Just having finished looking at a couple of mid tower chassis', one from Cooler Master and one from IN WIN, I don't think the timing could have been better for me to look at the 650D. Each of the three have a very individual look, but the 650 has the sleek aluminum face, putting the 650D at an advantage in aesthetics. Functionality inside is a mix of thumbscrews for the expansion slots, while the front of the chassis can be used tool-free if you choose to. While all three offered some form of wire management, the Corsair is the only one to add grommets to these holes. Even here, Corsair is still in the lead. While the IN WIN offered better air flow of the two, the 650D's combination of an easy to wire fan controller and the included fans, the 650D again tops the other two.
I had it pointed out to me by a friend of mine that it seems that the original fan controller may have had some issues. I didn't read too much on it, but the gist of it is that the controller would cause the fans to make odd noises at certain settings. Corsair has taken a two pronged attack to address this. There is a switch available on Corsair's site to fix the one you may have, and there is also a case revision ending with a "1" designation; that means the part has been fixed. In my instance I didn't have that issue, which surprises me. With the luck I have burning I/Os and things not usually working out the best for me, my fan controller caused me no issues at all. I guess my luck must be changing.
Speaking of the cooling, while there isn't the glow of LEDs that some people have just got to have, the air flow inside is what is tops on my list. With the pair of 200mm fans and the 120mm in the rear, the interior of the chassis stayed very cool with the controller on the high setting. Noise from these fans at the high setting is a low hum, and as you adjust it to near its lowest point, you hear the CPU fan or VGA over the case. There are the holes in the back to allow for water cooling and there is room to hang a double 120mm radiator on the roof.
While this chassis is packed with features, the two chassis' I mentioned beat this in the pricing category, hands down. To combat this, I have to look at what the pricing is on the rest of the Corsair lineup. In the realm of what Corsair has put out up to now, the pricing is on point. Basic math says we get an Obsidian exterior on a 600T interior, which is priced at $160, and then add the price of a hard drive dock and you would come out right around $200. Following that line of rationalization, the $199.99 pricing at Newegg.com doesn't sound so bad. In actuality, this is one of the more expensive mid towers to hit my desk. As much as I love what this case offers, how sleek and sexy it is, and the beautiful looking results, I think even I might pass at this pricing. Don't get me wrong; I really, really like this chassis. The only issue is how I recommend it over the previous two we have just seen at double the price.
For those who always wanted an 800D but couldn't afford it, or it was just too big, by all means, hop on the 650D. For those on a budget, I really don't think this is the case for you.
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