Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower PC Case Review

Remember when Volvo was "Boxy but safe?" While Corsair's new Obsidian 450D may not hit that point exactly, it does pretty darn well in the "Boxy but with a roomy interior that’s optimized for airflow." The 450D has all the features you want for a new cool build whether it be air or water cooled with tons of components.

Introduction

Today we are reviewing Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D mid-tower PC case.

Corsair is famous for its memory products, but as you likely know, the company has branched out in recent years with its cooling line, world class power supplies, SSDs, audio components, keyboards and mice and, of course, computer cases. Put it this way, if you call yourself an enthusiast, not only have you heard of Corsair, you've likely owned one or more of its products.

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Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.

Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.

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The subject of today's evaluation is the newest member of Corsair's Obsidian Series, the 450D. The company seems to be highlighting this chassis' "superior cooling efficiency" and its ability to accommodate a variety of watercooling gear as a major selling point. The product page states:

" Don’t let its mid-tower size fool you آ– the 450D can also house some serious watercooling gear. The included dual front AF140L intake fans provide direct GPU cooling, and there’s a total of seven fan mounts for your extremely high volume airflow projects. The interior is designed for superior cooling efficiency, with a modular removable drive cage system and dual SSD bays that mount behind the motherboard tray and out of the airflow path."

Now that we have heard what the company has to say about this chassis, let's get down to business and see what this case is really made of.

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Product Packaging

The Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D arrived in its bare product packaging with no signs of wear or damage. The overall package measurements are 22"H x 22"L x 11.5"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams.

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As usual, Corsair decided against flashy packaging and slick graphics, instead opting for plain cardboard packaging with product information, name, and company logo printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick styrofoam inserts.

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