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Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Review

WEB: www.corsair.com  MSRP: US$ 250 | ZAR 4,329 AUTHOR: Neo

Building on a foundation of the highly sort after 280X, Corsair has brought to us the latest edition to the Crystal Series in the 680X. Not only is it bigger than the 280X; offering E-ATX board support, but it allows more radiator and fan options among other improvements.

The Crystal Series 680X isn’t just a blown up 280X, rather it’s a refinement of that idea for 2019. Changes include, but aren’t limited to USB Type-C connectivity and a single 3.5mm mic/headphone jack for the front panel IO panel. This panel has been moved to a more aesthetically pleasing location. This new position is better visually, but in terms of access perhaps not as convenient That said, I’m partial to this IO panel placement. (280X on the left, 680X on the right)

There are other changes here which are related to the 680X simply catering to larger builds. These include the use of three fans instead of two, more case cabling cut outs, more fan and radiator placement options and of course longer GPU support. It’s due to these form factor differences and general design improvements which make the Crystal Series 680X even more alluring than it’s forebearer.

Before we go further, first up as usual are the specifications.

Specifications
Product Name Crystal Series 680X RGB
Product Number CC-9011168-WW
Available Colours Black | White
Materials Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass
Dimensions (LxWxH) 423 x 344 x 505 mm
Motherboard Support E-ATX | ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Expansion Slots 8+2 (Vertical)
Drive Bays x3 3.5″ | x3 2.5″
I/O Port x2 USB 3.0 Type A | x1 USB 3.1 Type-C | 1x Audio Out /Mic | 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  | x2 140mm
Rear x1 120 mm  | x1 140mm
Bottom x2 120 mm  | x2 140mm
Radiator Support Front 240/280/360 mm
Top 240/280 mm
Bottom 240/280 mm
Clearances CPU Cooler 180 mm
PSU 225 mm
GPU 330 mm
Cable Routing Isolated Chamber 15-23 mm
Dust Filers Front, Top, Bottom
Warranty 2 Years

 


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