We all know how good of a company Corsair is and it hardly needs an introduction. They are the main provider of enthusiast and quality-grade components with a large fan base among the PC-performance community. Lately, the company introduced their newest addition to their premium line of computer chassis under Obsidian.
Today, we will take a thorough look at their all-new Obsidian 500D which was designed specifically to provide excellent aesthetics, and is integrated with two tempered glass side panels for better customization.
The company ensured to utilize premium aluminum and tempered glass for this chassis, thus, appearing like a model aimed for high-end audiences. It has a dark, sleek look plus an aluminum bezel which seems to work perfectly with its topside finish.
The Obsidian line from Corsair has aimed for a more stylistic appearance and have gone from the classic design within a tower chassis. The company has focused on reimagining what their Obsidian collection can be, and their 500D is definitely a looker, making it one of the few cases on the list to purchase based on appearance alone.
Of course, there’s more to just the looks and design for the 500D, and we’re going to see each and every detail that Corsair has integrated into their new case. Let’s get started.
Corsair Obsidian 500D Review – What’s in the Box?
First up, we’re going to check out what other items and accessories are included in the package for the Obsidian 500D. It is set in an ordinary-looking brown cardboard package where its front displays the name and logo of Corsair.
It’s just above the chassis’ rendering, while at the right of it, you will see the full name of the product – “Obsidian Series 500D Premium Mid Tower Case Corsair”, just so everyone can see what you’ve got there.
The company ensured to put a couple of fragile stickers on the box because of the tempered glass on the case. When you spin the box to the right, you’ll once again see the Corsair logo and name; the only difference is that there will be two-dimensional renderings underneath it. Above the product’s name, you’ll get to see three specification charts in different languages.
The left part of the box is almost identical to the opposite panel yet the difference is that the specification charts displayed here are listed in three more languages than what was presented earlier.
Inside the package, you’ll immediately see the Obsidian 500D which is supported by a cardboard and dense foam which functions as its end caps. The whole chassis is covered in a black cloth-like bag which can be used when you’re traveling; it can also be used as a dust cover when you’re not using it. Under that, the chassis features plastic on both the doors, the top, and the front of the case.
The Obsidian 500D is protected by a Styrofoam and the soft black bag which is really secure since we didn’t notice any scratches, fingerprints, dents, or dust on the chassis. Once you get the Obsidian 500D unpacked, you’ll of course, get to see it much better and it does really look stunning in every angle.
We also noticed that Corsair secured the Obsidian 500D with protective plastic that has been wrapped on essential portions including the front, top, and all the glass areas.
Corsair Obsidian 500D Review
If you compare the Obsidian 500D with the other chassis in the Obsidian line, you will immediately notice that its front is much more elegant. It features thick brushed aluminum that runs from bottom to top where the company’s logo has been set.
On either side of its bezel is the air gap; this allows the front part of the chassis to breathe and air properly. The aluminum that you’ll be seeing on either side of the bezel is the side panel’s leading edge.
The front I/O panel is held together just behind the front panel within the plastic frame that works as its support. There’s a big power button just on the left, and is followed by a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a reset button, a USB 3.1 Gen-2, Type-C port, plus a pair of 53-millimeter jacks specifically for the HD audio connections.
The topmost part of the Obsidian 500D is made from the same material as well, and it protrudes to give it the wings that it features. The center of the chassis features triangular-shaped holes, allowing air to readily flow through the aluminum. One thing you should remember about the chassis is that its top and front panels should not be removed.
On its left, the Obsidian 500D is protected by tempered glass; the nice thing about this is that it does not have the usual thumb screws that are often seen holding such things. The hinges found at the back have screws, but the front has an aluminum strip that rests on the case’s frame.
The back of the Obsidian 500D features a thick section right at the top that is made for water cooling and fans. There is a total of seven expansion slots and next to these is another pair that will allow you to mount the chassis vertically. You will also see a large hole at the bottom portion which is where the PSU will be installed.
When you look at the right side of the Obsidian 500D, the same panel on the left side will also be seen here. It is tinted to decrease the view behind it; but if you look closely, most of the space behind the motherboard will be visible enough through the glass.
Beneath the case, there are a couple of rectangular-shaped feet that have rubber pads for support. These are placed extremely close to the corners of its steel frame. The front bezel is screwed to the chassis and behind this are a variety of mounting holes for the reservoirs and pumps. The dust filter is set on the back which prevents dust and debris from reaching the PSU fan.
Interior of the Obsidian 500D
You can easily remove the side panels just by shifting these off its hinge pins; from there, you’ll see that the interior has a wide opening just for hardware. You’ll see the pair of pre-installed fans there, a PSU cover, as well as wires that have been neatly secured and bundled through the motherboard tray. This is to prevent damages on the painted interiors or glass panels.
The single 120-millimeter fan located in front of the chassis is fixed to a removable plate. When you unscrew a couple of the thumb screws on its right, it lets you remove the plate; this is to allow the intake to be included to or altered to support a radiator or AIO for custom loops.
The top portion of the 500D also works for thermal regulation. Since there are no cooling fans, you can make the plate come out by removing the thumbscrews at the top of the chassis. The motherboard tray can hold ATX boards while its CPU access hole is adequately-sized and can mark standoff locations.
Seven holes are present for wires to pass through and you will also see a variety of tie points. The PSU cover is short for the cooling components to have additional room. With that, modifications are not necessary when you build your PC.
The PSU cover’s top features honeycomb mesh which is used if you want your PSU with the fan facing up. A large hole with a grommet is also present for the GPU power and the front I/O panel wires. At the back of the 500D, you will find the pre-installed fan. There are also 3-pin fan connections that power the fans.
Behind the motherboard tray, the first thing you’ll see is the hardware box sitting in one of the two 35-inch drive trays at the left. On the right side of the trays, you’ll see a steel. On the right side of the trays, you will see a steel cover for hiding the wires. You will also find a trio of 25-inch drive trays that offer you additional storage.
Under the PSU cover is the floor of the 500D; from here, we saw that the chassis was well-ventilated no matter where you place the PSU fan. We also need to see You will also see that the PSU is placed on three rubber pads.
For the build section, there is also available room for the PSU and wiring. The wires from the front I/O are also adequately long so these can reach the areas where they need to be connected. On the left you will find the USB 3.1 and behind this are the wires and LED buttons. At the center is the USB 3.0 and the audio lead can be found on the right.
The Obsidian series is known for its simple yet elegant design and Corsair makes it even better with the 500D. This chassis features all of Corsair’s iconic design aspects which includes a sleek aluminum build, smoked tempered glass, and an easy access door that is hinged.
The 500D offers you all the room you’ll need when building your own PC: three 2.5-inch drive bays for SSD storage and two 3.5-inch drive bays for mechanical storage. The chassis also has sufficient clearance for accessories and clean routing of cables. Some of these items include Corsair’s Lighting Node PRO, Commander PRO, and RGB LED strips.
Superior Cooling Technology
Aside from having great aesthetics, the 500D is also highly efficient when it comes to cooling. This is because of the Direct Airflow Path technology; the front intakes of the chassis is unobstructed to give your hardware a lot of access to cool air. For those who prefer using a water cooler, the 500D also offers space for a 240 or 280-millimeter radiator on top or 360-millimeter in front.
The front panel of the Corsair Obsidian 500D comes with all the connections you need for your PC so you won’t have to worry about not being able to connect all the necessary elements that you need for your build.
The Corsair Obsidian 500D is pre-fitted with 2x SP-120 or 1,200 rpm fans. Water and extensive air cooling options are present including support for the 120-millimeter radiator at the rear, 360-millimeter radiators to the front, as well as a top-mounted 240 / 280-millimeter radiator. Additionally, it also has room for mounting liquid cooling.
3-millimeter aluminum tempered glass and metal ABS are used as materials for the chassis. Its internal drive bay is 3.5-inches x 2 / 2.5-inches x 23 and its M/B form factor is ATX | Micro-ATX | Mini-ITX.
The Obsidian 500D has the ATX 12V, PSII Size & EPS up to 225mm for its power supply, and its I/O ports include x2 USB 3.0, HD audio, 1x USB 3.1 Gen-2 – Type-C, plus a PCIe Slot x7. You can utilize high-end graphics cards that can reach up to 370 millimeters and its dimensions are 508 x 233 x 502 millimeters (H x W x D)
Using the Product
We all know that graphics cards and processors usually produce tons of heat which needs to be taken away from the heated core. Often, you’ll find huge fan solutions that will surely get rid of the heat; however, all fans in the market today make PCs really noisy; though during our tests, we checked if the Obsidian 500D could keep our computer cool while simultaneously keeping things quiet.
Impressively, the chassis functioned efficiently and worked just like how we wanted. The airflow was perfect, the spacing provides a lot of options, its features such as the HDD / SSD space was great, it was easy to set-up, and its USB 3.0 ports and 3.1 Gen-2 connecting ports were also present for use. Don’t worry about it not having a built-in fan controller since you can easily manage this via the motherboard.
As we mentioned earlier, we really loved the appearance of the Obsidian 500D since it has this intense dark feel to it, and the see-through finish plus the side doors made it even better. Every addition to the chassis was obviously thoroughly thought of by Corsair, and its construction was designed to make it much easier for you when building your PC.
We loved that Corsair added a tempered glass to the chassis since it will allow you to look inside to see your build. Its glass panels add to its aesthetics, and the doors are definitely something we really loved.
Overall, the chassis is user-friendly plus it’s basically maintenance-free; it’s also very convenient to clean because of the magnet-based dust filters. You’ll get enough storage options on the side and its airflow is generally enough for any good build. Another great thing about it is that there are exhausts and air intakes present throughout its edges and body.
Just remember that since it’s a mid-tower chassis, you can’t really mount a 360-millimeter rad on top; however, there’s still enough space for this in front.
All in all, the Obsidian 500D is a unique piece and if you set it up with a silent or even a normal fan profile in your BIOS, it’ll be completely silent too.
The Obsidian 500D from Corsair is a great-looking and finely-build product. It has a nice and sleek black design that is definitely pleasing to the eyes. Its two doors that can be opened are excellent since these are fitted with tempered glass which gives it the perfect look and functionality for accessing all the necessary components without thumbscrews and the like.
The design and its whole appearance is definitely a head turner and we’re sure that you’ll also love its dark exterior. When it comes to build quality, we’re obviously a bunch who focuses on this, and with the Obsidian 500D, we don’t have any complaints there. Its brushed aluminum, though it can get smudged with fingerprints, is an awesome display and it’s conveniently easy to clean.
We can’t deny that we were worried at first with just the two SP-120 fans, thinking that the airflow would be a little off; but surprisingly, there wasn’t much of an issue here since there was a lot of additional space for venting air even in most corners or edges.
Since its interior is also dark, you’ll get to easily hide all your cables which will complement your LED style / coloring and components. And since the Obsidian 500D is a mid-tower case, it will fit almost all your components adequately including two HDDs and three SSDs.
Would we recommend the Corsair Obsidian 500D? Yes, definitely. It’s not only just about its looks, but it boasts with excellent build quality. The chassis comes with a good feature set and it’s basically a great product that everyone should have.
Where to Buy
Do yourself a favour and get the Corsair 500D for your next build for around $199AUD. For more information head on over to the official product page.