Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Mid-Tower PC Case Review
16 July 2014
Summary: 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.
Summary: The Obsidian 450D completes the lineup really, it is not a chassis that is groundbreaking in new features. Contrary, it is more of the same yet in a different form-factor. From A to Z though the Obsidian 450D is a chassis within a well thought through concept. It's nice in design (if this matches your style), feature rich, it has the space to work in, decent cooling so yeah overall a very good product.
Conclusion: With the Obsidian 450D, Corsair attempted to fill the gap between the Micro-ATX 350D and the very large 750D of the same series with a mid-tower case of normal proportions. Yes, they already have half a dozen mid-tower cases available, such as the Graphite 230T and the Carbide 300R, but only the 650D / 550D are part of the Obsidian series and they have been engineered with entirely different target groups in mind.
Summary: I have a tendency to be somewhat cynical, so I'll admit that my eyes rolled when I heard that Corsair was adding yet another case to its Obsidian Series lineup. However, the 450D does fill an important gap between the 350D and 750D. It brings the ATX motherboard compatibility of the 750D to a much smaller tower and a lower, $119 price point. Impressively, it does so without serious compromise.
Corsair Obsidian Series 450D Performance Mid-Tower PC Case Review
26 March 2014
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: For the past couple of years, Corsair has enjoyed success in the mid-tower chassis market with award-winning enclosures such as the Graphite Series 600T and Obsidian Series 650D. Both options continue to have plenty to offer, but the £140 price tag is overshadowing the company's earlier efforts. Right now, it's the £90-£100 price bracket that manufacturers are targeting, with chassis such as the Fractal Design Define R4 and NZXT H440 leading the charge.
Summary: Corsair’s attention to detail is obvious on the Obsidian 450D, it gives the feel of an expensive case without the high price. It includes pretty much every feature an enthusiast wants without compromising the minimalist approach.
Summary: First off: The Corsair Obsidian 450D looks and feels like a high quality case on the outside, and it is, considering the use of good materials, solidly constructed and includes three retail quality fans to justify its price right off the bat. Even the interior is easy to handle as everything that is present works. But while the 450D scores brownie points with its two SSD brackets, it looses some because it lacks additional 3.5" hard-drive installation possibilities.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Three retail-quality fans included, Loads of space for liquid cooling, Two SSD brackets behind the motherboard, Modular HDD cage is easily moved, Excellent cable routing, Aluminum-plated front cover, Big dust filter on the underside, Dust filters on front and top, Magnetic attachment of top and bottom filters, Easy, tool-free installation of drives, Well-sized window
Cons: No USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter, Interior a bit on the simple side, CPU cooler limited to 165 mm, Basic I/O, Minimal number of screws and zip ties, Can only hold three 3.5" HDD out of the box, No paper manual, Front cover unclips easily, Quality comes at a price
Conclusion: It was only weeks ago when we were casting a critical eye over Obsidian 250D and yet again we have another case from this series under the spotlight. 450D could be easily mistaken for any of the other models within the Obsidian series because of the consistent styling and aesthetics. To the eye, 450D is very pleasing. It adopts an elegant approach to computer case design and avoids being garish in any way.
Pros: + Stylish aesthetics, + Good build quality, + Decent cooling performance, + Tool-free mechanisms throughout, + SSD support behind mobo tray, + Can accommodate high-end kit, + Multiple locations for varied radiator support