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Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 16, 2011 4:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Corsair

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The Exterior of this chassis follows right along with the Obsidian chassis line up. The 650D keeps all the square corners and the brushed aluminum face we have come to love. Even down to the front I/O that gets hidden behind a pop-open panel. On a side note, this carries USB 3.0 in said panel this time. However, the square steel shape and front bezel are really where the similarities end. Both side panels are flat steel like those before it, but both doors have taken on the tabs in the 600T chassis to allow for removal of the door. While the 650D does keep the window of the 800D, it is done this time with a rubber surround versus the much cleaner application on the 800D. Since we are dealing with a mid tower chassis this time, the rear of the chassis has changed as well, but still allows for eight expansion slots and a pair of holes for water cooling.

On the inside, the easiest thing to say is that the 650D uses the 600T interior, exactly. Behind the bezel you have four 5.25" bays with tool-free locks on them. Below the optical drives Corsair uses two three drive racks, to support up to six hard drives. Reason behind this separation is because both sections are modular and can either be removed singly, or both of them removed all together. The motherboard tray has a large access hole and the motherboard, whether ATX or m-ATX, there are eleven large holes for wiring and a half dozen tabs to secure wires to. The floor of the chassis has room to accept one of the hard drive assemblies if you want all six drive bays but still want to run a long graphics solution. Like the 600T, the 650D also has the adjustable power supply support.


Cooling inside is handled like in no other of the Obsidian series cases. Since we are going from the 600T, there was an included fan controller there. Along with the hard drive dock on the top of this chassis, there is a tiny switch under the same cover. This switch allows for low, medium, and hi settings for up to four fans. Three of the fans I recommend plugging in are the included chassis fans. In the front of the chassis there is a 200mm fan with a black frame and black blades to blend in with the interior. In the roof there is a matching 200mm fan, while in the rear acting as another exhaust is a 120mm fan. Plugging these three into the controller gives you full control of both the noise level and air flow inside the 650D.


Selection over the internet is limited to fourteen listings and the pricing varies from $190 on the low end and up over $230 on the high end of the spectrum. Considering if you were to buy the 650D direct from Corsair, they have the chassis listed at $199.99, but they are currently out of stock. So I went to our favorite e-tailer and found them to be right on the money. Currently listed, it sits at for $199.99, but there is still the $20 in shipping to incorporate into that. While the pricing isn't unreasonable for the feature set the 650D has to offer, considering the 600T sold for $160 when it released, the 650D offers all of that and a hard drive dock on top, so I think the pricing is well set in their range of cases as well. Let's dive right in and see, instead of reading, what the Obsidian Series 650D chassis is all about.


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