Corsair iCue 5000X RGB

Corsair’s new iCue 5000X RGB tower case ($204.99) is the latest entry in its iCue product line, clearly meant to build off the company’s successful iCue 4000X RGB. At first glance, you could mistake one of these cases for the other, but a few interior differences make the mid-tower, ATX-form-factor 5000X stand out. Unfortunately, most of the changes are not for the better, and make working inside the iCue 5000X RGB a bit more difficult than it should be. It will still turn out an attractive build, but at the expense, in spots, of usabiilty.

The Design: Bring on the Bling!

Before getting into the snags I hit when building a system in the 5000X RGB, let’s talk over the case’s features. First off, the chassis is unquestionably stylish, combining an elegant black exterior (it’s also available in white) with four tempered glass panels. Up front sit three Corsair SP RGB Elite fans that not only cool the internal components but give the case a splash of LED-enhanced color when your system’s powered on.

Corsair iCue 5000X RGB top diagonal viewSilverStone’s fully modular ST75F-PT power supply, and ran into trouble almost immediately. Without moving the cage, I could fit the power supply without any cables attached to it into position, but the space between the PSU and cage was too cramped for me to then add cables to the PSU.

Corsair iCue 5000X RGBCorsair 4000D Airflow instead. The iCue 5000X RGB is only worth considering if you love its look and want to have more than seven RGB LED fans.

January 14, 2021
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