Corsair adds quiet, budget additions to case lineup

Corsair has added a couple of new models to its rapidly growing collection of enthusiast-oriented PC enclosures, and we spent some quality time with them at the Consumer Electronics Show. Let’s start with the Obsidian Series 550D, which looks to balance strong cooling performance with ultra-low noise levels. Like many popular low-noise designs, the 550D features a monolithic front panel that cuts a striking profile. This brushed aluminum door swings open from either side, and it’s lined with acoustic-dampening foam.

That foam can also be found on the 550D’s side and top panels. To accommodate massive water coolers and toasty graphics configurations, the top and left panels each have mounting points for dual 140-mm fans. These emplacements are covered by foam-lined panels in the 550D’s factory configuration, so the extra venting shouldn’t sacrifice noise levels. Out of the box, the 550D comes equipped with three 120-mm spinners: dual intakes and one rear exhaust.

Corsair is particularly proud of the Obsidian’s dust filters, which are cleverly lined with magnets to hold them in place. The 550D also features removable hard drive cages, loads of space behind the motherboard tray for excess wiring, and cable management options galore. The company tells us it’s upgraded the plastics for the tool-free drive sleds on the Obsidian and a number of its other cases, as well. You can expect to see the 550D hit online retailers in February for around $160.

 

If that’s a little steep for your budget, perhaps you’ll be interested in the $90 Carbide Series 300R. This case doesn’t have the Obsidian’s acoustic foam or latching side panels, but it does feature a number of perks not often seen on cheaper enclosures. The optical bays and HDD sleds both offer tool-free retention mechanisms, USB 3.0 connectivity is provided up front, and plenty of attention has been paid to cable management. There are concessions, of course, such as the removal of rubber grommets for the cable routing cut-outs, and the deletion of a couple of drive bays. With a 140-mm intake fan, a 120-mm exhaust, and plenty of mounting points for additional fans, the 300R looks like a good starting point for enthusiasts contemplating future upgrades. Like the 550D, it’s due to become available next month.

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    • entropy13
    • 8 years ago

    Maybe I should get the step-up for my 400R to the 550D…

    • End User
    • 8 years ago

    I really like the 550D. It strikes a nice balance between cooling and noise reduction. Hopefully we will see a review in the not to distant future. 🙂

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      I love my 600T, but I would consider moving up to the 550D for that slick front door and reduced noise. Throw in a new Corsair water cooler and I’d be set.

    • Spotpuff
    • 8 years ago

    Would like to see bigger fans on the cases. Corsair and Antec have nice designs in some ways but are behind on others.

      • End User
      • 8 years ago

      As far as Corsair is concerned many of the fan mounts support 140mm fans. The 500R has a 200mm side fan. What more do you want?

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    550D so looks like that front door doesn’t belong on it.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]This brushed aluminum door swings open from either side[/quote<] Hallelujah!

      • anotherengineer
      • 8 years ago

      +1 Indeed

      It’s about time!!!!!!!!!! Silverstone had this option in some of their cases for years now.

      And power button and usb 3.0 ports right at the front top & center where they should be

    • steddy
    • 8 years ago

    It’s good to see them building an acoustically dampened case, but I hope they make the foam actually mean something. Too many “dampened” cases have foam that’s far too thin or light to make much of a difference.

    What metal do the side panels use? Steel panels are generally better than aluminum panels at blocking noise.

      • Corsair George
      • 8 years ago

      We’re using fairly dense closed-cell foam and steel side panels.

    • blitzy
    • 8 years ago

    corsair makes the best cases

      • glynor
      • 8 years ago

      I really love my new 650D.

      I strongly considered three other cases (one of which was the 650’s bigger brother) but the simple, beautiful but understated look and features of the 650D won out.

      I am very glad that they sell a replacement side panel with no garish window on their site, though.

      • Kollaps
      • 8 years ago

      They make high quality cases but their line up is currently very limited. Even their smallest case pushes the limits of what I’d consider to be a mid tower. I’d would love to see what they’d come up with in the mATX or mITX form factors. Those sizes need more options and considering the power you can fit in the format you’d think Corsair would target gamers wanting portable systems.

        • blitzy
        • 8 years ago

        yeah that’s true, they are very targeted at mid-tower systems right now

        • TakinYourPoints
        • 8 years ago

        It’s a tough balance. Reduce the size and you lose easy/clean cable management. Same issue Thermaltake has with their Raven and Fortress line, incredible internal layout and clean internal cabling, but the result is a massive case that can barely be considered a mid-tower.

      • Draphius
      • 8 years ago

      i disagree, for me since i watercool caselabs make the best cases, i own a corsair 600t and its not all its cracked up to be once u live with it for awhile

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    Is the side panel supposed to bulge like that on the 300R? You’d think they’d have them look nice for trade show displays.

      • Dazrin
      • 8 years ago

      Nice catch. Someone must have been playing with it and didn’t get it back on correctly.

        • Voldenuit
        • 8 years ago

        Or maybe it doesn’t have a lot of room behind the motherboard tray and tucking the cables behind the tray was enough to cause the panel to bulge.

      • demani
      • 8 years ago

      What? The bulge shows just how much is stuffed in there. I always thought that was a good thing…unless it’s in the backside.

        • Kollaps
        • 8 years ago

        You really think a computer case having a hideous bulge showing it’s poorly designed cable routing is a good thing? That’s bizarre.

          • cynan
          • 8 years ago

          obligatory innuendo [i<]woooooosh[/i<]

      • ludi
      • 8 years ago

      I’m guessing that’s standard abuse for a trade fair demo unit. If you look at the Asus audio device pictures from earlier today, the shroud on thaat Pheobus soundcard has obviously been smacked around a bit, too.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      Looks like they just failed to put the side on correctly. You can see at the top it’s not even flush like it is at the bottom. Still, pretty sloppy.

      • Corsair George
      • 8 years ago

      Somebody put it on the floor during the show and another person accidentally bent it. There’s a TON of room for cable routing back there, as seen [url=http://www.corsair.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/3/0/300r_side_open_built_b.png<]HERE[/url<]

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    This news looks so boring I’m surprised it got a whole page on here.

      • morphine
      • 8 years ago

      Speak for yourself, I’m drooling all over the 550D. Quiet = sexy! (*ahem*, as far as computer cases go…)

        • cynan
        • 8 years ago

        I agree that the 550D looks tempting as an option for a primary enthusiast rig that doesn’t break the bank for people who appreciate noise dampening.

        But why oh why did they have to use fugly silver for the I/O panel on an otherwise all black (and good looking) case? I hope it ships with black touch-up paint…

          • blitzy
          • 8 years ago

          yeah that silver I/O panel really doesn’t look right

          • Duck
          • 8 years ago

          Because it’s just yet another mediocre ATX tower.

            • Jambe
            • 8 years ago

            On this episode of Opinionated Bitter Duck, our protagonist encounters a front page news item covering something he doesn’t think should be on the front page, and comment-based hilarity ensues!

          • Jambe
          • 8 years ago

          Ugh, yeah, that’s just… [i<]weird[/i<]. Also, the OCD completist in me is like "why no eSATA?!?" but it's not that big a deal really.

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