Introduction and Case Exterior
Corsair's new Crystal Series 280X RGB enclosure brings tempered glass and lighting effects down to the size of the company's previous micro-ATX Carbide Air 240 case (reviewed here back in 2014), creating a high-end take on this compact dual-chamber design. Beyond the stylish appearance an important question presents itself: can the Crystal 280X RGB offer sufficient airflow for good cooling with all of those glass panels? We will find out!
There is no more pervasive trend in the world of PC hardware than RGB lighting, and with the Crystal Series of enclosures Corsair adds the one component you will need to see as much of that colorful lighting as possible: glass, glass, and more glass. Yes, no fewer than three panels of the tinted, tempered glass variety adorn the 280X RGB, with the side, front, and top of the case covered - or, with the front and top, partially covered. About a third of the front is a solid panel, as is a third of the top, and this serves to help illustrate from the exterior that we are actually looking at a dual-chamber design.
Not so 'micro' ATX?
There are those who feel that an enclosure's internal volume must be low to qualify as "small form-factor", and that can certainly be argued; consider this design (like that of the Air 240), then, a compact take on the larger cube-like dual-chamber case that started with the Carbide Series Air 540 which we reviewed way back in 2013. As you will see, the ease with which a clean-looking build can be completed in such a case, and the ample storage and fan support, help mitigate the size. This case is wide for its height, though the rear chamber allows for the easy installation of a full-size ATX power supply, simultaneous installation of two standard hard drives and another three SSDs, and plenty of room for cable management.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2018 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Crystal 280X, corsair, MicroATX, CUE
Recently announced at CES, the Corsair Crystal 280X RGB is up for review over at The Tech Report. This microATX is wider than your average breadbox, 398x276x351mm (15.7x10.9x13.8") which gives you room for a 240mm rad and numerous 120/140mm fans on almost any side you desire, including the bottom. Corsair CUE software will ensure all your RGBs blink in sync and with three tempered glass sides you will be able to see all of them. Head on over for a better look at Corsair's newest case.
"Corsair's Crystal Series 280X RGB is an unabashedly high-end microATX enclosure—a unicorn, in other words. We built up a high-end system worth of this enclosure and put the 280X RGB to the test to see if its performance can keep up with its striking looks."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Crystal Series 280X @ Guru of 3D
- Enermax LiqFusion 240 RGB @ Modders Inc
- XSPC RayStorm Pro X4 Photon AX360 WaterCooling Kit Review @ NikKTech
- Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB @ Modders-Inc
- Reeven NAIA 240 @ TechPowerUp