Corsair Obsidian 500D Review

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Corsair Obsidian 500D Review


In many ways, the Obsidian 500D can be considered as an extension to the popular 570X, offering a similar feature set and an internal layout that is almost identical. While this is true, it glances over some significant factors, like this case's unique aesthetic, lower pricing and the fact that this chassis is easier to use on a day-to-day basis. 

The biggest problems with the Crystal 570X was the fact that its overuse of tempered glass was a major turn off for some PC builders, inflating the unit's price while also making the chassis more challenging to build in. The thumb screws that were used to fasten the 570X's tempered glass windows are a paint to use when changing any components in your case, a problem that has been addressed with the 500D thanks to its use of hinged tempered glass windows. Corsair's more restrained use of Tempered glass will make the 500D a lot less divisive chassis, especially with its lack of integrated RGB illumination. 

Inside the chassis, there is not much to dislike, with the case including removable fan/radiator trays at the front and top of the enclosure, making AIO/custom water cooling radiators a breeze to install, significantly improving the case's overall user experience, especially when combined with the case's roomy interior. Other improvements like the inclusion of a PSU should front cover are also great to see, as that was a major complaint with early versions of the Crystal 570X. 

Our only major criticism of this chassis is that the case's side panels do not sit flush with the enclosure, leaving a small gap where air can exit and enter the chassis, which may allow some unnecessary dust to enter the system. It would have been preferable for Corsair to have a thin foam strip around the 500D, as this would prevent any air from entering the system unfiltered. This problem is not a dealbreaker by any stretch, as it can be easily removed as a factor if the case has more intakes fans than exhausts (positive air pressure), so this will not be an issue for most high-end users. 

What the 500D offers is a striking aesthetic, well layout internals and fixes for almost every issue that we had with the Crystal 570X, creating a case that is more affordable, easier to use and more arguably more beautiful (depends on your preference). The Obsidian 500D is a welcome addition to Corsair's lineup of PC enclosures, one that is definitely worth an OC3D Enthusiast Grade Award.  


Corsair Obsidian 500D Review  

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22-02-2018, 14:29:20

I think this looks slightly better than the 570X, which is a bold thing to say because that's a sexy case. This looks more industrial and robotic and less like a museum centre piece; more up my alley. I also love the layout and features.

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22-02-2018, 14:34:06

I'm excited for another awesome competition so soon after the last one. Thanks for the chance to win another great looking system!Quote

22-02-2018, 14:50:47

The Tiny One knocks it out of the park yet again ! this is an incredible system and to think i stand an honest and fair chance at winning this beast fills me with absolute joy and excitement ! what a marvellous and magnificent machine it truly is ! this mounts up to one MONUMENTAL GIVEAWAY ! win or lose i thank you for the chance ! GLORIOUS !!! AND SO SOON AFTER THE LAST FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY ! respect goes out to you Tom for doing this generous giveaway , and my thanks also goes out to any sponsors that also helped make this possibleQuote

22-02-2018, 14:53:04

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22-02-2018, 14:56:54

I just finished watching the review video and it seems like a great case. It's been many many years since I've been able to afford to build a new system so I haven't paid much attention to newer cases. I'm happy to see such simple quality of life improvements like dust filters, built in cable management, and easy open doors. That's probably standard these days but they are changes I would have greatly welcomed when I did my last build. I really enjoyed the looks of the case and I absolutely agree that the smokey glass looks sharp on a dark obsidian case like this one. Thanks for the comprehensive review, I will definitely consider this case as a possibility once I finish saving up for a new system in the next few months. Now all I need is for GPU prices to drop closer to normal again. Quote

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