Corsair Obsidian 650D Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅17-05-11

The front of the 650D, as already mentioned, features this brushed aluminium fascia. I have to admit it looks great. The bottom section has a removable mesh panel and further up we have 4 x 5.25” drive bay covers. At the absolute top there is another bay cover – this houses our front panel connectivity. Pressing the corner in causes this cover to slide open.

Moving to the rear of the 650D at the bottom there is space for mounting a PSU. Above this we have 8 expansion slot covers which will surprise many as the 650D is in fact only a mid-tower case. Each of the expansion slot covers here are ventilated to encourage better airflow. Next to our expansion slot covers there are 2 circular rubber grommets for feeding tubes/cabling through – the 650D can accommodate water-cooling radiators. We will take a look at the inside in the next section.

Above this we have an area marked out for a 120mm rear exhaust fan. Every aspect of the front and back appear to carry with it good build quality. So far, so good!

The front and back of Obsidian 650D

In our closer observation we will firstly take a look at the removable dust filter mesh cover at the front. This covers a front mounted 200mm intake fan. Pressing this mesh panel in at the top will cause the cover to slide open. With this cover removed dust and dirt can then be washed/cleaned off. This is a handy feature to have as it means you keep things tidy without having to even go inside the case.

Removable fan filter at front – very useful

Up at the very top of the front of the 650D is the front panel connectivity. Pressing the right-hand corner of this cover causes the door to slide open, revealing 2 x USB3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jack, 2 x USB2.0 ports, firewire and reset button. On the inside of the cover we even have small icons to indicate what each port represents in case you had difficulty to establish what each port was for. On the far left there is a power button and activity LED beneath. It’s good to have the option of shielding the front panel features here, keeping dust out and limiting potential damage from accidental knocks. Sadly, the USB3.0 ports on the 650D aren’t attached to a USB3.0 motherboard header connection like some of the cases we have seen reviewed at recently. Standard USB3.0 cables have been used and these will need to be plugged into the USB3.0 ports located on the I/O panel of the motherboard.

Front panel connectivity with USB3.0

At the top of the 650D we have another door. This slides back to reveal a SATA hot-swap bay. This is 6Gbps compatible and allows 3.5” and 2.5” drive functionality. A great feature to have – it means you can access your data without the hassle of having to connect cables to your drive. It offers a hassle-free way to access your data.

A docking station for SATA 3.5”/2.5” drives – even 6Gbps support

Further along the time there is a large mesh region that clearly shows another 200mm fan on the inside. There are also mounting holes for dual 120/140mm fans, if you wanted to change the cooling configuration around.

A top mounted 200mm fan with dual 120/140mm fan options

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