Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB MATX Case Review

Introduction

Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Review

Introduction 

The MATX form factor holds a lot of advantages, offering a compact design to minimise case size while providing users with almost all of the features available on standard ATX motherboards, offering a "best of bost worlds" middle ground between ATX and ITX.    

The primary problem with MATX is that the form factor is relatively neglected by case and motherboard manufacturers, so much so that there are only a handful of MATX motherboards available for high-end chipsets, with HEDT platforms like Intel X299 and AMD X399/TR4 having almost no representation. Today the only X399 MATX board available is ASRock's X399M Taichi, showcasing how little most manufacturers care about the MATX form factor, especially in the high-end market. 

Corsair isn't content to let MATX sit by the wayside and die off, not without a fight anyway. This gap in the market is where the Crystal 280X and 280X RGB come into play, offering users a compact dual-chamber chassis design that provides a clean external aesthetic and a lot of room to work with inside. 

Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Review


Corsair's Crystal 280X comes in four flavours, shipping in both white and black with RGB and non-RGB models, with the RGB enabled variant shipping with two 120mm LL series RGB fans and a Lighting Node PRO RGB controller, which can be used to control these fans using Corsair's iCUE software. 

The 280X's non-RGB counterpart lacks Corsair's Lighting Node PRO and ships with two standard 120mm fans, with one fan mounted on the top while the other is installed in the base of the case. Below are the full specifications of the chassis, 

  
Corsair Crystal Series 280X RGB Review  

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18-06-2018, 15:20:38

NeverBackDown
One thing you didn't mention that is a big deal in the video was the fact that you can only use the bottom intake areas if you have an ITX board. You may be able to fit fans there depending on the motherboard but you definitely can only fit a fan/radiator with an ITX board. It's not mentioned on there website for some dumb reason but they made it clear that it'll only fit with an ITX board during computex.Quote

18-06-2018, 17:41:43

tolagarf
This case is just terrible boring! Don't like the design at all, like it's trying to be everything else the competition is currently. It's evident by the closed off front with the glass, blocking pretty much most of the airflow.Quote

18-06-2018, 19:47:01

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by tolagarf View Post
This case is just terrible boring! Don't like the design at all, like it's trying to be everything else the competition is currently. It's evident by the closed off front with the glass, blocking pretty much most of the airflow.
Yep. I wanted to get this case but it's airflow looks abysmal.

I would have liked to see the mesh version... Have a mesh and glass version like every other companyQuote

19-06-2018, 03:01:56

Warchild
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Yep. I wanted to get this case but it's airflow looks abysmal.

I would have liked to see the mesh version... Have a mesh and glass version like every other company
Pull out the dremel and start making holes Quote

19-06-2018, 11:34:33

NeverBackDown
Shouldn't have to fix a $160 case.Quote
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