Corsair has had a bit of a wob­bly history when it comes to premium cases. Sev­eral of its re­cent ef­forts have lacked the ma­te­ri­als and de­sign flair to re­ally stand out. Not so with the Obsidian 500D. This is one fan­tas­tic-look­ing case that’s clad in thick brushed alu­minium pan­els and has smoked glass win­dows on both its sides. The win­dows are also hinged and fronted by alu­minium pieces that act as han­dles. Undo a screw in the top hinge and the case’s doors slide off, grant­ing you easy ac­cess to build your sys­tem.

In­side, there’s an open lay­out that has noth­ing get­ting in the way of your build other than a cover for the power sup­ply. There’s no op­ti­cal drive op­tion, and hard drives and SSDs are mounted on the back of the moth­er­board tray. Cool­ing op­tions are also am­ple with a 3x 120mm fan mount area in the front, 2x 120mm in the top and space for one 120mm fan at the rear. How­ever, you only get one 120mm fan in the back and one mounted in the front by de­fault.

As such, cool­ing isn’t that im­pres­sive. This was one of the hot­ter and thus louder cases we tested. A cou­ple of ex­tra fans will help, though, and oth­er­wise this is a fan­tas­tic case that de­liv­ers on its price.


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