Corsair Obsidian 450D: Introduction and Packaging

Corsair is a company that hardly requires an introduction; almost every PC user has heard of their name and a large number own at least one of their products. More advanced users know that Corsair is one of the oldest companies that's still around. The company was established in 1994 as a cache module manufacturer but their focus changed to DRAM modules a few years later. Corsair began a very aggressive diversification scheme over the past decade, which turned the DRAM manufacturer into a giant that markets several dozen technology-related products, their four series of cases being among the most popular of them.

Depite having over a dozen designs available, Corsair is continuously releasing new cases to enrich their product ranks. It's only been a few months since the release of the Obsidian 250D, a cubic Mini-ITX case, and today yet another product joins the ranks of the Obsidian series. In this review, we'll look at Corsair's newest mid-tower case, the Obsidian 450D, a case designed to bridge the gap between the Micro-ATX Obsidian 350D and the towering Obsidian 750D.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 2 x 5.25"
Internal 3 x 2.5"/3.5" (front drive cage)
3 x 2.5"/3.5" (optional front drive cage)
2 x 2.5" (rear of motherboard tray)
Cooling Front 2 x 120 / 140mm (2 x 140mm included)
Rear 1 x 120mm (included)
Top 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm (optional)
Left Side -
Bottom optional 2 x 120 (drive cage has to be removed or relocated)
Radiator Support Front Up to 240mm / 280mm
Rear 120mm
Top Up to 360mm / 280mm
Side -
Bottom 240mm
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearances HSF 165mm
GPU 430mm
Dimensions 494mm × 210mm × 497mm (H×W×D)
19.5 in × 8.3 in × 19.6 in (H×W×D)
Prominent Features Tool-free 2.5” drive sleds behind motherboard tray
360mm radiator support with removable magnetic filter
Removable 3.5” drive cage allows use of 240mm bottom radiator
Up to 280mm radiator support in front.
Price $119 USD (MSRP)

The Obsidian 450D comes in a rather simple, brown cardboard box. The artwork is limited to a basic schematic of the case itself. Inside the box is the case protected by Styrofoam slabs and wrapped in a nylon bag, which should offer ample shipping protection for a typical ATX case.

Alongside with the Obsidian 450D, Corsair supplies only the bare essentials. We only found a handful of black screws and a few cable ties supplied with our sample, as well as a basic installation guide. Considering the class of the Obsidian series, the bundle leaves a lot to be desired -- nicer velcro wraps would be appreciated as an example.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Exterior
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  • Larry Endomorph - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    Nice review. But, ...
    Your line charts are useless for color blind people.
    Add tick marks to the lines. Something like this:
  • E.Fyll - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    I am sorry, I cannot simply do that, the data points are far too many. I will see if I can do something about it though.
  • Larry Endomorph - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    Another idea:
  • The_Assimilator - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    Sooo... it's basically a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2, with fewer hard drive trays and hard drive cage positioning options, more plastic, and a slightly different look... and the Arc Midi is $20 cheaper.

    Yeah, no.
  • The_Assimilator - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    Oh... and the Arc Midi comes with a built-in 3-channel fan controller. Try harder, Corsair.
  • NeatOman - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    I like my Lian-Li PC-7HXW better, i picked it up for $90. I just inverted the side window.. it was very ugly on the outside IMO
  • EnzoFX - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    The proportion to cases that are useless to me, to ones I would consider for future builds here at Anandtech is retarded. How about more ITX cases?
  • Razorbak86 - Friday, April 4, 2014 - link

    "Retarded"? Seriously? Are you 12 years old?
  • The_Assimilator - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - link

    How about: no.
  • FriendlyUser - Saturday, April 5, 2014 - link

    You live in a closet and can't afford the space for a midi tower?

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