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Corsair Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 1)

Corsair Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-Tower Chassis Review

There is no getting around the fact that Corsair has made a chassis which is very pleasing to the eyes.

By Chad Sebring on Feb 22, 2018 08:00 am CST - 7 mins, 24 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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For those who are fans of Corsair, the Obsidian line of cases is nothing new What started out as a chassis which was well beyond the standard offering with the 800D has evolved along the way to meet customers' demands, and even shrunk from a full-tower line of cases, and is now populated with many mid-towers. In all honesty, Corsair had their best design first, and over time, took features away, and ended up with cases that looked much like the original design aesthetically, but once inside of the cases, the magic we saw with the 800D was no longer there.

Anyone who followed the news or saw images from CES 2018 may have already caught wind of the chassis we are about to show you, which is the latest attempt from Corsair to gain back some of the magic and presence that the 800D delivered so many years ago Not only was there a version of the chassis which we are about to see in this review, but there was also a second version with a tempered glass front bezel, which may or may not make it to fruition. As of this point in time, all we see in the literature is that the chassis we are going to discuss comes in one form in the retail market, but that does not mean that you cannot still enjoy the tempered glass in a stylish and aesthetically pleasing presentation with this new chassis design.

As you are reading this review, the Corsair Obsidian 500D is being released into the wild. In what you are about to see, the Obsidian line has taken a stylistic departure from the cases of yesteryear, and no longer are we given the same styling within a tower chassis Corsair has hit the drawing board to reimagine what the Obsidian lineup of cases can be, and we can say one thing for sure, the Obsidian 500D is a looker, and will be on the short list of cases to buy based on looks alone. However, there is more to a chassis design than just looks, and we are here to show off every detail which Corsair has put into this new case. At the same time, hopefully winning over the hearts of the masses so that the Obsidian name is back to the top of the recommended cases, much like the 800D was so many years ago.

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The specifications chart provided by Corsair is compact, and while it includes most things, there are a few details not mentioned here either The chart begins with the measurements, where we see the chassis is 508mm tall, it is 223mm wide, and the 500D is 502mm deep, but there is not a mention of the weight The shipping label shows us that the total weight is twenty-four pounds, but we do have to consider that three to four pounds of that are the packaging.

The chassis is made mostly of steel, as far as the main frame, PSU cover, and extra bits are concerned, and there are parts made of ABS plastic as well However, what is on the outside is what will make users drool over the new design as Corsair opts not only to use thick aluminum panels on the front and top of the chassis, but both sides of the chassis receive tempered glass panels, which are not screwed onto the chassis. These side panels are supported with hinges at the back of the chassis, they are tinted, they are removable, and the combination of glass and aluminum takes the 500D to a level in which any of the previous cases were unable to provide. We also are shown that along with all of the standard offerings of any front I/O panel; Corsair has made a move to offer a USB 31 Gen-2 Type-C port.

There are no optical bays in this chassis, and there are no conventional drive bays at all in the traditional sense In the 500D, Corsair hid all of the drive bays behind the motherboard tray. It is there in which you will find a pair of plastic HDD trays which are stacked on top of each other near the front of the chassis, and for those looking t6o install 25" drives, there is a trio of trays behind the motherboard. At the back of the chassis we find seven expansion slots, and the majority of the interior is wide open for up to 370mm of video cards CPU coolers can be 170mm tall, and the new interior layout offers room for custom water cooling, and the floor is even drilled for multiple ways to mount pumps and reservoirs.

Out of the box, the 500D ships with just a pair of 120mm fans One of them is found in the front of the chassis, while the other SP120 is installed at the rear However, Corsair has offered a few more options for cooling too. Using removable fan mounting plates, the front of the chassis can support a trio of 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans The second removable plate is found at the top of the chassis, where a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans can be installed There is room for water cooling in the front, and possibly at the top, as long as the motherboard and RAM heat sinks do not conflict with the solution used.

The bottom of the chart shows that the MSRP for the Obsidian 500D is set at $139, which is not bad by any means Upon release, we would expect most locations offering the chassis to stick to that price to help move the chassis into the hands of users to get the name out there a bit, but the one listing at Newegg shows that this is not the case. As we write this, we find that Newegg has a pre-release listing for the chassis, and it is set at $14999, and on top of that, you need another $999 to ship the chassis.

While we do not feel that the $20 difference will make or break the decision to buy the 500D for those who like what they see, but it does hurt the value equation in our summary. Basing our judgment on the MSRP, we feel there is quite a bit offered to bolster the value of the Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-tower Chassis, but we will advise possibly waiting out the rush and holding out for a bit of a price reduction to obtain this chassis closer to or at the MSRP.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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