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Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis Review

I like the Corsair Obsidian 450D but am not in love with it. The case is nicely compact and pretty much ideal for anyone building a gaming or home PC. I also like the cosmetic appearance of the case and would be very happy to give it house space if I was only judging by looks.

There are a number of things I dislike about the case including the somewhat flimsy nature of the side panels, the rather noisy three-pin case fans and the lack of space behind the motherboard tray for hiding away the power supply cables.

I was impressed by the ability of this case to keep everything cool once I had installed a liquid cooler in place of the two front case fans. The heavily ventilated nature of the case delivers massive airflow but also results in far too much noise if you don’t keep the fan speeds under control.

The final piece of good news with this case is the clever way that Corsair has covered the vents with magnetic dust covers top and bottom and a pop-off grille on the front. Keeping your new PC clean and tidy has never been so easy.

You can buy the Corsair Obsidian 450D from Overclockers UK for £91.99 inc vat.

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Pros:

  • Smart appearance.
  • Dust filters are simple to remove, clean and replace.
  • The free flow nature of the case gives epic cooling.
  • Plenty of space for a huge graphics card and CPU cooler.
  • Reasonable price.
  • Loads of options for installing after-market cooling.

Cons:

  • The stock Corsair fans are too noisy and don’t have speed controllers.
  • Not enough room for tidying away the cables.
  • Flimsy side panels flex too much and can be awkward to replace.

KitGuru says: This is a good, effective case however the stock fans are too noisy. It doesn’t take much work to fix it up but that shouldn’t be necessary.
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Rating: 8.0.

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