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Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Mid-tower Case review

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D - The Quiet One

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Aesthetics:
9
Functionality:
9
Usability:
8.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Excellent build quality
Spacious, neat internals
One button side panel removal
Quiet operation
THE BAD
Not hot swappable dock
Only two USB ports on the front I/O panel


Introduction

Corsair, More than Just Memory

Perhaps more commonly known for its memory, Corsair has recently upped its efforts in diversifying its business, releasing and heavily marketing a variety of new products including casings, SSDs, PSUs and gaming keyboards and mice.

Today we are taking a look at Corsair’s recently released Obsidian Series 550D casing. The Obsidian Series is Corsair’s flagship line previously consisted solely of the 800D full-tower casing. The series was then expanded to include the 650D mid-tower casing and now the 550D. The 550D is also a mid-tower casing, but differs from the 650D because of its silent operation preposition.

 

As we all know, high-end components, graphics cards especially, can get very noisy during operation. They also need lots of ventilation and cooling, which in turns translates to more fans required for cooling, which leads to more noise. In this respect, the Corsair 550D has a couple of noise isolation tricks up its sleeves which the company claims can help significantly dampen noise from the casing, ensuring a smooth and quiet operation.

Before we take a look at the casing proper, here’s a quick look at its specs: 

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Specs
Casing Dimensions & Specifications
  • Height: 530 mm
  • Width: 221 mm
  • Depth: 495 mm
  • Material: SECC steel / Plastic / Aluminum
  • Case color: Black
  • Motherboard support: mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX
Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 4 x 5.25-inch external drive bays
  • 6 x internal 3.5-inch drive bays
  • 8 expansion slots
Case Cooling
  • 2 x front 120mm fans
  • 1 x rear 120mm fan
  • 2 x top 120 / 140mm fans (optional)
  • 1 x base 120 / 140mm fan (optional)
  • 2 x side 120 / 140mm fans (optional)
Power Supply
  •  Standard ATX PS2