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Review: Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB

by Parm Mann on 21 November 2016, 14:00

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Conclusion

...the best-looking case that Corsair has ever made, but while the 570X is a visual treat, expectations are tempered by a few functional shortcomings.

Corsair is bringing some much-needed flair to its chassis portfolio with the introduction of the Crystal Series product line. Spearheaded by the mid-tower 570X RGB, the new range employs popular features such as tempered glass panelling and RGB fans to stunning effect.

This arguably is the best-looking case that Corsair has ever made, but while the 570X is a visual treat, expectations are tempered by a few functional shortcomings. Sound-dampening is practically nonexistent, cable management isn't perfect, and for a late-2016 chassis commanding a $179 MSRP, it's a shame not to see USB Type-C featured as standard.

Playing devil's advocate, it's also worth contemplating whether or not the RGB fans are worth the investment. After the initial fun of playing with colours and effects, in our experience the excitement soon wears off, and as a Philips Hue user, the fans weren't smart enough to keep me interested in the long term. They won't automatically dim at night, the default breathing/flicker efforts aren't entertaining for long, and yet there are lots of cables to contend with.

Turns out Corsair's best-looking case isn't its best-ever case, yet perhaps it doesn't need to be. Creating a jaw-dropping visual statement is part of the fun of building on your own PC, and if you're looking to turn heads, Corsair's Crystal Series 570X is ultimately an eye-catching choice.

The Good
 
The Bad
Tempered glass looks brilliant
Removable trays aid radiator installation
Plenty of fan/radiator mounting points
RGB fans give it another dimension
Solid build quality throughout
 
Does little to contain noise
Lacks front-facing USB Type-C
Cable management could be better
No reset button



Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB

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I love the visual design of this case on its own - but I do think the on-show wiring from the PSU ruins it IMO. Perhaps some creative cable tidy techniques could be used to make the wiring look “good” however even my budget CIT G Force case hides my wiring better and looks tidier compared to this when fully installed, due to the way the PSU is fully shrouded and lets me feed cabling through the back panel space. It has nowhere near as good build quality as this of course, but still, that seems a bit of an oversight.
It does look nice, but possibly looks a touch too much. For my own tastes, the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass strikes the right balance of what to show or not. Still wouldnt turn one down as a freebie though :)
Looks nice but lack of sound dampening makes it a deal-breaker.

Haven't looked back since getting a Fractal Design Define R5.
“Complicate and add fingerprints”

Having owned a glass paneled case, I can honestly say I have better things to do than to constantly wipe away dust and greasy smudges.
I'm a big fan of how this. It's something genuinely stylish in a market that often seems exclusively catered towards people who like their PC's to resemble alien spacecraft. If I was looking for a case right now, I'd probably take one of these.