There is much to appreciate in a design like this. The new aesthetics on the outside are a winner. There is no getting around the fact that Corsair has made a chassis which is very pleasing to the eyes, and makes for a sleek and stylish addition to any room in the house. All of that brushed aluminum, the dark tinted glass to comply with the Obsidian name, and the addition of USB 31 to the front I/O all help to bring an old name into current times.
The interior is wide open, all of the parts fit and line up the way they should, and once the left side is swung open, the view is of the components and not a mess of bits and wires strung all over the place On this angle, the same can be said for the right side of the chassis Whether looking through the glass or with the panel open, the wiring mess is kept to a minimum, and all you will see is drive labels staring back at you. Fan noise levels are kept low, and while the chassis can breathe through its front openings, you will want to add additional cooling to get the most out of the airflow.
There is also a bit of the bad which we have to discuss, but it is a short list of things. Airflow falls into this category, but by using an AIO in the front of our chassis, we negated that fact and were able to feel much more air through the chassis than with just the single SP120mm fan intake. The second thing that comes to mind is the lack of a PCI-e riser. We feel that cases which offer alternative mounting for a GPU should come with all the accessories needed to get the job done, but Corsair felt differently To use the vertical GPU mounting location, you will have to add the price of the flexible riser into the equation too.
We also wish the top and front panels would come off for access to the dust filter at the top, which can be a pain to slide out, but using removable cooling plates almost negates this complaint We would still have liked to have the option though. Outside of those three things, we do feel that Corsair has made the right moves with the Obsidian 500D, and it is a chassis which many will find sufficient for their needs.
For the set MSRP of $139, you get quite a bit of case from Corsair In our opinion, it is the best looking of the series to date. All of the latest trends are tended to except for any RGB LED illumination, but we can overlook that due to the way the chassis presents itself. The side panels are a step above the rest, the interior is laid out well with great wire management options, and we just can't get passed how slick the front, top, and sides come together to give us a perfect mix of style and functionality.
From what we have gathered, if you go to grab this chassis after reading this review, the price is much closer to $160 right now, which is a gut punch to the chassis. At $139, this is a stellar option, but at $160 which it will cost on this side of the pond, the value diminishes a bit. However, if you just have to have one, go for it, you will not be disappointed, but we do feel that those that wait may find a better deal on the Corsair Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-Tower Chassis from Corsair. This chassis is one that makes you want to do another build, just so you can use the case, and we can only think of four or five cases in nearly ten years which have had this effect on us.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: The Corsair Obsidian 500D is a sleek and stellar looking chassis which is more than capable of housing your components. We do feel the cooling needs help, and current pricing is a touch high, yet at the same time, we cannot stop ourselves from recommending it!
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Corsair Obsidian 500D Premium Mid-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Obsidian 500D]
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