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Corsair Crystal Series 570X Tempered Glass Case Review

Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the 570X

While we don't really need to take off the glass side panels to look inside the Crystal Series 570X, it does make it easier to photograph (and avoids a bunch of unintential selfies from yours truly). 

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All glass panels are suspended from rubberized mounts at each corner, and secured with cushioned thumbscrews. I'll add that these glass panels are very substantial, and are quite heavy as side panels go.

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I'll stop here to quickly cover the large screen air filters located just below the front and top glass panels, beginning with the front:

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Both of these are magnetically-attached filters, and are particularly easy to get to thanks to the easily-removed glass panels.

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The upper dust filter

From a maintenance standpoint, this 570X is a case I could happily live with in a dusty house, and the glass panels can be kept spotless easily with a microfiber cloth.

Now let's look inside!

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The component chamber is generous, though the shroud at the bottom of the case reduces the vertical space around the motherboard. The shroud (which hides the power supply) is metal, and the corsair logo affixed to it lights up when the case is powered on.

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The right side of the case is open all the way to the bottom of the enclosure, leaving room for big radiators.

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Out of the box this space is occupied by a trio of RGB fans on a removable metal tray, and lighting or these is controlled from the I/O panel up top. (No fan speed control, however.)

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Inside the back we have the familiar mid-tower setup, with 7 expansion slots and a 120 mm exhaust fan.

Up top is more interesting, as we have another removable metal tray for the upper fan mounts:

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A thumbscrew on each side releases the tray, making the 570X one of the best enclosures available for easy liquid cooler installation.

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Turning the car around we see the two 3.5” hard drive trays on the left, and a pair of pop-out SSD slots below the motherboard cutout. In between there is the RGB fan control block.

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Up on the top right there is an RGB control for the front fans, though this is redundant with the top I/O control.

Next we'll go over the build process with the 570X.

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November 21, 2016 | 09:33 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

Case looks nice, blah blah blah blah, but two gripes which are not aimed at this case specifically, but in cases in general:

1. lack of support for an optical drive.
2. PSU filter that comes out hte side instead of the back.

I get it, this case has that glass panel, so an optical drive is impractical, but what if the panel swung on a pivot so you could open that optical drive? Or if the glass panel had the option to be shorter to accomodate an optical drive?

Also, I probably have one of the very few cases that has the psu filter that slides out the side - the Antec 1100

November 21, 2016 | 12:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Optical drives are clearly considered on the way out. I have one in my computer, can't remember the last time I used it.

November 21, 2016 | 01:51 PM - Posted by CB (not verified)

+1

I don't know when I used my last either...

November 23, 2016 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My current build is based on NZXT440, no optical drive. I was concerned that it would be a hindrance, bit in the last six months, I haven't had the need to use an optical drive. Long live broadband!

November 21, 2016 | 01:51 PM - Posted by remc86007

I know it is for airflow, but the grill area on top of the pcie slots and the grill like slot covers really make the back of the case look ugly to me when looking through the side panel.

November 21, 2016 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Dr_Orgo

This is the first PC case I've seen in a while that visually impressed me. Would be a great case for someone who wants to show off a high end build (wherever people actually do that). Those noise levels are pretty high though.

November 21, 2016 | 04:25 PM - Posted by Greg B (not verified)

PSU shroud is too short, has no holes in it for wires and there is no fans speed controller like I have on my Corsair 600. It is nice to have the RGB controller on the top IO, animation speed, color and mode are available. However fan speed and illumination brightness have been ignored. These are not PWM fans!
Just saying.

November 21, 2016 | 06:28 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Hey Sebastian,

How about the Raijintek Paean Dual-Compartment Chassis with Tempered Glass next? It is glass and aluminium and is relatively inexpensive, and from the pics it looks awesome. They mention both test bench applications and aluminium, so it is really up my alley.

Thanks

November 21, 2016 | 09:06 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

I didn't think Raijintek was distributed in the U.S., but I see they are sold by Newegg. I'll see if they are interested in sending out any samples.

November 21, 2016 | 10:20 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Awesome. Thanks so much for trying.

December 2, 2016 | 05:55 PM - Posted by Ralph Anderson (not verified)

A great case that I cannot use. I live in a motorhome and travel much of the time. Glass is a no-no!

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