Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Performance Mid-Tower PC Case Review
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower case shares many of the same design elements present on Corsair’s popular Obsidian 350D micro-ATX chassis, 750D Full-Tower and the 900D Super-Tower enclosures. The Obsidian 450D case can easily accommodate one or more extended VGA adapters and offers three internal 3.5” HDD/SSD mounting trays, two internal 2.5” SSD trays, and two external 5.25” drive bays but does not have any built in 3.5”/2.5” HDD hot-swap options. The new 450D Mid-Tower case appears to incorporate several design features intended to reduce manufacturing costs while preserving much of the high-end look and feel of previous Obsidian Series enclosures. While for the most part successful (the price is considerably less than the 650D), we still miss the robust fit-n-finish of the classic 650D Mid-Tower enclosure.
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Case cooling is very good with minimal noise right out of the box thanks to the three included Corsair fans (2 x 140mm, 1 x 120mm) configured to provide positive case air pressure. Three easily removable air filters help keep the dust out. And if you want to go with liquid cooling the 450D can accommodate just about anything you might plan to use; with four different radiator mounting locations supporting single, dual or triple fan combinations.
Overall the build quality is good, the case is easy to work with, and it provides very good cooling in the base configuration with the three included fans. If you are looking for a mid-tower case with good looks and excellent cooling that is easy to work with, then the new Obsidian 450D might just be what you are looking for!
The MSRP for the Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower ATX case is $119.99 USD and it should become available in April 2014 from Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers.
• Very good case cooling options with support for liquid cooling
• Two 140mm intake fans and one 120mm exhaust fan included (relatively quiet)
• Eight different case fan mounting locations
• Three dust filters: easy to remove and washable
• Support for multiple location and different size liquid cooling radiators
• Tool-free ODD, 3.5” HDD, and 2.5” SSD tray mounts
• Two 5.25" external, three 3.5” internal, and two 2.5” SSD bays
• Oversized CPU back plate cutout for easy CPU cooler installation
• Allows installing extended VGA adapters (up to 430mm long)
• Good cable routing cutouts and extra room for neat wiring
• Two front panel USB 3.0 ports and I/O panel
• No external hot-swap 3.5” HDD bays
• We miss the robust fit and finish of the classic 650D Mid-Tower enclosure
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower ATX Case
I would like to thank our friends at Corsair for sending us the 450D case to review – thank you!