|Corsair Obsidian 650D Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Austin Downing|
|Tuesday, 31 May 2011|
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Corsair 650D Final Thoughts
Overall building within the Obsidian 650D was a joy. Even though this is a "mid-tower" case building inside of it was easy due to it being so spacious. At the same time the Obsidian 650D provides plenty of room for expansion and system customization. I have seen some pretty radical alterations to the 650D to accommodate extreme water cooling setups using a radiator at every opening in the case. At the same time it is possible comfortably run a Quad-CrossFirex/SLI setup due to the eight expansion slots provided by the Obsidian 650D. To top that all off, using the provided space, cable management even done quickly is easy to do well and the included fans also each move large amounts of air while remaining quiet.
While nearly perfect there are some areas that could use improvement on the 650D. First it would be nice to see Corsair use a USB 3.0 header on future revisions instead of having users running a cable all the way through the back of the case. At the same time although rated as a "mid-tower" case it is as large as many full-tower cases including the Antec 1200. Overall though despite these minor inconveniences the 650D is well built, easy to work with, and beautiful.
Corsair 650D Conclusion
The performance of a case is all about its cooling prowess and the noise it makes while doing so. The 650D is setup to keep every system but the most extreme overclockers cool using two 200mm fans and one 120mm fan. These together provide a total of over 250CFM of air through this case. At the same time it does this while being one of the quietest systems I have worked with.
I love the steel, and brushed aluminum exterior of 650D. It provides a clean, sleek look that I that will fit into many situation whether it be a home office, a lounge, or a gamers den. It is a simple design that hides those quite powerful components that are stored on the interior. Aside from the obvious exterior Corsair has also painted the interior a matching black that will go well with many of the color schemes used on the more powerful motherboards on the market. To top off the painted interior the ease of cable management inside of the 650D will allow users to have a beautiful clean interior with only a couple hours of work. One thing that does break the clean looks of the system is the manner in which the USB 3.0 is setup. Rather than using a USB 3.0 header Corsair opted to run cabling all the way through the case and out the exterior to connect to the rear of the motherboard.
Like its older brother the construction of the 650D is superb with the steel interior providing structural integrity that prevents the system from warping or even creaking when your roomate decides it is a good place to sit. At the same time areas that normal show lack of strength such as the beams around the expansion slots are firm in this case with no warping as components are taken in and out of the case.
Functionality is all about future expandability of a case and the ability to adapt to what users may need. The Obsidian 650D easily will fulfill most users need by allowing for all but the largest of motherboards. Even more impressive, as of this writing every video card on the market will fit in the 650D. Even if GPU's continue to grow in size users can accommodate those just by removing one easily removed drives bays from the 650D. At the same time users to some extent can change the cooling configuration of the 650D by using different fan configurations. One thing that users should be aware of is the fact that both of the 200mm fans are 200mm x 20mm and for the front fan this may make it impossible to replace it with anything but a Corsair fan. On the other hand many users may ditch air cooling all together and use a water cooled setup. The 650D will easily accommodate many different cooling setups and would be an effective choice for a water cooled system.
Priced at $199.99 the Obsidian 650D is not cheap case but it does come with many nice features and is very well built. None the less many of the features on the 650D can be had in cases that cost much less. For example the Graphite 600T for the most part is identical to the Obsidian 650D, and yet it can be had for $135 with mail in rebate. For some users like me the more refined exterior of the 650D would be worth the price hike but for many others this will be a tough pill to swallow.
Overall my time spent with the 650D was wonderful. It was easy to work with, easy on the eye, and full of features that would be useful every time I needed to work on my system. Every person whom I have shown it to that currently owns the 800D says they wish that this was the size that the 800D had been. At the same time it is an expensive case and still very large especially for a "mid-tower" case. Non-the-less I would recommend the 650D to anyone who asked me about it, and if it were not for the fact that I love the Silverstone RV02 I currently use, I would be using it as my main case at this moment.
+ Well built
- Large for a "Mid-tower" case
Final Score: 9.3 out of 10.
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