Build quality is top notch, the Case is heavy and the chassis is one of the stronger ones I've built with. Cable management was noticeably easier than it's competitor (Inwin 805 Infinity) due to having more of a channel & cover plate to hide cables behind.
The Case includes three RGB 120mm fans with standard 3pin fan headers and a seperate RGB header which plugs into the included RGB controller on the Case. The RGB controller is not compatible with standard RGB connectors which are shipping on Motherboards these days though, in short: it won't sync with your Motherboard lighting.
No Extractor Fan
There is no extractor fan included, I don't think it would have hurt to include even a cheap one, but on the other hand this Case is intended for those using Water Coolers which include their own fans, naturally providing heat extraction.
Incompatible with HD120
Speaking of fans, I intially installed a Corsair HD120 as the rear extractor, which at a glance looks identical (3pin and seperate RGB connector), however, when hooking it up to the RGB Case fan controller it glitched out and was stuck on white, turns out it's not compatible. I swapped it out with the a Fractual plain black 120mm fan instead.
Motherboard was easy to install. Power supply was a squeeze though. The BeQuiet Pro 11 1000w only just
fits because the Case doesn't have the usual removable PSU bracket, which means you need to force it through the side. My other complaint would be that there is no bay covering the back of the PSU, so you can see the cables from the front which makes it imperative to conduct good cable management.
Trident Z RGB 3200MHz
The four 8GB RAM Modules run at the standard 2133MHz on the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard. To achieve the rated 3200MHz you need to make sure you select the XMP profile in the BIOS under Memory settings. Having tested before and after, I was surprised the 3D test scored over 3000 more points in Stormblood. As you can see this RAM features RGB lighting, however at the time of writing this review it is not able to be changed. Gigabyte plan to release a BIOS update in the near future for this functionality. If you must have it now, then you should purchase an Asus ROG Motherboard instead.
Gigabyte Aorus 1080ti
With a Gigabyte Motherboard, it makes sense to match the Graphics Card with the same brand. The main difference between this and the Asus Strix version is the copper heatsink on the back of the GPU itself. They boast 5-10 degrees cooler temperatures, but I didn't notice any real difference on 3D bench tests. I think it looks cooler than the Asus one though. As usual I always plug the PCI-E power cables in from the top down so it acts as a harness, the weight of the card is such that if you plug it in from the button, the Card begins to sag almost immediately under it's own weight.
280mm Cooler doesn't fit
Initially my customer wanted the larger 280mm Water Cooler however the radiator wouldn't fit on the top (I tried every possible way) but the clearance between the Motherboard & top of the Case was a few mm too short. Upon reading the fine print, it appears the Cooler only fits the front with all three RGB fans removed, making the RGB controller on the Case pointless, although you could move the fans to the top & rear instead (2 top, 1 rear).
H100i v2 (240mm Cooler)
I ended up runing with the H100i 240mm model instead which some may say is a step down however being the v2 model, it supposedly provides better cooling, but at the very least it definitly has a more efficient pump. It fits perfectly on the ceiling and I installed it in a pull configuration. Doing this makes it much easier to carry out future maintenance, cleaning the radiator etc. Tests have proven that there is no difference between push / pull when using the correct (included) fans.
The Rig scored well, just over 20,000 on Stormblood 3D test. At 21 degrees ambient room temperature, the 7700K reached temps of around 60-62 degrees with pump & fans on full. It's not the hottest I've seen but I was still disappointed with these results as I have achieved the same cooling performance on air (at a 1/4 of the price). I think this says more about the 7700K though as it is a hotter CPU than it's predecessor (6700k). The only reason I would recommend this Cooler is because, (a) it's one of the more reliable AIO Coolers on the market, (b) it comes with a 5 year warranty, (c) it's manageable using the Corsair Link software (via internal USB) so pairs nicely with other managed Corsair products. I would not recommend this pump for cooling performance alone though. For that, I would run with the cheaper BeQuiet 240mm AIO Cooler, which on the same CPU gets temps of only 50degrees.
If I had one regret it would be the BeQuiet Dark Pro 1000w PSU. No matter which way you install it, the logo is upside down! I almost removed the logo with a heat gun & re-attached it. I will definitely do this next time. Also it would have been nice to have a bit more clearance between the Motherboard & the top of the Case so you could fit the 280mm Cooler. Other than that though, this is a great build. The CPU is unlikely to ever be pushed to 100% constant load in games, so cooling performance will be better in real world use than in my stressful testing environment. The 1080ti is powerfull enough for the most demanding 4K Games at this time & the 3200MHz RAM definitely assists. The 570X Case looks awesome and at the time of writing this, is probably my most preferred tempered glass Case.
Corsair 570X RGB Case
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