With increasingly good-looking hardware comes increasingly transparent chassis’ aimed at showcasing the glory of the shiny bits within. Put your build on display through stunning two-panel tempered glass and keep it all running cool and quiet with Direct Airflow technology — Corsair’s (relatively new) 460X Mid Tower chassis in review.
- Mid Tower
- Steel and tempered glass
- 3x 120 mm [3x pre-installed] front fans
- 1x 120 mm rear fan
- 2x 120 mm top fans
- Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and ATX
- CPU Cooler: 170 mm
- GPU: 370 mm
- PSU: 200 mm
Corsair’s RX 460X ships in two flavors differentiated by LED availability: 460X with 3 SP120 RGB intake fans for $140 (~R1900), or the 460X with 3 SP12 non-RGB fans for $120 (~R1600). The value proposition is good – the added cost of separately buying three RGB fans would be far higher than the $20/R300 difference – but a non-LED model is available for users who don’t want them. There are no rear or top fans are included with the case, as all three are situated as intakes. The Corsair 400C/400Q won the OC3D Gold Award earlier this year, marking it as a fantastic chassis in my books. The question that now needs to be asked is, does the 460X add enough to be worth its larger price tag?
In many ways, the 460X can be referred to as an enhanced 400c chassis, coming with the same internal layout and PSU shroud. PC builders will find the same build options and compromises as the 400c, too. Corsair has made only minor changes to the interior, and that’s a good thing as the 400C layout is a tried and trusted quantity. Dimensions of 464mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 440mm (D) make it reasonably compact for a mid-tower frame, yet on the inside there’s room for a couple of graphics cards measuring up to 370mm in length and a CPU heatsink standing up to 165mm tall. Users who enjoy their content in the digital form will appreciate the lack of a 5.25″ drive bay which also makes for a pleasantly aesthetic and clean front-end.
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. Held in place with four screws, the front panel is a free float type of mounting, as it doesn’t touch the rest of the case. Gone is the solid front panel, the quick-release side window has been swapped for a tempered glass panel, and the top I/O panel has been updated. Lining the top-front edge, it now includes mode, transition speed and colour toggles for the RGB fans, alongside the standard selection of reset, audio jacks, dual USB 3.0 (no type-C just yet) and a power button.
Tempered glass is positioned front and side for the 460X. For those wondering how the case manages airflow, it’s through the same mechanism that the 400C, 600C, and NZXT’s H440/S340 breathe: The front panel protrudes enough from the chassis that side grills act as intakes for the three fans. Unlike the pricier Crystal Series 570X, there’s no dedicated area for a reservoir or pump, yet if your plan is to stick to air cooling or an all-in-one liquid cooler, space is ample for a high-end build and the end result looks nice and neat.
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. One new feature that Corsair has added with the 460X is that the case fully supports the companies SP120 RGB LED fans, with a control unit built into the chassis and three control buttons at the top of the case to control the systems LED colour, lighting effect and the speed of the lighting changes. This is a unique feature to Corsair’s new 460X and 570X cases.
A trio of rubber-grommeted routing holes help keep everything tidy, as do mesh filters on the top, front and bottom. The top filter is a mesh lining held in place by magnets. Behind the motherboard tray are the three 2.5″ slots for SSDs and the tool-less 3.5″ bays. The Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB arrives with three 120 mm RGB LEDs included, as mentioned, but you can add another three for a total of six fans. Behind the motherboard tray are two small boxes that power and control the fans -I am not too sure as to why Corsair decided that putting the fan controls here was a good idea since you have the far more readily accessible lighting controls at the top.
Going back to our initial question of whether or not the 460X adds enough to be worth its larger price tag – For those on a tighter budget, the chassis offers some great features while still using tempered glass and RGB lighting. Inside, there is plenty of space for large CPU coolers, big graphics cards and cable management is easy to control. If you’re wanting to use one of Corsair’s closed loops then there is mounting allocation at the top and front.