CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 500D
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.