Corsair 460X RGB Tempered Glass case Review
Corsair 460X RGB Tempered Glass case review
The Corsair 400C/400Q won the OC3D Gold Award earlier this year, marking it as a fantastic chassis in my books. The question that now needs to be asked is, does the 460X add enough to be worth its larger price tag?
The main changes that have been made to the 460X is that the windowed side panel and the front panel of the chassis have been switched out with tempered glass variants, giving builders a clearer view of the cases internal layout. This will allow builders to better show off their PC's internal components, but will also force users into building tidier systems.
The front panel's redesign has also forced corsair to change the case's front fan filter design and fan mounting mechanism, no longer partially blocking fans with supports to allow LED fans to better illuminate the chassis and offer less restriction for the case's airflow.
Corsair's 460X chassis will come in two different variants, with the standard 460X coming in at £119 and the 460X RGB variant which comes with three Corsair SP120 RGB fans (with an RGB controller) coming in at £149.
With the Corsair 400C coming in at £89.99 this means that users will need to pay £30 for the addition of tempered glass and £30 for the three RGB fans and a control unit, which is fairly cheap given the case's use of two tempered glass panels and the fact that three SP120 RGB fans and a controller cost around £50 at retail.
One new feature that Corsair has added with the 460X is that the case fully supports the companies SP120 RGB LED fans, with a control unit built into the chassis and three control buttons at the top of the case to control the systems LED colour, lighting effect and the speed of the lighting changes. This is a unique feature to Corsair's new 460X and 570X cases.
The bottom PSU cover when removed, two 3.5" drive bays are revealed, which will be more than enough HDD storage space for the majority of users, especially given the fact that the rear of the case has room enough for 3 2.5" drives or SSDs.
The 3.5" drives are all removable from the rear and the drive bay slots themselves can be removed entirely if the user wishes, giving this case plenty of user customization options.
Just like the 400C the 460X is a chassis that you will either low or hate, though certainly not for the same reasons. Where the contentious point of the 400C was its lack of 5.25" drive bays the main sticking point of this chassis is its use of tempered glass and RGB LED functionality.
Long story short if you dislike the recent popularity of tempered glass on PC cases and the RGB illumination of PC cases and hardware the 460X is not the case for you, but the good news is that plainer cases like the 400C and 400Q already exist to suit your needs.
When it comes to tempered glass cases the 460X is easily one of the best cases that we have seen in recent months, not taking the easy approach other manufacturers have taken by only adding a tempered glass side panel but also going to the effort to add a tempered glass front panel. This meant that Corsair had to redesign the front of the chassis and change the fan filter design to give a striking case aesthetic and allows the tempered glass to really add something special. This case is not just simple fad-chasing on the part of Corsair a lot of effort has gone in if you are willing to look for it.
The 460X and Corsair's SP120 RGB LED fans are a match made in heaven, with both products working to showcase the strength of the other, with the lighting effects provided by the RGB fans being highlighted perfectly by the additional visibility provided by the tempered glass side and front panels.
Pricing is the only problem that is present in the 460X, as even though the pricing is very reasonable when considered separately it pushes the case into the crowded £100-150 section of the case market, which means that the chassis has quite a lot of competition. Thankfully the chassis is available in RGB and Non-RGB versions, but even so, £119 is still pretty expensive for most PC builders.
As it stands we have been very conflicted when it comes to this case's award, with the OC3D Approved Award and the OC3D Exceptional Aesthetic Award both being up for discussion for this chassis. While this case easily makes some of the best use of tempered glass that we have seen to date, we decided that the OC3D Approved Award is much more appropriate for the chassis after a lengthy debate based purely on the fact that yes it should be on your shortlist of possible options when buying glass featured case but if that is the single thing you are looking for there are a few other options that you should consider too. InWin because they started the glass fad but the cable routing options and airflow are far inferior to the Corsair but heavy competition comes from Phanteks. We have a feeling it will all come down to personal brand choice and /or pure aesthetics.
So if you are looking for a chassis with Tempered glass or a case that can best showcase your RGB components the Corsair 460X is a case that should easily make your shortlist, providing a solid chassis design and aesthetic that will leave most who see it in awe.