Summary: Final Thoughts
Corsair just keeps on impressing me with their cases. This is the 4th Corsair case I have reviewed and I would recommend all of them. That really says a lot about Corsair and what they have set out to do when they announced they were going to be making other products besdies just memory.
When it comes to looks Corsair has gone with the sleek yet stylish look. The case has an all black design and the brushed aluminum front panel really sets the case off.
Pros: Easy installation, Sleek and silent design, 3 included fans, USB 3.0 support
Summary: This system covers the inside of each panel in acoustic foam, but you’ll pay a price for the lessened noise. While we like that this foam-filled case cuts down on noise, the 550D will get hotter than most cases on the inside, and it’s a bit heavier than you might expect. Perhaps Corsair could have alleviated its cooling issue by using larger fans.
Pros: Quiet; great concealment of adjustable areas; recessed motherboard tray.
Summary: In operation, this case was incredibly quiet—so much so, I had to double-check that the computer was even on. The only notable noises from this case are the optical drive spinning up and the video card fan when the system is under load, and even those are dampened by the case’s excellent acoustic properties.
The Corsair Obsidian 550D is an absolutely superb case, built with a level of care and attention to detail not often seen even in much pricier offerings.
Conclusion: Looking at the build quality first we have a solid chassis which is manufactured to a high standard. Each component fits well together and there are no rough edges or loose segments. A good selection of fans is fitted at the factory and always a sign of quality we have rubber liners on all of the wiring/tubing holes.
Summary: With many companies offering cases geared toward a silent computing experience, Corsair is going all out, offering the most expensive option in the fray. Clocking in at a price premium when compared to offerings from NZXT, Fractal Design or Cooler Master, the Obsidian 550R still manages to stand out and impress.
Pros: Excellent engineering quality, Solid Aluminium front door, Very good sound dampening materials used, Covers on side and top air vents to maximize silence, Door may swing open to either side, Great external looks, Very well thought out internals, Parted HDD cages, so that you may remove one for long graphics cards, Simple but effective tool-less installation method for ODDs, Very good cable management possibilities, Plenty of space for water cooling with fans installed...
Cons: More expensive than other silent cases on the market, which clock in at 100 - 110 US Dollars, Simple I/O, Silent approach makes for restrictive air flow - especially in the front
Excerpt: As the title suggest, it has been quite a long time since Corsair has made something so elegant yet still so awesome in the originality of the design and concepts included into it that I can't really see any reason not to own one. For a line like that to come from a guy like me is really saying something. The original submission of the Obsidian series, the 800D spent three full years on my desk with many and I mean many various build inside of it over that time.
Excerpt: We're not just all about power supplies here, at jonnyGURU.com. Once in a while, we like to take a break from the norm and look at something different, like a computer case. As coincidence would have it, Corsair has sent me just such a beast to look at today in the Obsidian 550D. This is a midtower case being targeted at the silent computing crowd.