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Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Performance Mid-Tower PC Case Review

Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction and Features

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The highly anticipated 450D mid-tower case is Corsair’s latest addition to their top of the line Obsidian Series and is the first new Obsidian case to be released in 2014. The Obsidian 450D mid-tower enclosure is positioned between Corsair’s 750D full-tower and 350D Micro-ATX enclosures and shares many of the same styling and design concepts of the 350D, 750D and 900D. The 450D is being introduced with an MSRP of $119.99 USD, which makes it considerably less expensive than Corsair’s classic Obsidian 650D mid-tower enclosure ($199.99 USD). It appears the new 450D may eventually become the successor to the 650D but we hope the 650D mid-tower case doesn’t go away any time soon as the two enclosures are still different enough to appeal to different users.

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And in addition to PC enclosures, Corsair continues to offer one of the largest selections of memory products, SSDs, power supplies, coolers, gaming peripherals, and PC accessories currently on the market today!

Here is what Corsair has to say about the Obsidian 450D PC case:

The 450D Performance Mid-Tower PC case matches the iconic, brushed aluminum design of the Obsidian series with an increased focus on high-airflow, ensuring your system not only looks great, but runs cool.

Behind the 450D’s aluminum mesh intake grill are dual AF140L intake fans to direct airflow straight to a PC’s hottest component, the graphics card. The rear AF120L 120mm fan keeps the airflow moving smoothly and five other optional fan locations give you serious cooling flexibility. The 450D’s fan mounts also accommodate a wide range of water-cooling radiators, with room for up to a 360mm radiator in the roof, a 280mm radiator in the front, and a 240mm radiator in the floor.

The 450D also boasts all of the features that make the Obsidian Series a favorite among enthusiasts around the world. Easily accessible dust filters on the roof, front, and bottom ensure your system will stay looking its best, while modular tool-free 3.5”/2.5” hard disk mounts offer a wide range of storage options, or can be removed entirely to prioritize airflow.

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Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower PC Case Key Points:
•    Mid-tower PC case with clean, elegant styling
•    Tool-free 2.5”, 3.5” and 5.25” drive installation
•    Two AF140L intake fans and one AF120L exhaust fan
•    Excellent airflow and low noise levels
•    Support for water-cooling in a broad variety of configurations
•    Support for 240mm, 280mm, and/or 360mm radiators
•    Two dedicated 2.5” SSD drive sleds located behind motherboard
•    Included modular (removable) drive cage supports three 2.5”/3.5” drives
•    Optional drive cage adds support for three more 2.5”/3.5” drives
•    Removable magnetic top filter provides a cleaner look
•    Competitive price point

Continue reading our review of the Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Case!!

March 27, 2014 | 12:17 PM - Posted by  Liza Jenifer (not verified)

I think you're right that it appears the new 450D may eventually become the successor to the 650D but we hope the 650D mid-tower case doesn’t go away any time soon as the two enclosures are still different enough to appeal to different users. You have shared very informative and helpful article. I really like this information. Keep it up.
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March 27, 2014 | 01:04 PM - Posted by Disappointed! (not verified)

I see that your case reviews are still lacking the PcPer touch as most of the imagery is from Corsair!?

Do you really not think as a reviewer you should be testing things yourself!? Like installing a full system and testing the thermals, instead of filling your review with promo material from Corsair. The reader might as well just go to the Corsair page and read that.

Still disappointed, might have to look elsewhere for better reviews in the future...

:-(

April 3, 2014 | 01:27 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Should you maybe look past the first page...?

April 18, 2014 | 04:10 AM - Posted by Questtt3 (not verified)

Great review with great real world applicable detail--thank you!!

Recognizing the 450D is an ATX case, and the 350D is M-ATX, in terms of quality of build, do you have a preference?

Also, with an eye on heat and sound (quieter), if running 2 GPUs in SLI or even a single GPU (ex. GTX 780)--which case would you choose--350D or 450D?

Thank you very much!!

April 18, 2014 | 04:13 AM - Posted by Questtt3 (not verified)

RE:
"Also, with an eye on heat and sound (quieter), if running 2 GPUs in SLI or even a single GPU (ex. GTX 780)--which case would you choose--350D or 450D?"

(Should have included . . . ) . . . case/system to be on desk and used as workstation, flight simulator and HD video editing computer.

Thanks again!

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