Corsair Crystal 680X Review: Expensive and beautiful
Corsair Crystal 680X detailed review
Corsair has scaled the tiny Crystal 280X PC case to give us the Crystal 680X. Looks like the Corsair Air 740’s cousin, the interiors are quite similar because it follows the dual-chamber design. In one bogie, the main components attached to the motherboard are installed while in the other, your storage device and PSU are installed. This not only simplifies the build process, but also contributes to the possibility of better airflow. We’ve got the black version of the Crystal 680X and here’s what we think of it.
Motherboard form factor: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
Power supply standard: ATX standard (maximum length 225 mm)
I / O port: 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C, 1x Microphone, 1x Headphones
Drive Gulf: 3 x 3.5-inch HDD, 4 x 2.5-inch SSD
Cool support: 3 x 120 mm (front), 2 x 140 mm (front), 2 x 120 mm (top), 2 x 140 mm (top), 1 x 120 mm (rear)
Radiator support: Up to 280/360 mm (front), up to 240/280 mm (above), up to 120 mm (rear)
Exemption: CPU cooler – 180mm, graphics card – 330mm
Dimensions (H x W x D): 423 mm x 344 mm x 505 mm
Exterior of the Corsair Crystal 680X
As mentioned earlier, the Crystal 680X is a larger version of the Crystal 280X. There are three tempered glass panels around the case. All of these panels are removable although the front panel takes a little longer. The side glass has a hinged mechanism, so your components are easy to access quickly. It can also be removed using screws in the upper hinge. All glass panels have a pale black tinge.
You will find dust filters everywhere except the upper part which is always open. If the user chooses not to install the fan in the top panel, then you have no option to turn it off. Although you can reduce the gap between the top glass panel and the case, it is still not enough to keep the dust out. It would have been nice if Corsair had included a dust filter to stop it.
Keeping pace with the progress of the port, the 680X packs a USB 3.1 Gen-2 Type-C port with two USB 3.0, headphone / microphone ports and power and reset buttons on the front. The only problem with the above cases is that the ports become easy targets for dust collection and eventually start to become defective.
Inside the Corsair Crystal 680X
Almost every part of the Corsair Crystal 680X ensures a lot of build quality. At the time of writing this review, Casey has the highest score in Build Quality over all previous fields we have recently tested. They have taken thick gauge steel plates inside for motherboards and fan mounting plates, where some manufacturers tend to reduce costs. While picking you will be able to notice most parts of the system, this is a good sign of high build quality.
However, we found the HDD and SSD trays to be incredibly fine. The build quality of the main part of the case is one extreme where the plastic trays are the other. It’s similar to the one we got on the Air 740 and it looks like Corsair hasn’t really upgraded its durability here.
Three Corsair LL120 RGB intake fans are pre-installed on the front panel. These are installed on the fan mount which can be removed for easy installation.
Fans connect to the Corsair Lighting Node PRO, which allows illumination and motion control using Corsair’s iCUE software. You can individually change the addressable LEDs in the fans as per your choice.
A dual-chamber layout works well for separating elements and gives you less headaches when you’re building a system. No tools are required to install storage devices on HDD and SSD trays. The cable management is well implemented and we were able to quickly build our experimental rig on it. Each component has enough tie points to root your cables and enough room to keep extra PSU cables away.
To test how the case works out of the box, we test it with pre-installed fans. For a better idea of our testing process, visit our review of the Corsair Obsidian 500D. In the second part of our experiment, we installed two 120mm fans on the bottom panel and then two more on the top panel. This configuration ensures that we get a better idea of the cooling power of the case in addition to the default setting.
Our test configuration is as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9
Graphics card: Sapphire Radion HD 7790
CPU cooler: Naktua NH-L9x65
RAM: Corsair Dominator 2x8GB DDR3 (16GB)
HDD: WD red 2TB
SSD: SanDisk Extreme II (240GB)
Power supply: Antec HCP-1000 Platinum
The Crystal 680X keeps things pretty bright cool. After sitting idle for 15 minutes, the Intel Core i7-4960X dropped to 34 degrees Celsius while the Radeon HD 7790 settled to 34 degrees. Note that the case comes with three receivers and an exhaust fan, so such low temperatures were not surprising. When we put the system on load, the CPU reached 51 degrees and the GPU touched 69 degrees. The CPU temperature seemed to be lower than our normal record, so we repeated the tests again and found almost the same with slight differences.
To determine if the case could do better with more fans, we populated the remaining slots so that the bottom panel included the top panel for acceptance and discharge. Although the extra GPU temperature made some difference, we did not notice much change in CPU temperature. Another observation was that whether we occupy the top panel or not, the temperature did not change much. The only significant difference was the effect of the lower feeding fans which reduced the maximum temperature of the GPU by three to four degrees.
We can say for sure that you do not really need extra fan to cool. For aesthetics, the three front panel fans are already illuminated with RGB lighting. You may want to replace the exhaust with an RGB fan to complete the look.