The Corsair iCUE 465X RGB perfectly matches the tastes of the moment when it comes to enclosures, tempered glass panels, RGB and the power tunnel at the bottom of the Cabinet. It adopts here the suffix euci, it indicates the presence of the controller euci Lighting Node Core, it is the second case of this type proposed by Corsair, the latter qualifies them as “connected cases”.
The ICUE 465X RGB is in medium-round format, it displays 467 x 216 x 455 mm (D x La x H), it is a fairly common format today, its weight is 8 Kg, it is not too heavy despite the tempered glass panels.
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB: Technical specifications
True to the Crystal range to which it belongs it sports tempered glass slightly smoked, in front this panel is displaced about 25 mm from the chassis of the case, it is glued on a plastic frame, wide openings in the periphery allow good air circulation or at least with a minimum of pressure losses. The assembly is secured to the chassis by four hand screws, easy to disassemble for filter cleaning.
The left panel is also made of tempered glass, four hand screws ensures the fixation on the frame. The back panel tells us more about the internal organization, the motherboard adopts a classic position, to the right of the back panel the location for the 120mm rear fan.
There are seven horizontal expansion slots and two additional vertical for the graphics card if you want to show it, at the bottom of the power slot.
The right panel is made of steel, there is no opening, it reveals the bowels of our case, in the foreground the locations of the cable management of course, the controller euci Lighting Node Core is placed on the back of the motherboard holder. In the case bottom tunnel, storage slots for 3.5 inches to mount on cradles, they are easily convertible to 2.5 p, other 2.5 p slots are present near the controller on the back of the motherboard holder.
The top is equipped with a filter, it is positioned via a magnetic frame so it is easily removable. The slots fans or for a watercooling radiator are just below.
The front connector consists of two USB 3.0 ports, a mixed headphone and microphone audio port and on/off and reset buttons.
The underside has four pads for a good seat of the cabinet as well as the air inlet and its removable filter dedicated to cooling the supply.
The whole is consistent, the precise adjustments, nothing to complain at the level of the finish, it is very good level.
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB box : Interior and assembly
First of all the list of the hardware that we will integrate, as usual in our tests we do not add any additional elements, we are content with the original equipment of the case and the platform described below.
Intel Core i7 5675c 3.1 GHz processor,
Motherboard ATX Gigabyte GA Z97X SOC,
Memory: Radeon R9 Gamer Series, 2 x 4 GB,
Graphics card: XFX Radeon R7 370,
Liquid cooler AIO be quiet! Silent Loop 240,
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750X.
The motherboard and graphics card
This Corsair iCUE 465X RGB is compatible with mini-ITX, micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, the mounting does not pose any particular concern, the numerous cable passages in the periphery allow a good placement of the cables. A very wide opening under the socket allows mounting a heatsink without mandatory disassembly of the motherboard.
The heatsink processor can measure up to 170 mm in height to accommodate large high-performance ventirads, it takes advantage of the flow generated by the fans of the facade, the discharge of this flow will pass through the rear location and / or openings on the top of the case.
For the graphics card two mounts are possible, horizontally in a conventional way or vertically behind the tempered glass panel, to show The Beast … provide a riser, it is not delivered, the maximum length will not exceed 370 mm is enough to mount the majority of graphics cards.
This position is certainly very aesthetic but the close proximity of the glass wall does not facilitate the cooling of the card.
Note that the mounting screws are classic, they are not hand screws.
Two sizes of discs are supported 2.5 and 3.5 inches, for the latter it is necessary to clip the discs on cradles and slide them into the brackets housed in the tunnel of the power supply, it is a screwless Mount. They can receive from 2.5 p also in this case the mounting of the unit on the cradle is ensured by four screws.
Four other slots are reserved for the 2.5 p on the back of the motherboard holder, two screw directly, the other two are mounted beforehand on cradles that then fix on the plate via hand screws.
For mounting it is necessary to pass it through the tunnel through the right side of the housing, it will rest on pads that limit the transmission of vibrations. Ventilation openings are present, that of the housing bottom is filtered, the maximum depth of the block is set at 180 mm.
The cords coming from the front, fans, connectors and buttons, end on the right side, vertical openings allow the routing of the cords to the graphics card and the motherboard, including the 24-pin. On the top of the tunnel, two passages are present for the facade connectivity and / or the graphics card, finally the top of the motherboard compartment also houses a high opening ideal for the “CPU”cord.
Difficult to miss, this Corsair iCUE 465XRGB is originally equipped with three LL120 RGB PWM fans in front, they are given for a rotation speed of 600 to 1500 ± 10% rpm Max, a flow rate of 43.25 CFM and noise of the order of 24.8 dB(a). They are dedicated to the flow entry into the motherboard compartment but also partly into the tunnel, they benefit from wide openings on the periphery of the glass plate for suction, they can be replaced by 2 x 140 mm, the location is equipped with a filter.
The discharge of this flow is based on the location of 120 mm on the rear, the fan is not delivered, but also on the opening of the top here too they are optional, 2 x 120 or 1 x 140 mm, it is at this location that we will install the radiator of our test watercooling.
The dissipation in the tunnel rests as above on an opening at the bottom and one on the top, the bottom one is filtered it corresponds to the fan of the power supply to be installed.
The storage part benefits from the low front fan, this is more about magnetic disks.
It is based on the Corsair iCUE lighting Node controller and the LL120 RGB fans on this case, the iCUE interface is to be installed to control the lighting of these fans and to synchronize other compatible products, watercooling, keyboard, mouse … of the brand.
The controller has 6 outputs, 3 are occupied by the front fans, so remains 3 free for others. A multitude of effects are offered, made your choice … however no speed adjustment, only the controller Commander Pro allows it.
Our test software is OCCT, we will start with a rest period under Windows followed by a phase “power Supplie”, it cumulates the support of the CPU and GPU.
We measured processor, motherboard, graphics card and memory temperatures in three phases, rest, test and rest.
The tests will be carried out with the fans housings powered in 12, 9, 6 Volts and auto, the latter position corresponds to their controls via the motherboard, the fans and the pump of the watercooling processor are also managed by the motherboard, in a conventional way.
The results are expressed in delta, recorded temperatures minus ambient temperature.
Finally the readings are quite constant whatever the speed of rotation, the graphics card displays only 2 to 3 °C more under 6 Volts, same for the processor, for the latter the radiator of the watercooling takes full advantage of the flow coming from the facade.
The two fans of the graphics card regardless of the speed of the front fans rotate at 50 % of their maximum speeds, i.e. 2400 rpm for 1300 rpm at rest.
A test that is based on the soundproofing capacity of the housing but also on noise generators, mainly fans.
We conducted a check of the fans at the stand – down, the test platform only works, to assess the impact of these fans on the sound level.
Measurements are carried out at rest and under load, the maximum sound level is raised.
The noise level remains tolerable below 1000 rpm for front fans and for our test configuration, beyond the noise is clear and frank, this is the case with a large majority of housing fans. The “discrete” position could be a supply voltage of 6 or 7 volts for example.
Our opinion on the Corsair iCUE 465X RGB camera
The Corsair iCUE 465x RGB box incorporates the iCUE concept, so it will be perfect for fans of the brand’s products to synchronize their lighting effects. The finish is of a very good level, the glass walls are slightly smoky with a darkened contour for the one on the left that masks the screws or other fasteners of the frame, it is very aesthetic.
It has great reception capabilities at the level of internal dissipation many fans can be added, It can receive watercooling radiators of 360, 240 and 120 mm and even all three at the same time. All openings are filtered a good point to limit dust.