When you first take the Corsair iCUE 5000T out of its big box, the thing that immediately strikes you is how big it is. There’s no weight-saving construction here. This thing is made of steel and tempered glass, and its build quality is excellent. At 530 x 251 x 560 mm (20.87 x 9.88 x 22.05 inches), it’s a big case and you’ll need a big desk to accommodate it.
Test System Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K
Motherboard : MSI Z690 unify
Cooling: Corsair iCUE H100i Elite 240mm LCD All-in-One
RAM: 2x 16 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR5-5200
GPUs: AMD Radeon RX6800
SSD: Cardea A440 2TB Team Group
Power source: Super Flower Leadex Titanium 850W
Corsair says the 5000T is a mid-tower. If you look at the positioning of the seven expansion slots and the placement of the traditional power supply, that might be the case, but when you add the extra height of the feet and the space at the top for a heatsink and fans at 360mm, it just feels bigger than a mid-tower.
It has room for four 2.5-inch and two 3.5-inch storage drives, and it can accommodate motherboards up to E-ATX size. It will accept CPU coolers up to 170mm in height, PSU up to 250mm in length, and GPUs up to 400mm in length. That means it’s capable of accommodating almost anything. The front ports consist of a USB 3.1 Type-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, and an audio/microphone combo jack.
The 5000T is a case that puts a heavy emphasis on RGB lighting. The market is saturated with such cases, but Corsair has gone above and beyond with the 5000T. The case itself features 160 addressable LEDs which are arranged in six strips, consisting of two on each side of the top, bottom and front of the case. You get an additional 16 LEDs per fan, which means the 5000T comes with no less than 208 individually addressable LEDs, and that’s not considering those on other components. Bling!
All LEDs are connected to the included iCUE Commander Core XT controller. It can control RGB and six fan speeds and it can be expanded with an LED hub to control up to 12 fans. It has an additional header for a three-pin RGB device and ports for two temperature sensors. These are useful for speeding up the case fans if a component starts to get too hot. Attaching one to the backplate of a GPU would make sense. The Commander XT is a real asset.
The 5000T isn’t all pretty. It comes with three Corsair LL120 RGB PWM fans. They’re $130 from the Corsair USA store for a three-pack (around £95 / AU$181). Although this price includes an RGB controller, this partly explains the high cost of the 5000T. The fans operate at speeds between 600 and 1500 RPM. They’re mostly inaudible at low speeds but, unsurprisingly, they become quite noticeable at higher speeds.
The installation of the system is quite simple; however, the case has its quirks, especially if you jump into the installation without a bit of planning. Installing the power supply will likely require removing the hard drive cage, especially if your power supply has solid cables. There’s plenty of space available between the cage and the front of the case, so we’re not sure why Corsair can’t just move it forward a few inches.
The 360mm fan mounting plate behind the motherboard tray will need to be removed to install a hard drive. This plate and the motherboard-side cable cover plate aren’t as easy to remove as they could be, as the cable routing may interfere. Fortunately, these kinds of things are one and the same. Once the construction is complete, that’s it.
For our build, we chose components that deserve such a case. A Core i9-12900K and an MSI Z690 Unify are at home. We also chose several other Corsair components for the build, including an H100i Elite LCD cooler and Dominator Platinum DDR5-5200 RAM. This gives us a good system to put Corsair’s iCUE software through its paces.
Although it could be considered a resource-intensive piece of software, in our tests, iCUE performs very well. The lighting presets worked perfectly on all Corsair components, including a Corsair Glaive mouse that’s maybe six years old. As someone who personally doesn’t put much emphasis on RGB, I have to admit that I enjoyed playing around with the different effects and settings. Colors are bright and vibrant, and the software had no trouble synchronizing the cooling of the H100I cooler with the three fans of the LL120 case.
A 240mm AIO is about the minimum to test a 12900K, but we’re happy to say we didn’t see any throttling at any point during the Cinebench loop. The LL120 fans brought enough cool air into the system to keep the motherboard VRM cool.
One concern we have is the lack of a rear case fan. Not all systems need this, especially if you’re using top-of-the-case fans, but it still feels like an omission.
Now on to the price. At $400 (£350 / AU$499), it faces stiff competition not just in its price range, but below. The likes of Corsair’s iCUE 5000X or Obsidian 500D SE may not have the RGB capabilities or Commander XT controller of the 5000T, but they’re a lot cheaper, so you’ll have to decide if all that RGB is worth it. for you .
If you’re an RGB lover and have other Corsair components in particular, chances are you’ll just love this case. Its open mesh design can keep the hottest components cool and it’s built like a battleship. If you don’t mind paying extra for something that will house multiple releases over the next few years, then the iCUE 5000T will serve you well. Its imposing presence will make visitors talk. But we think it has to be a few dollars cheaper to give us more reason to like it.