Author: Bob Buskirk
When we visited Corsair at CES back in January their big thing is that they wanted to be in the top tier of each type of product they produce. Many companies claim that they want to do that, but Corsair has really done it, especially with their cases. This is the third case we have reviewed from Corsair and just like the previous cases I am very impressed. When people ask me what type of case to get I now tell them Corsair instead of the other brands I would recommend. The main reason, every case they have is quality and you really cannot go wrong with the choice of any of their cases.
Oh so let’s talk about the actual case. I am a huge fan of sleek and simple cases and the Obsidian Series 650D achieves that perfectly. The simple and imposing all black design, and brushed aluminum front bezel scream quality. Nothing is overdone or flashy on this case and I like that. It is like comparing an Aston Martin to an import tuner car. The Aston Martin needs nothing done to it to look amazing. I really like the clean front bezel of the case, Corsair hides the ports on front to make it completely clean. The only thing that may not be aesthetically appealing to you might be the latches on the door, but they make the side panels extremely easy to open.
So what about the features? The Obsidian Series 650D has a long list of features. Let’s talk about cooling, this case comes stock with two 200mm fans and a single 120mm fan. That is sure a lot of cooling. The fan also comes with a fan controller to keep the fans nice and quiet when need be. When it comes to installation it could not be easier with the 650D. The optical drive bays and hard drive trays (3.5-inch installation) are completely tool-less which saves you quite a lot of time. Also there is a lot of room inside the case, which makes installing your motherboard very easy. This case is suited for high end installations with multiple video cards. All of the cable routing holes make routing and hiding unwanted cables very easy. You can hide all of your cables on the backside of the case, which makes for a very clean case. The CPU cutout on the motherboard tray is very large and makes it easy for you to install an aftermarket CPU cooler without having to remove your motherboard. The inclusion of a hot-swappable hard drive dock is just great. I probably use it at least once a week. You can fit 6 hard drives and 4 optical devices in the case, which is sure a lot for a mid tower case. The removable dust filters make cleaning them very simple.
There really is not anything I can say I do not like about this case, although I would have liked to see internal USB 3.0 connectors instead of the external ones that are connected to the front ports.
Right now you can pick up the Obsidian Series 650D for $189.99 at my favorite online retailer, which is a little expensive for a mid tower, but given the feature set and quality you are getting what you pay for. Overall ThinkComputers give the Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid Tower Case a 9 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
- Quality design and construction
- Latches make taking side panels off simple
- Tool-less installation
- A lot of room inside
- Great cooling
- USB 3.0 connectors are external not internal