Corsair Obsidian 550D: Starting to Specializeby Dustin Sklavos on March 29, 2012 3:01 PM EST
Introducing the Corsair Obsidian 550D
We've been keeping track of the evolution of Corsair's line of enclosures since the Graphite 600T was released. Even as the newer enclosures generally found themselves lower and lower in price, there was a clear evolution as Corsair's engineers gained more experience and confidence with their designs. Yet each new design up to this point has been a little bit of refinement and a little bit of experimentation without any specific specialization. That changes with the 550D.
There's definitely some experimentation going on here, and there has to be: the Corsair Obsidian 550D is the first case Corsair has engineered specifically for silent running. That's not all they've experimented with, though, as you'll soon see.
Corsair's case isn't the only thing new about this review, though; we've also gone back and substantially revised our testbed and testing methodology to correct for some abnormalities and issues that may have affected the results of our previous tests. We're including some new data that should hopefully prove useful in both the short and long term. But first, let's get the skinny on the 550D:
|Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Specifications|
|Motherboard Form Factor||ATX, Micro ATX|
|Drive Bays||External||4x 5.25”|
|Cooling||Front||2x 120mm intake|
|Rear||1x 120mm exhaust (supports 140mm)|
|Top||2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts|
|Side||2x 120mm/140mm fan mounts (or 1x 200mm fan mount)|
|Bottom||1x 120mm/140mm fan mount|
|Front I/O Port||2x USB 3.0 (via motherboard header), 1x Headphone, 1x Mic|
|Power Supply Size||Standard ATX|
|GPU||12.5" / 318mm|
20.9" x 8.8" x 19.5"
531mm x 224mm x 495mm
Acoustic dampening foam
USB 3.0 via motherboard header
Dual removable drive cages with three drive trays each
Corsair's design essentially falls into the same market as Antec's P280, but theoretically it's a step up from other silent-engineered cases like NZXT's H2. It has all the same accoutrements you've come to expect from a Corsair enclosure (including remarkable ease of assembly) while cribbing some ideas from Fractal Design's very successful Define R3. How successful this experiment was remains to be seen.