Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB Case Review
Meet the Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB
Published: 15th February 2022 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
Corsair has just launched their new iCUE 5000T RGB chassis, a new mid-tower offering that is designed to give PC builders tonnes of RGB flair and a lot of options for fans of high air flow air-cooling and liquid cooling alike.
Like all of the company's other iCUE branded cases, the 5000T is designed to dazzle users from every angle, having 208 individually addressable RGB LEDs out of the box and support for additional RGB fans and components through the case's integration of a Commander Core XT RGB hub. Out of the bix this case features three front-mounted ARGB fans (which have 16 LEDs each), and six integrated ARGB LED strips that line the top, front, and bottom of the enclosure. If you want a case with tonnes of integrated RGB lighting, the 5000T is it.
The 5000T is designed to look good and provide users with ample airflow, with mesh filtered intakes on the front and side of the chassis. In total, the Corsair 5000T can fit up to 10 120mm fans and the chassis can support multiple 60mm liquid cooling radiators. The case also has two hinged side panels, one of which is made with untinted tempered glass. The Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB is available with Black and White colour options.
RGB Lighting and the Commander Core XT
As mentioned before, the Corsair 5000T is an iCUE series chassis, which means that this case is designed to be used within Corsair's iCUE ecosystem. Integrated into the 5000T is a Corsair Commander Core XT, which can control up to six PWM fans and six iCUE RGB devices. Additionally, Corsair has shipped this case with a 3-pin RGB board that allows the case's integrated LED strips to also be controlled by the unit.
out of the box, Corsair's iCUE 5000T RGB can control its three supplied fans and up to three additional fans, which means that additional fan/RGB controllers are required when 5000T users want to use more fans with this enclosure. That said, these controllers are often supplied with Corsair's ARGB fan triple packs, making this a non-factor for those who stay inside Corsair's iCUE ecosystem.
With iCUE, Corsair promises simplicity, but with that simplicity comes come problems. Using this case pretty much requires its users to buy into the Corsair iCUE ecosystem. If this is a downside for you, you may need to consider another case. If not, then this is a factor that you should be aware of.
Inside the Corsair 5000T
Out of the box, Corsair's iCUE 5000T RGB ships with three 120mm fans, all of which are mounted as intakes. For purchasers of this case's white version, the good news is that these fans are coloured to match your system, though the bad news is that practically all users of this case should invest in at least one additional 120mm fan to act as a rear exhaust.
When it comes to motherboard support, the 5000T supports Mini-ITX, Micro ATX and ATX sized motherboards. EATX motherboards are supported, though this support is limited to motherboards that measure in at up to 305mm x 277mm. This means that EATX motherboards can only be up to 33mm wider than standard ATX motherboards, which will be a limiting factor for some larger than average motherboard designs.
At the base of the Corsair 5000T is a PSU shroud, under which standard ATX power supplies are supported. No fans are supported at the bottom of the 5000T.
Pre-installed on the 5000T is a cover that fits over the 5000T's side-facing 360mm (3x120mm) radiator/fan mounting slots. This increases the visual appeal of the 5000T for those who choose not to install side-facing fans or liquid cooling components within their systems.
At the top of the 5000T is support for radiators that are up to 360mm in size and up to 60mm thick. The front of the 5000T also supports radiators that are up to 360mm in size, with radiator thicknesses being limited by which removable covers you wish to have installed. Without uninstalling part of the case's PSU shroud, radiators that are up to 40mm in thickness are supported.
Another thing that's worth noting is that the 5000T also supports vertically mounted graphics cards out of the box.
On the other side of the 5000T we can see the case's side-mounted 120mm fan/radiator mounting locations. We can also see this case's dual 3.5/2.5-inch HDD/SSD mounts under the case's PSU shroud and three dedicated 2.5-inch SSD mounting locations. Below we can also see that Corsair has kitted out its 5000T with plenty of cable tie mounting locations and multiple Velcro ties for easy cable management. All in all, this case has a pretty standard layout for pC cases of this type.
Corsair's 5000T has all of the features that PC builders should expect from a mid-tower chassis. That said, there isn't much that is particularly innovative about this design. It's a mid-tower chassis with plenty of intake fans, and great out-of-the-box use of RGB lighting that doesn't spoil itself by blocking its front intake fans with a tempered glass panel. That said it is great to see cases that offer PC builders plenty of front-facing USB ports out of the box.
In the UK, Corsair's 5000T will be prices at £349.99. There is no getting around the fact that this case is expensive, especially after considering that this case only has three pre-installed 120mm fans. While the fans and RGB components that are pre-installed within this case a premium models, £349.99 is a lot of money for a mid-tower PC case.
Building with the 5000T
After receiving the Corsair 5000T, we have been using it to create a liquid cooled system that we will be using to test Corsair's latest water blocks and other liquid cooling components. This includes Corsair's 360mm XD7 RGB Pump/Reservoir/Distribution Plate.
Overall, we have enjoyed building a liquid cooled PC within this enclosure, and it is clear that Corsair has designed its liquid cooling components with cases like the 5000T in mind. While we have listed Corsair's iCUE integration as a potential downside for some purchasers, it is hard to deny that buying all Corsair doesn't have its upsides. That said, we need to do something about that black GPU water block. Corsair, please make white GPU water block options!
If you have read this far, you will know that we like and don't like about the Corsair 5000T. With its generous allotment of pre-installed RGB components this case looks great out-of-the-box, that said, this case is incredibly expensive at its £349.99 asking price, and this case is simply begging buyers to spend even more money on additional fans and other components.
As mentioned before, Corsair's 5000T looks great, ant it features everything that a PC builder should expect from an enclosure of this size. If you buy this case, you will be able to build a great gaming PC, but this case is never going to win a value for money award from us.
If you love the look of this case and are happy to buy into the Corsair ecosystem, then the 5000T will be a great case for you. You can expect to see more content from us on this case on YouTube and the website as we test Corsair's liquid cooling components, you if you want to build a liquid cooled PC like the one shown above, you have come to the right place.
When thinking of an award, we feel that the 5000T lives and dies by its aesthetics. This is a great looking case, but if you are anti-RGB or are on a tighter budget, the 5000T is not for you. We all know how expensive graphics cards are right now, and after forking out for a new graphics card, not many of us have the spare cash left to invest so heavily into a case that demands you buy at least one more iCUE compatible fan. With all this in mind, we are giving the Corsair 5000T the OC3D Exceptional Aesthetics Award.
There are things we like about this case, and things we don't like about it. It's a solid case, looks great, and you can build a excellent PC inside of it. That said, this case is expensive, and there are many other great cases within this price range, and below it.