 570X is released, it will have a MSRP of $179.99, and includes Corsair's standard 2 year warranty. [gallery ids="187954,187955,187952"] The packaging for the Corsair Crystal 570X follows their standard packaging practice, with a slight change.  As most cases are towers, the boxes are designed for the case to stand upright in the box.  Corsair has instead designed the packaging for the Crystal 570X to sit in the box like a desktop.  The read of the standard information is on the box, allowing the consumer to know what the Crystal 570X is capable of.  One side presents a high level overview, while another provides the specifications (which is listed on two sides in various languages).  The final side gives an exploded view of the case, along with pointing out a few additional features. Features and Specifications
Corsair Crystal 570X Specifications
Case Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 480 x 234 x 512mm (HxWxD)
Motherboard Support  Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX
Maximum GPU Length 370mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height 170mm
Maximum PSU Length 225mm
Case Expansion Slots 7
Case Drive Bays Internal Tool-Less:  2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5"
Case Materials Steel, Tempered Glass
Front I/O 2x USB 3.0 Power and Reset Headphone / Microphone 3-Button RGB Controller
Fan Mount Locations Front:  3x SP120 RGB Fan (included) or 2x 140mm Rear:  120mm (not included) Top:  2x 140mm (not included)
Radiator Mount Locations Front:  Up to 280/360mm Rear:  120mm Top:  Up to 240mm
Warranty 2 Years
[caption id="attachment_187953" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Interior Packaging[/caption] Most cases are packaged in some type of bag and placed between heavy duty Styrofoam blocks.  The Crystal 570X is packaged in a similar manner, with the bag it is packaged in is the cloth type bag, not a plastic bag.  While the Styrofoam blocks have been replaced with sturdy layers of plastic foam. [caption id="attachment_188115" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Accessory Pack[/caption] When purchasing a case, you expect to have the necessary screws, standoffs and user manual; Corsair includes those.  They do go a bit further with their accessory pack; most cases include cable ties here there are six, fan screws are also included: eight long, and twelve short fan screws, and two Corsair branded Velcro straps.  Along with the multi-language user manual for the Crystal 570X, a user manual for the SP120 RGB fans is also included. Now that we know a little about Corsair's latest case, let's take a look around the case before opening it up and installing a system.

Crystal 570X Exterior

[caption id="attachment_187971" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Profile View Glass Protection[/caption] Corsair has done a great job at trying to protect the tempered glass panels from even the smallest scratches, by putting a plastic film on all the panels.  I'll begin by removing the film so we can see the case in all it's glory. [caption id="attachment_187974" align="aligncenter" width="471"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Front[/caption] The front panel is pretty plain as it is entirely made of Tempered Glass.  Held in place with four screws, it is a free float type of mounting, as it doesn't touch the rest of the case.  All the tempered glass is identical, with a smokey tint to it, giving it a sleek, mysterious look, but still allowing for easy visability of the internal components.  Looking through the glass, we can quickly see there is a filter behind it, which is sitting in front of the three SP120mm fans.  Corsair has placed their gaming logo at the bottom of the case, which is a nice unobtrusive location. [gallery ids="187976,187975"] Turning our attention to the side panels, both of the side panels are identical.  Like the front panel, they are entirely tempered glass, and uses the free-float method mounting system.  There is absolutely no difference between these panels, I reversed the panels to make sure everything lines up and had no issues reinstalling them swapped around.  Both panels will provide a view of the entire internal components, without modifications there is no hiding anything from view. [caption id="attachment_187973" align="aligncenter" width="468"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Back Panel[/caption] The back panel is pretty standard, at the top is the motherboard rear I/O key and room for an exhaust fan; Corsair did not include a rear exhaust fan, if you want one you'll need to pick up a 120mm fan.  Next we find the seven expansion slots, and additional airflow holes; a Kensington cable lock slot is included.  The bottom we find the common power supply mounting location.  Overall, nothing unusual about the back paenl. [caption id="attachment_187972" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Bottom PSU Filter Removal[/caption] Like most cases with a bottom mounted power supply, the Crystal 570X includes a removable filter that slides out of the back of the case.  I was surprised at how heavy duty the power supply filter is. [caption id="attachment_187977" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Top Panel[/caption] The fourth tempered glass panel is the top, this panel is cut to allow for the I/O cluster, and is held in place with four long thumbscrews.  Like the other three panels, it is free-floating, resting only on the mounting brackets. [caption id="attachment_187978" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Top I/O[/caption] The top mounted I/O cluster includes the usual items: power button, headphone/microphone 3.5mm jacks, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports.  The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports are black, instead of the common blue color, not a big deal though.  Corsair has also included an external lighting controller, that provides three options color, speed and mode.  This is an extension of the internal controller that can be purchased separately with the SP120 RGB fans, which we will see later.  The color modes include White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet and color cycling.  Lighting modes include Breath & Flicker, Static, Breathing, and Flicker.  Finally, the speed control includes three options, High, Medium and Slow.  The one option here that I'd like to see, is a brightness control. [caption id="attachment_187980" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Bottom[/caption] Turning our attention to the bottom panel, there really isn't much to see here.  This panel is solid except for the power supply fan intake, which has the filter covering it.  Two feet of the case is provided by two large feet that have a rubber later to keep it from sliding around. [caption id="attachment_188015" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Panel Thumbscrews[/caption] Corsair uses two different length of thumbscrews to secure the tempered glass panels.  The top and front panels use long thumbscrews, while the two side panels use the short ones.  Each of the thumbscrews has a piece of rubber attached to keep the metal of the thumbscrew from scratching up the tempered glass.  From all the systems I have built, and deconstructed I have a large stash of thumbscrews.  Pulling out several, I found that they all fit as replacements; of course they don't have the rubber gasket but that's easily remedied if I wanted to use alternative thumbscrews. [caption id="attachment_188016" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Front Panel[/caption] As we being to remove the tempered glass panels, we can take a look at the rest of the case.  Behind the front panel, is the intake filter, which uses large honeycombs for supporting the mesh filter.  The filter is held in place with magnets, and is easily removed from the case for cleaning; of course the front glass panel has to be removed first.  Behind the intake filter is the three SP120 RGB fans.  The SP120 RGB fans are rated for 52CFM with 26dBA at 1400RPM.  The SP120 RGB series fans, use four hub-mounted LED's to illuminate the translucent blades, which will allow them to have a nice glow.  If you wanted to have the best RGB fans, you might opt to switch them out for the HD120 series, which uses 12 individually controlled LED's, however that is not compatible with the included controller so that would need to be swapped as well.  Removing the filter also exposes the LED behind the Corsair logo, which should light up nicely in white, and won't clash with any color scheme you have the RGB fans set to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdDX0n7TFy0 Let's open the case, and see what surprises Corsair has for us on the interior.

Crystal 570X Interior

[caption id="attachment_188019" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Motherboard Tray[/caption] If you know how to use thumbscrews, then removing any of the four Tempered Glass side panels will be easy to do.  With the panels off, we can get a clear view of the internal components.  On the main side, we see that the entire case has been painted black, which offers a nice contrast to any color scheme.  Corsair has pre-installed the standoffs on the motherboard tray, with the center standoff being a guide post.  There are a total of five cable management holes, two at the top and three along the edge.  The three along the edge are grommeted to provide a sleek view.  Between the front panel and the motherboard tray is a flat unused space, which could be taken up with a liquid reservoir or an AIO cooler with push/pull fans.  We can see that Corsair has installed a 3/4 length power supply cover, that has the Corsair logo on it. [caption id="attachment_188022" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Front Intake Fans[/caption] The front panel, we don't find anything unexpected.  The three SP120 fans are packed here, and could be placed with 2x 140mm fans.  Up to a 360mm radiator can also be placed here if you are going for liquid cooling. [caption id="attachment_188020" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Bottom Panel and PSU Shroud[/caption] The bottom section of the case has the power supply cover, which covers about 2/3 of the bottom bottom.  The rest of the space is open, which should allow for plenty of room to install your AIO cooler with a push/pull configuration, or place a liquid cooling reservoir here.  Corsair has placed their logo and name on the side of the power supply cover.  Looking at the preview pictures provided by Corsair, this should light-up in white, making it stand out from the rest of the case. [caption id="attachment_188021" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Back Panel[/caption] No surprises on the back panel, we can see there is ample room to add a 120mm fan exhaust fan, it would have been nice if Corsair had included a fourth SP120 as an exhaust fan.  The explansion slot brackets are vented and held in place with thumbscrews.  There are aditional air vents above the expansion slots, and enough room that should you have a tall GPU or one of the new larger SLI brackets you should have plenty of room. [gallery ids="188025,188024,188023"] At the top of the case is room to mount up to a 280mm radiator, or two 120mm or 140mm fans (keeping  in mind that Corsair's specifications only list up to a 240mm radiator).  To make installing your radiator easy, Corsair has made the top bracket removable.  Removing two thumbscrews the bracket can be removed to install your radiator outside of the case.  Or if you don't want the bracket in there, you can always opt to leave the top open. [caption id="attachment_188079" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Back Side Without Glass[/caption] Taking a quick glance at the back of the motherboard tray, we can see that Corsair has done a great job at using the space to it's maximum potential.  There are multiple cable tie locations spread around the back side in key locations.  The power supply is installed from this side, and has several rubber feet to keep the potential vibration to a minimum.  Let's take a closer look at the back panel, and see what else the Crystal 570X offers. [caption id="attachment_188080" align="aligncenter" width="505"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X 3.5" Drive Trays[/caption] On the back of the side of the motherboard tray, Corsair has done a good job at hiding as much as possible, while still making all t he components readily available.  On the front section of the back side, we find the two 3.5" hard drive trays that are held in place with two thumbscrews.  These plastic trays are of a common design allowing for a tool-less installation of the hard drives.  To help keep the cables tidy, Corsair has installed a cable cover, that is held in place with a couple of thumbscrews.  The front fan cables are routed between the two 3.5" hard drive trays.  They aren't bundled together, to keep things a little cleaner, I'd probably bundle them with a few cable ties or wrap. [caption id="attachment_188081" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Fan and Lighting Controller and 2.5" Drive Trays[/caption] In addition to the hidden 3.5" drive trays, Corsair has also placed two 2.5" drive trays on the back of the motherboard tray.  We have seen these trays before, they are extremely easy to use, simply slide your drive in, and they snap into place.  To the right of the CPU cutout hole, is the SP fan light controller, which has three buttons on it, with a pass-through control option for the top buttons.  This connects to the included fan controller, which will support up to 6 SP fans (the controller has to be populated in order 1 - 6).  This is not a PWM controller, you would need to upgrade the fans to the HD series with a new controller for it to be PWM controlled. Now that we have seen everything the Crystal 570X has to offer, let's put a system in it and see how it looks.

Crystal 570X Build

[caption id="attachment_188185" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Main Side Components Installed[/caption] The Corsair Crystal 570X comfortably fits an ATX motherboard, a smaller motherboard would obviously fit with plenty of room.  The slightly angled cable management holes, makes it a little nicer to route cables through, especially like the SATA ports that are along the edge of the motherboard.  At the front of the case, there is plenty of room to install liquid cooling options.   There is approximately 3.5" of space between the SP120 fans, and the cable management holes, which is more than enough room to install a thick radiator, and fans in a push/pull configuration; or a large reservoir on the bottom. [caption id="attachment_188183" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Front Cabling[/caption] When routing the cables for the connectors on the bottom edge of the motherboard, I found that without a hole on top of the power supply cover, I had to run the cables over the top of the cover.  Thankfully, this motherboard has two USB 3.0 ports, and I was planning on using the one near the 24-pin ATX power connector, however if I wanted to use the bottom one for a cleaner installation, the big USB 3.0 cable would be laying on top of the power supply cover.  It's a little hard to see, but the top panel connectors (power switch and power LED) I routed from below the power supply cover.  The PCI-E power cables, were routed along the back side of the tray, and routed through the second cable management hole in the tray, with the 24-pin ATX power cable through the top hole. [caption id="attachment_188180" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Back of Motherboard Tray[/caption] Taking a quick look at the back of the motherboard tray, we can see there is plenty of room to install the AIO liquid cooler support bracket without any issues.  There is more than enough room that it should be able to accommodate most placements of the CPU.  Overall, the cable management is fairly easy to do, with a few caveats, which we will discuss momentarily.  With the 3.5" hard drives, and 2.5" SSD's in place, I could it extremely easy to connect both the data and power cables. [caption id="attachment_188182" align="aligncenter" width="623"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X 3.5" Drives and Cable Routing[/caption] Here is the second place where I started to become a little disappointed.  First, let's talk about the 3.5" hard drives, while they are mounted well, and secured to the trays with the tool-less clips, I would have personally preferred to see the labels on the drives rather than the black case and PCB.  I did try to turn them around so the labels would face out, however then they stood out too far and the panel wouldn't go on.    Next, let's take a closer look at the cable channel without the cover.  Other than the pre-installed cables, we added the four SATA data cables, 2x PCI-E cables and the 24-pin ATX motherboard power cable.  With just these, as we saw previously, I wasn't able to get the cover on; the ATX power cable, with the other cables was just too much in that little area.  I moved the 24-pin ATX cable out of the way it was still a little difficult to replace the cover, however I was able to install it without pinching any of the cables. If there had been a couple cable holes on top of the power supply cover, I could have routed the PCI-E cables through that, and not had any issues with the cover.  Another option would be to discard the cover, and secure all the cables neatly in that channel.  With the cover in place, I could secure the 24-pin ATX cable on the other side of the LED control hub as there is a cable tie location there. [caption id="attachment_188181" align="aligncenter" width="564"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X 2.5" SSD[/caption] The area on the back of the motherboard tray for the SSD drives is very clean.  While I didn't spend much time on doing these cables, it really wasn't necessary.  Most of the cables fall down alongside the power supply, and the one cable that routes to the top, is easily routed along the back edge.  There are a couple cable tie locations here that will keep that 8-pin AUX power cable secure.  While I haven't secured the cable, there is a well placed tie location at the top to keep it secure.  Corsair has already secured the cables going from the LED control hub to the controller and to the top buttons, nothing to worry about on those. [gallery ids="188197,188195,188194,188191,188193,188192,188196"] I hadn't seen the Corsair SP120 RGB fans before, and have to admit I'm impressed with the quality of their color.  With the hub mounted LED's, the colors refract through the translucent blades better than I had imagined, and better than the pictures show.  In low light, the color reaches from the center hub to the edge of the blades. Playing with the controls, on the top mounted controller, for somebody that hadn't seen the case before, it took a quick minute to figure out the order of the buttons.  As a refresher, they are Color, Speed then Mode.  The colors include White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet and color cycling.  Lighting modes include Breath & Flicker, Static, Breathing, and Flicker.  Finally, the speed control includes three options, High, Medium and Slow. [caption id="attachment_188266" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Finished Build[/caption]

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

[caption id="attachment_188017" align="aligncenter" width="629"]Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Fans and Tempered Glass Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Fans and Tempered Glass[/caption] Corsair is always keeping up with the enthusiast market, offering solutions to fit most budgets.  One of the latest trends is the use of Tempered Glass, and as Corsair enters that space with the Crystal case line, they will have multiple models to choose from initially.  We took a look at the Crystal 570X RGB that utilizes four Tempered Glass panels, and found that it is one of the nicest looking cases available. All four of the Tempered Glass panels are held in place with four thumbscrews, which also give the panels a free float design.  With free float designs, dust will be a concern; Corsair has placed filters on the front, top and bottom to help with that.  On the two side panels, there is a small gap (about the thickness of 10 sheets of paper). [caption id="attachment_188183" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Corsair Crystal 570X Corsair Crystal 570X Front Cabling[/caption] With any new design, there are sometimes there are things that the manufacturer didn't realize.  Keeping in mind that the Crystal 570X is designed to be a "show case", I felt there were a few minor design issues.  Two of the things I felt need to be reviewed could be solved very easily by placing a couple cable management holes on top of the power supply cover.  We spoke to Corsair about this, and they realize this is an oversight.  This would allow cables to be routed under the power supply cover to the bottom edge connectors, and PCI-E cables to come up through there as well, making some space on the back side of the case to hide the cables under the cover (which I'd like to see made a little deeper).  The other is strictly a person preference, with the 3.5" hard drives, I would prefer the drives to be installed the other direction, allowing the drive labels to be seen; granted this might make connecting the data and power cables a little more difficult. The Corsair Crystal 570X supports up to a standard ATX motherboard, with support for 2x 3.5" hard drives, and 2x 2.5" SSD's.  For cooling, you have a wide range of options from up to six 120mm fans (Corsair includes three SP120 RGB fans with a controller), or up to 360mm liquid cooling radiator.  If you prefer air cooling, the CPU cooler can be up to 170mm tall.  When you are able to find the Corsair Crystal 570X for sale, it will have a MSRP of $179, which includes Corsair's standard 2 year warranty. Legit Bottom Line:  The Corsair Crystal 570X is a beautiful looking case, it is a case that you will want to show off your system.  Even with the cabling issue, you can make it look incredible, and take pride in showing off your components.