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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

Case Build & Finished Product

 

 

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Once the build is finished, not a single thing distracts from the attractiveness of the front on the 500D Its sleek simplicity is on full display. We can see the edges of the dust filter behind the aluminum, and as long as the side panels aren't blocking its removal, it can be slid out from either side and magnetically attaches to the steel frame inside

 

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With little effort, this is the result we got from our components. The 280mm AIO installed without much hassle, the motherboard fit and aligns properly too The GPU is as level as we could expect to see, and the vast majority of the wires are hidden from view.

 

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At the back of the chassis, we snapped the dust shield into place easily, the video card aligns, but we had to force the chassis out to get it to slide all the way in. The PSU slides in from the right side, and once resting on the rubber pads, the screws all lined right up

 

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Of course, there will be instances where the steel wire cover won't work for all situations and is why you can see our 8-pin and USB cable from the AIO Outside of those two wires though, everything is contained and out of view through the tempered glass. We have to give credit where it is due, and Corsair did their best to make the view of the right side of the chassis as clean as the left.

 

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The level of tint in the tempered glass does hinder a view inside of the chassis, but you can just make out the components, even more so when it is not under the bright lights of the photo booth What you have here is a fully loaded sexy beast. While at first, we were against the departure from the other Obsidian case designs, but when it comes down to it, what we see here is much better than what the original styling had to offer.

 

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Once powered, it is easier to make out the motherboard, head unit, and GPU LED lighting behind the glass. What we also love about the case right now is that there is very little noise coming from the stock fan at the back. At 29 dB this chassis can go anywhere, and with the AIO in the front, the airflow inside of the chassis is sufficient to keep things cool inside As shipped, the airflow is not as good, as Corsair opts for silence over cooling right out of the box.

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