Corsair 550D Case ReviewBluePanda - May 17, 2012
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Getting closer with the case I pulled off the first side panel to find a great surprise, awesome soundproofing foam. You could definitely tear it up if you tried, but it seems like it is there to stay as long as you don’t pick at it. I can see why this deadens the case so much already. The inside of the case itself is much like any Corsair case on the market today: easy to remove drive bays, a few pre-mounted standoffs with the extra lip to hold your motherboard in place, and nice pre-routed cables. It just looks nice right out of the package. A small white box holds all the screws and needed parts in the bottom HDD bay – always my favorite way of including the screws.
The back side of the case comes apart to reveal the same soundproofing foam covering. I really like the squishy feel of it. It is a foam I can’t quite explain, but when you feel it you know the foam (I know that’s not descriptive, but you will understand once you’ve touched it). The pre-routed cables are nicely run through with some zip ties to help you fix things up nicely. A large hole in the motherboard tray is cut for about any odd CPU mount you can find. Nice and simple even on the inside.
The external drive slots have tool-less clips that allow you to easily mount or remove things as you please. They aren’t hard to work, and if you have touched any “new” case in the last two or three years you can figure it out. The HDD cages allow you to remove one set of three to add extra room for a super long video card or just extra air flow. Both cages can be removed if you want to mount your drives elsewhere as well. It’s just nice to be able to customize the guts how you want.
The HDD trays themselves are also very flexible and allow for center-mounting SSDs – a big favorite of mine (hate removing the pins to do a side mount). If you own any recent Corsair case or have had your hands on one, you will know exactly how this looks and works on the inside. Corsair has seemed to make this their standard layout over the last run of cases. I’m okay with that.
Inside the case you can see the rubber feet to help keep your PSU mounted tight and quiet. There’s room for another fan here on the bottom to boost your airflow without having to take off any of the added panels and help you keep things quiet. The pre-wired cables came nicely wrapped in foam packing to protect them as they bounced about in the open case. I’m happy to see thinking was involved – this doesn’t happen too often in packing up items.
A shot from the inside lets you get a closer look at the standoffs mounted and the raised sections that require no standoffs at all. The rear fan has a long enough connector that you can pass it through the back if you have a Molex adapter just to keep your onboard connectors available. It is a case that looks easy enough to work with; I’m excited to get hardware in to see if that is so.
The general shot of screws and instructions included can’t be left out, so here you go. Enough screws are included to cover all your bases and then some when you lose a couple. A USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 connector is provided for those of you, like me, who don’t have the onboard USB 3.0 hookups and would still like front I/O panel support without awkwardly wiring cables out the back of the case. Plenty of cable management zip ties and fasteners are included for a nice clean build.
Hardware in and I couldn’t say I’ve had an easier build. This was pretty simple to get everything in and it was probably one of my faster builds going case to case. It just goes together as it should. Everything fit right in and wasn’t much of a hassle at all. Panel on and running, like I said before, I just had to keep checking to see if it was on. The little power button lights up white so at least it wasn’t too difficult to glance at. It is definitely a quiet case and a simple one worth getting your hands on.