|Corsair Obsidian 650D Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Tuesday, 31 May 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
A well designed interior can make building and upgrading a system a joy rather than a tedious exercise. At the same time a well-made interior can also compliment a user's system making for aesthetically pleasing final product. The Obsidian 650D ticks both of these check marks making for both a beautiful and easy to work with case. So without further ado let's look at what makes this case such a joy to work with.
First and foremost one of the biggest joys about working with this case is the way in cable management is done. The rubber grommets provided help users cabling look nice once they have been run through the back of the case. At the same time it is nice to see that Corsair has painted the interior of the Obsidian 650D a matching black color to the exterior.
From the rear you can see that the Obsidian 650D has provided users with a very large opening with which to attach large coolers that would otherwise require motherboard removal to install. At the same time Corsair has also planned for all of users SSD's, and HDD's to run through the back of the case. For the most part this should provide no problems for users as Corsair has been very generous with the amount of room they have provided between tray and the back of the case.
As with many other modern cases the power supply of the 650D fits in the bottom of the case, while at the same time sitting upside down. This ensures that a user's power supply will have plenty of fresh filtered air to cool itself with. One interesting feature that Corsair has provided is a small adjustable retention clip for the front of power supplies. This serves a twofold purpose. First it makes installation a bit easier by lifting the PSU making it easier to align with the rear of the case. Second it helps provides stability if the case is moved by reinforcing the power supplies installation.
The Corsair comes with a pretty standard set of drive bays. Each drive caddy is easily removed by grabbing each of the clips up front. For users with extra long video cards the middle drive bay can be easily removed by removing the two thumb screws that hold it in place.
The quick release latches used on the 5.25" drive bays is sufficient to hold in users drives. It is easy to quickly add and remove drive with the simple flip of a switch. Sadly, the 650D has one of my biggest pet peeves in cases by only providing latches on one side of the case.