Corsair Obsidian 650D Reviewairman - June 8, 2011
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I'll start off by saying that, although the results from the testing aren't astonishing on the graphs themselves, this is only because of the small spreads of only a few degrees in each test. Even having one or two degrees difference, which isn't critical, takes you all the way to the end of the graph. Aside from that, I feel that the Obsidian 650D is an excellent case and is very well-designed. It has a sleek look with thoughtful engineering, while not having anything flashy just for looks. I respect manufacturers that lean toward the elegance of integrating function with the look of a case and not just adding plastic molded bezels or LED case fans to make a product look good. A good example of this is the front fan filter. It is seamlessly integrated with the front bezel, yet it is easily removed with the spring loaded lock at the top of it. Another point is the I/O panel, hard drive dock, and fan controller. I've always enjoyed seeing "James Bond"-type features that are completely hidden, but with a simple flick or press of a button, they're exposed and ready to work. To me, it really amps up the style of the case.
Of course, opinions are subjective and every individual's take will differ, but the Obsidian series from Corsair is already a proven line and has many admirers. The Obsidian 650D is no exception and definitely has my vote for one of my top favorite cases that I've had the pleasure of using. Wire management has a solid design and it was very easy to use. This is the roomiest mid-tower I've ever used, though it is only about an inch and a half shorter than the HAF932, which is a full tower case. The Obsidian 800D is almost 4" taller than the Obsidian 650D, but Corsair found a place to put about 90% of the features found in the 800D, only in about 75% of the volume. Corsair did a great job accomplishing that and Obsidian owners will probably agree with me. Corsair is earning an OCC Gold Award for its Obsidian 650D. This is one of the few products that I have given a Gold Award, so that's definitely saying something! I could list "price" as a con, but at a cost of $60-$70 less than the Obsidian 800D with only a tiny reduction in size and even more features, makes it a no-brainer cost savings option.
- Loads of room
- Wire management is made very easy by all the passages
- Eight expansion slots to make quad-Crossfire or quad-SLI a possibility
- Elegant looks and thoughtful styling
- Removable fan filters and all the front I/O you would need
- Room at the top for a 2x120 or 2x140 radiator for water cooling
- All in a mid tower