Reviews - Corsair Obsidian 650D
Sample Provided by: Corsair (By OklahomaWolf on Mon, May-21-2012)

Page 1 - The Box

Good day to you, humanoids, and how are we today? You say you're dealing with a case of the Mondays? Well, I was dealing with a case this past Monday as well so I feel it's only right that I use it as my review sample for today.

Today's review sample just happens to be the Corsair Obsidian series 650D. It's like that 550D I recently took a look at, only a hundred more... something. And right away, we have some marketing to share:

The Obsidian Series 650D brings all of the best features of the Obsidian Series - simple, clean design, innovative cable routing, room for water-cooling, and plenty of space for all your components - to a mid-tower case. But don't let its smaller size fool you. You'll find the same high-quality construction the Obsidian Series is famous for, including a rugged steel skeleton and beautiful aluminum faceplate, as well as dual 200mm fans, eight expansion slots, and even an external hot-swappable SATA3 dock. With features like these, the Obsidian 650D is the ideal choice to make your next PC your best PC.

There you have it, people. I'm going to open this box and find a steel skeleton. Kind of a long wait to start putting up Halloween decorations, though.

If you ignore the patch of missing box material where the import papers were glued, there's rather a lot of information on the back of the box. This basically shows off all the features of the case, as well as providing a handy blueprint for competitors to copy it. While the picture doesn't allow you to see which bullet point goes with which case feature in the diagram, I'll reprint them all for you anyway.

  • Dual 200mm fans provide outstanding cooling for even the hottest components.
  • Easily accessible dust filters make maintenance simple and hassle free.
  • Quick release side panels make it easier than ever to upgrade your hardware.
  • Integrated fan controller lets you quickly adjust cooling performance and noise levels.
  • Four tool-free optical dive bays and up to six SSD-ready hard drive trays provide plenty of expansion.
  • CPU backplate cutout makes it easy to upgrade your CPU cooler.
  • Brilliant cable routing system provides a way to keep your system neat and tidy.
  • Adjustable drive cages can be removed and relocated to accommodate large video cards.
  • Room for long power supplies gives you peace of mind for future upgrades.
  • Eight expansion slots give you tons of room for multiple graphics cards.
  • External hot-swappable SATA3 dock provides a quick way to copy data to-and-from 2.5" or 3.5" SATA drives.

The box also has a table of specifications. Here's that table now. No, I have not smeared the blood of the innocent on this side of the box, that's a marker. Yeah, that's it, a marker. DON'T JUDGE ME!!! Except you... the good looking woman in Toledo. You can judge me.

Awesome... four USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. I like to see cases come with a ton of USB ports. For the last couple motherboard upgrades, I've had more than a few extra USB headers go unused. And I have a lot of USB devices, so this is welcome. I just have to wonder whether or not we'll get an internal USB 3.0 connector, like the 550D has, or if this will be the older and kludgier approach where I have to run a standard USB cable out the back of the case and down to the motherboard.

Unpacking the box, we find the 650D dressed for a hostage negotiation in a nice black cloth bag. Let me yank the bag off and make sure this really is the 650D before we go making ransom demands.

Ah, yes... this is indeed the 650D. Nice to see lots of protection for the finish on the front panel as well as the window on the side. I'll just peel all that off so you can see the case better.

As was the case (bad pun fully intended) with the 550D, the 650D is rather attractive in a minimalist kind of way.

A better look at the front panel before we go on to the next page.


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