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Corsair iCUE 465X RGB Review

WEB: CORSAIR MSRP: US $149 | ZAR 2249 | AUTHOR: Neo

 

Several months ago, we reviewed the Corsair Crystal 680X chassis. This remains one of my favourite high-end cases from Corsair. It wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough to leave a lasting impression on me. For the iCUE 465X RGB, we’re looking at a mid-tower budget to mid-tier chassis, so expectations are obviously lowered accordingly. With this chassis, Corsair’s essentially selling you case wrapped around an existing three RGB* fan and fan controller kit which on it’s own is $129.99 or R1,559. For $20/R690 more you literally get a case to match. For pure value, the iCUE 465X RGB is off to a good start.

As the name suggests, the 465X’s appeal hinges on the cases RGB abilities stemming from the inclusion of the  LL120 RGB fans and the lighting Node Core. Corsair calls this a smart case as a result, but it isn’t really. It’s three RGB fans and the appropriate controller which you’ll address via Corsair’s iCUE suit. Before we go further, below are the specifications.

Specifications
Product Name iCUE 465X RGB
Available Colours Black | White
Materials Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Dimensions (LxWxH) 467 x 216 x 465 mm
Motherboard Support ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots 7+2 (vertical)
Drive Bays x2 3.5″ HDD/SSD | x2 2.5″ Trays, | 2x 2.5″ SSD Trays
I/O Port x2 USB 3.0 | 1x Mic | 1x headphone | Power | Reset
Pre-installed Fans Front x3 120 mm LL120 RGB
Rear x1 120mm SP120
Fan Support Front x3 120 mm  | x2 140 mm
Top x2 120 mm  | x1 140mm
Rear x1 120 mm
Bottom N/A
Radiator Support Front 280/360 mm
Top 240mm
Rear 120 mm
Clearances CPU Cooler 180 mm
PSU 170 mm
GPU 370 mm
Dust Filers Front, PSU, Top
Warranty 2 Years

Standard mid tower case specifications, so nothing out of the ordinary. Do keep in mind however that the 465X does not ship with any exhaust fans. So as much as it carries a relatively low price, you’re going to need to purchase at least one additional exhaust fan. Thus, final pricing if you don’t have a spare 120/140mm fan is higher than the list price.


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