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What’s Really Going In? The Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB Case Reviewed

System Contruction in the Corsair Crystal Series 680X RGB

First of all, we would like to emphasize once again that we are not primarily concerned with the appearance here, but mainly with the cooling performance of the system with inaudible fans. Therefore we use three 280 mm radiators (3x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Eiswolf ). All three radiators are installed in a circuit with GPU and CPU. The GPU is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti from MSI in the Duke OC version, on which the Alphacool Eiswolf GPX Pro M16 cooling block and a backplate were installed. The CPU is a Intel-Core i9-9900k with the Polar 280 cooling block from Alphacool.

The whole thing is mounted on the Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero. To provide the system with suitable memory, 32GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB RAM was installed. Altogether seven Corsair ML140 fans were installed in the system, which are controlled by the Corsair Commander Pro and the Lightning Node Pro. There are also three RGB strips to add more color to the system.

As you can see, there are quite a few components in the system, but we also expect corresponding performance.

Now we come to the installation of the components. According to Corsair, there is room for three 280 radiators in the case, so we’re very excited to see how the whole thing fits together. The construction is very simple due to the removable elements and doesn’t present any major difficulties. Only the already mentioned space in the upper area is a problem.

The two-chamber layout leads to very simple cable management. But when we then take care of the water cooling, it quickly becomes clear that it will be really tight. After four unsuccessful attempts to fit everything into the case, the fifth is probably the best variant. As you can see in the pictures, there is simply no more room between the radiators and the fans. Unfortunately, this also means that some savings have to be made on the screw connection. Not all screws fit into the slots provided, but the result shows: It fits! Now the only question is: does it work?

Lighting, Cooling Power and Noise Level

There is more than enough pure cooling power available due to the built-in radiators and the fans should also be more than suitable for this. Even if the components generate a lot of waste heat, we should get this under control with this and with almost inaudible fans.

So let’s let the components work with Prime95 and FurMark for 15 minutes:

Outdoor temperature 19°
Graphics card 40°
CPU 45°

Relatively speaking, the outside temperature is somewhat low, but the outstanding cooling performance of the system is still evident. The graphics card doesn’t get warmer than 40 degrees and also the CPU is far below a questionable limit of only 45 degrees. If the performance isn’t enough, there’s still a lot of potential for overclocking. The way the system runs now, it is audible with a maximum of 36 dB, but definitely not disturbing. The fans rotate at a maximum of 1200 revolutions per minute. A real top result, which results in the performance in interaction with the temperature.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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