The Corsair Obsidian 500D brings the basic features you would expect in a premium case. It continues the legacy of the Obsidian series to support high-end cooling solutions. Of course, it could have done better. In 2018, it’s expected now for cases to include a fan and lighting hub out of the box. If you run out of cooling fan or RGB headers on your motherboard, you won’t be able to use the case to its full potential. This is something we would want high-end cabinets like the Obsidian series to include. The tempered glass hinged side window doors on both the sides offer the premium feel to the cabinet. They are removable and have a smoked tint to them. We are happy that the front I/O ports include a USB 3.1 Type-C port. However, we would have appreciated if the cabinet included fan speed controllers and PWM fans shipped inside.
Cooling performance was impressive in both our stock and full fan capacity stress tests. The cabinet clearly performs significantly better with more intake and exhaust fans. At this premium price, we expected more fans to be included other than the two. However, enthusiasts are more likely to go for aftermarket fans anyway. For its price, the Obsidian 500D does seem expensive and the lack of one or two premium features is a complete miss by Corsair. Overall, it’s a great cabinet for enthusiasts looking for a premium finish.
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