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Corsair Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 22, 2018 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Corsair

Inside the Obsidian 500D





After removing both side panels by lifting them off the hinge pins, we see that the interior is a wide open space for hardware. The pair of pre-installed fans are plainly visible, we see that there is a PSU cover, and the wires have been bundled and secured through the motherboard tray as not to damage the glass panels or painted interior.





The single 120mm fan in the front of the 500D is mounted to a removable plate Unscrewing a pair of thumbscrews on the right side allows the plate to be removed so that the intake can be added to or changed to support an AIO or radiator for a custom loop




The top of the chassis works in the same fashion for cooling While there are no fans here now, removing the thumbscrews at the top of this image allows the plate to come out, cooling to be mounted to it, and then it can be installed back into the chassis




The motherboard tray accepts motherboards up to ATX, but the hard fold in the steel by the grommets to the right keeps E-ATX motherboards out of the equation. The CPU access hole is large, the standoff locations are all marked, there are seven holes to pass wires through it, and various tie points are visible




The PSU cover is short and is done so to leave room for water cooling components in front of it, without a modification needed to do so The top of the PSU cover has honeyco0mb mesh for those who want to use the PSU with the fan facing up, and there is also a large hole with a grommet for the front I/O panel wires and GPU power leads to pass through it




The back of the chassis has the second pre0-installed fan hanging there, and it is raised to the topmost position The fans are powered by a 3-pin fan connection, and both are black and gray As for the expansion slots, all of them use thumbscrews, but the vertical slots are accessed outside of the case.




Behind the motherboard tray, we first spot the hardware box sitting in one of the two 35" drive trays at the left To the right of those trays is a steel cover which hides wires, and to the right of it, we can see the trio of 25" drive trays for additional storage




Under the PSU cover, we see that the floor of the 500D is well ventilated for any PSU fan location, and we also see that the PSU rests upon three rubber pads As you will see in the build section, there is quite a bit of room here for the PSU and wiring, but that 225mm limitation is a hard limit.




The wires from the front I/O panel are not all that long, but still long enough to get to where they need to be. We can see the USB 31 on the left, just behind the button and LED wires The USB 30 connection is in the center, and we find the HD Audio lead on the right

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