The lineup of Corsair’s PC cases has a new addition. So, we’re discussing this specific product in our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review. This is the Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case, which is a slightly bigger version of its 4000X sibling.
Corsair’s new tempered glass tower case is the latest entry in their iCUE product line. And, it’s aimed to build off Corsair’s successful iCUE 4000X RGB.
When you look at it, you’d mistake the 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case for the other. But a couple of differences in its interior make it stand out from the crowd.
To know more about this case, continue reading our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review. Here, we’ll show you the different features, specifications, design, functions, and how well it works.
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case Packaging
When the chassis arrived for our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review, it came in a simple-looking package. The case was shipped in your typical sturdy cardboard container. However, it’s thick and sturdy so it protected the case well enough.
The box features an illustration of the case, with iCUE 5000X RGB written on the lower-left corner. The upper-left portion of the box displays Corsair’s logo.
Inside the package, the tempered glass case came with a couple of inclusions. These are a set of 12 Velcro cable ties, spacers, the necessary screws and washers to make your hardware fit. Plus, there’s an additional PSU shroud cover that’s swappable in specific builds requiring more space close to the case’s front.
There’s even a 90-degree USB connector included. It’s to help make plugging the stubborn cable a bit easier in the process.
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case Review – Design and Functionality
Of course, we removed the case from its box for our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review. And after inspecting, we learned it’s a mid-tower case. Out of the box, you’ll see that it’s on the much larger side compared to your average case.
What we have for review is the white-coloured case and it looks sleek, premium, and visually appealing. We love the tempered glass panels that allow you to show off your setup.
The 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case can fit the Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX, and E-ATX boards. Plus, it has ample space for fans, radiators, custom cooling loops, and the best graphics cards you can go for.
The 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case is heavy. However, most of its weight comes from the huge tempered glass panels fixed in front, the sides, and on top.
The front and top panels can be removed easily, though they’re being held in place by strong magnets. So even if they aren’t fixed by latches or screws, you don’t have to worry about them falling off randomly.
Its front panel has a couple of sizable gaps allowing air to flow through easily. Beneath these are mesh coverings that are also held in place by the magnets. There are even three iCUE SP RGB Elite fans in front, thus, the RGB inclusion on its name.
Closing and opening the case itself is easy and quick. It has two screws at the bottom and top of each side panel which stays in place even when unscrewed.
Once you remove the screws, these panels will swing away from the case on a smart hinge mechanism. This can be found on the 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case’s front corner.
Its presence makes reassembly and removal extremely easy.
The 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case has three pre-installed 120mm RGB fans in front. These instantly add a remarkable amount of RGB capabilities right out of the box. Additionally, they’re all pre-connected to an RGB controller and PWM repeater at the back of the motherboard tray.
Both the front and top panels can be pulled out to display recessed areas concealed by a magnetic dust filter. There’s a mounting space for two 140mm fans, 120mm fans, or a radiator measuring 360mm or 280mm.
At the top-front are the modern ports including a USB-C 3.1, two USB-A 3.0, and 3.5mm audio. Of course, there are the power and reset buttons too.
Its side panels are both screwed on, and are quite jerky to remove. With its top panel, we believe that it helps reduce the chances of the panels from accidentally falling off randomly.
Inside the case’s main compartment, you’ll find the motherboard mounting tray and an elevated lip. You’ll see cut-outs along the tray for cables to pass through to keep your build tidy and organised.
Instead of the usual metal panel on its right side, Corsair opted for tinted glass to cover the cables. It features a cut-out along the front with a permanent vent for the side radiator (optional). Without a radiator, it’ll be there for better airflow.
Inside the vent cut-out, you’ll find another detachable dust filter.
This is next to the swing door, and it’s concealed on the other side via a vertical cable shroud. These can be removed, especially when you’re side-mounting your radiator.
However, if you aren’t installing a side radiator, that’s fine. The cable shroud is an ideal way to obstruct the wide gap that would otherwise be present.
While creating this Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review, we also noticed it gives extra space for cabling. And what’s nice about it is that it can’t be seen from the outside.
A number of cut-outs are set between the radiator mount and motherboard panel. Plus, there are rubber gaskets too for hiding any mess.
The rear of the 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case has a total of seven horizontal expansion slots. That also goes for two vertical expansion slots if you’re planning to mount a GPU on its side. You’ll actually need to invest in a PCI extension cable if you’re opting for this modification.
On the bottom, you’ll see a slide-out dust filter for the intake vent of the PSU.
Three 2.5” SSD trays are installed at the back of the motherboard panel. You only need to remove the handscrew, attach the SSD, then reattach the tray. Just as simple as that.
Plus, there’s room and mounting holes for an additional 3.5” HDD or 2.5” SSD just above it.
Next to where the PSU fits in is a bay for two 3.5” HDDs. These are installed along the bottom of the 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case. You can relocate the drive bay to the front portion of the case in builds that don’t feature side radiators.
The 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case comes with proper cable management. There’s around 25mm of space at the back of the motherboard panel, plus a wide primary channel. The latter is between the panel and side-rad mount with installed Velcro ties and loops.
It isn’t as clean as what’s shown in the promotional photos, but it’s a good foundation anyway. An additional channel runs on the back of the motherboard panel to handle cables that are coming from the top. These include the ones for the top, rear-mounted fans, as well as the CPU power.
Key Features of the Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case
Now, our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review will discuss the features it offers.
A Crystal-clear Chassis That Keeps Components Cool
The Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case is a stunning chassis with beautiful tempered glass panels on four sides. With its amount of space and flexibility, it’s easy to build and mount multiple 360mm radiators in it.
Clear, Cool, and Clean
Aside from tempered glass panels, this chassis from Corsair also has dust-filtered air channels. These provide ample airflow while minimising obstruction of particles.
High Cooling Potential
The Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case is incredibly flexible in terms of cooling. It has ten 120mm fan mounts, three separate radiator locations, and three inclusive RGB ELITE fans featuring Corsair’s AirGuide technology. With these features, the case won’t have any cooling restrictions.
Excellently Engineered Interior
The iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass isn’t a standard mid-tower ATX case. Its interior is excellently engineered to offer better expansion potential for liquid cooling.
Strong Directed Airflow
To deliver concentrated airflow and enhance cooling, the iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case is equipped with three fans. These fans are Corsair’s SP RGB ELITE which feature AirGuide technology and anti-vortex vanes.
Control Your Cooling
The PWM fan repeater features connections for up to six fans so you can control all connected fans. With this controller, you can reduce fan speed for your system to operate quietly. Or, you can increase the speed when pushing your system’s performance.
You can do all of these from a 4-pin PWM header on your motherboard.
Smart RGB Lighting
With the iCUE Lighting Node CORE and Corsair iCUE software, you can fully control and synchronise your fans’ RGB lighting.
The iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case features a hidden channel and 25mm space behind the motherboard. You can easily and quickly route your major cables and keep everything concealed and organised by a hinged steel door.
Modern Front Panel I/O
The modern front panel I/O provides easy reach for all your connections. These include two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3,1 Type-C port, and a combination audio/microphone jack.
Vertical GPU Mount Ready
This PC case features included vertical PCIe slots and a screw mount for a Corsair PCIe 3.0 extension cable. With these, you can showcase your GPU while keeping it secure.
This time, let’s focus on the case’s specifications in our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review. It’s a mid-tower type that supports ATX, mATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards.
The 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case measures 520mm x 245mm x 520mm and weighs 13.84kg. Its body is made of steel, tempered glass, and plastic, plus it comes with three 120mm RGB fans as well.
This case has 7+2 vertical expansion slots and a maximum GPU length of 420mm. And, there are two 3.5 and 4 2.5 case drive bays as well.
To note, the 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case is compatible with 120mm, 240mm, 140mm, 280mm, and 360mm radiators. And lastly, Corsair included a 2-year warranty for their 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case.
Hands-on with the Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case
When we started building in the case for our Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case review, things went smoothly. We easily installed the motherboard, and the cut-outs around the motherboard panel allowed for quick and organised cable management.
Installing a rear fan and two fans on the top was a breeze since there was a lot of room in the case. Running wires was also easy, thanks to the additional cable channel with integrated loops and Velcro straps.
With the vertical cable shroud and open side radiator mount, we ran some of the bulkier cables down to the PSU. When everything was assembled, we reinstalled the side panels. This gave us stunning finished looks which was great for showcasing the build.
Corsair’s iCUE software is a utility suite that provides intuitive control for your iCUE-compatible gear. It’s available for free download from the company’s official website.
Upon booting our PC, iCUE software immediately recognised the installed fans. We were able to do various customisations to get the look we wanted, thanks to its extensive customisation and control.
Aside from customising the fans’ RGB lighting, we were able to monitor our system’s stats like temperatures and fan speeds. There are also settings for creating automated fan curves to adjust the fans’ speeds.
With iCUE software’s user-friendly interface, we didn’t experience any problems while using this. When we finished customising our build’s RGB, the lighting was in unison within a few seconds.
To test its performance, we ran our system under load for around 30 minutes. This was with an ambient temperature of 21-degrees Celsius so we could see how cool it runs.
Inside the case, the temperatures reached up to 30-degrees Celsius while the system was idle.
We also performed a full-system stress test, including CPU, GPU, and memory. After 15 minutes, we got a result of 33-degrees Celsius. The CPU’s temperature remained around 86-degrees Celsius for the entire test.
With these results, it’s clear that any system wouldn’t suffer from overheating when using this PC case.
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case Review Summary
The Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB Tempered Glass Case Review is a stylish case with tempered glass panels and RGB fans. Plus, it comes with all the necessary accessories for easy installation. Out of the box, its cooling performance is good.
This PC case offers great aesthetics, good airflow, and sufficient amount of space for efficient building. Although it’s on the expensive side, it’s an impressive case that comes with excellent features. With that, we highly recommend this product.
If you want to get your hands on this product, it’s available for online purchase from the company’s official website