When Corsair first came out with this case I was extremely excited for it, but after building a system in it, it is sort of a mixed bag for me. I do think this is an awesome case, but $249.99 is quite a lot to spend on a case. First lets talk about what I really enjoyed about the Crystal Series 680X RGB…
The design of this case is awesome. This is a case that looks so much better in person, so our photos might not do it justice. The three tempered glass panels on the case look phenomenal and of course your have the RGB fans in the front. The dual compartment design of the case keeps your build so clean. It would really be hard to have a messy build with this case. The main compartment is made to show off your system and it does just that. There is a ton of room inside so building inside the case is very easy too. You can room for graphics cards up to 330 mm, seven hard drives, and lots of cooling. So you really can build an ultimate system inside of the 680X RGB. The three RGB fans are pre-wired to the RGB hub and controller so you don’t have to worry about figuring all of that out. I also like that Corsair updated the main side panel (from the 280X) so that it is on a hinge and easy to open.
As good as this case is it does have some things that could be improved. The first is that there is no fan hub included. So you’ll either need to provide your own or have 4 available fan headers on your motherboard. An included fan hub would have been nice to see on this case. While you do have room for seven hard drives in this case I feel they could have designed the hard drive cages better. This is quite a lot of space in that rear compartment and a lot of it is not used. Also the 2.5-inch trays are plastic, which is a little disappointing.
This case carries with it a price tag of $249.99, which is definitely on the higher-end when it comes to cases. You do have to consider that the three LL120 RGB fans and the Lighting Node Pro are $98.99 by themselves. If you did plan to add more RGB fans (Corsair) you would already have the RGB hub and controller. So if planned to be in the Corsair ecosystem this case definitely makes sense for you.
I really wish Corsair offered a fanless version of this case so you could decide how you wanted it to look. Lian Li’s PC-011 Dynamic (fanless) is only $139.99, which is more of a price I think people would want to pay for a case like this. Then over time they could buy the different RGB elements they wanted.
As I said I do think this case is great, you just really need to be committed to the Corsair ecosystem for it to make sense. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Case a 9 out of 10 score.
– Sleek design
– Three tempered glass panels
– 4 fans included, 3 of them being RGB fans
– RGB hub and Lighting Node Pro included
– Lots of room inside
– Tempered glass side panel redesigned
– No fan hub
– No fanless version available
– 2.5-inch drive trays are plastic