Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case Review

A Look Inside
When you take the side panels off of the case you can see there side sound dampening material on each one.  Upon first look inside we can see that Corsair has continued the black design inside the case.  Moving around the case I found that almost off the metal is rounded or made so you will not cut yourself on it when installing your hardware.  Again this is a mid tower and supports ATX and micro ATX motherboards.

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Starting at the front of the case you have the four 5.25-inch drive bays.  They use a tool-less system that will lock your optical drives in place.  These plastic pieces can be removed if you want to secure your drives yourself with screws.

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case

Moving down there are six hard drive trays that are separated into two cages.  Each one of the cages is removable if you need extra room for things like a watercooling pump or reservoir.  The hard drive trays are made of plastic and support both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives.  They use a tool-less system for the 3.5-inch drives and you will need screws to secure your 2.5-inch drives.

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case

On the bottom of the case you have room for another fan, either 120mm or 140mm.  The section for your power supply have 4 rubber feet that lift it off the bottom of the case to provide better airflow.  As far as internal connections go you have the internal USB 3.0 header and HD audio.

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The eight expansion slots use thumbscrews so it is very easy to switch out your cards without the use of a screwdriver.  The included 120mm exhaust fan uses a 3pin connector so you can connect it directly to your motherboard.  There is a very large CPU cutout that will allow you to install aftermarket CPU coolers without having to remove your motherboard from the case.  You have 4 large cable routing holes, that do have the rubber inserts installed.

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Taking the opposite side panel of the case off you can see it also has sound dampening material installed.  If we look at the backside of the case we can see how the cause is designed.  There is a large hole at the top to route your CPU power connector.  On the bottom of the case there is more than enough room to route your cables, but as you move up you do lose some of that space.

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