Corsair Obsidian 450D Mid-Tower Case Review

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Obsidian 450D Packaging

Corsair Obsidian 450D Box Front

Like most manufacturers, Corsair is going for pretty plain packaging for their cases, not many are using full color, high gloss packaging any more; not that this really matters with most of these being sold in speciality stores or online.  The front of the box provides a nice 3/4 view of the case, and a short list of the features (in two languages).  At the bottom the model information is presented in large text.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Box Back

The back of the box provides a nice exploded view of the Obsidian 450D showing all the removable parts.  Half of this side is taken up by text in four languages, which is just a repeat of the information from the front of the box.  It’s great that Corsair is using one package for six different languages.  In the bottom left corner, some damage to the box, looks like something slashed at the box, I don’t believe it is deep enough to reach the case, however we will verify no damage to the case.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Box Sides

The sides of the box look really busy, however all that text is just the specifications of the case; it is listed six times in different languages.  The graphic of the case at the bottom provides the dimensions, 496.4x210x494 (HxWxD). On one side, in the upper right corner is a little sticker that shows the exact model, and that this case includes a side panel window.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Box Internal

Nothing unusual in the method that Corsair choose to package the Obsidian 450D for shipping.  Placed inside a plastic bag to keep moisture away, and large Styrofoam blocks on the sides to ensure no damage to the case during shipping.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Accessories

Corsair includes a very simple one-sheet informational page, this sheet is used to alert the user to the various accessories and where to obtain the full user manual (hint:  online).  Included in the little box of accessories is four cable ties, four long fan screws, ten motherboard screws, one standoff, four optical drive screws, twelve SSD??? screws, and twelve short fan screws.

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  • Solarfly

    I’m considering what to do with the two hard drives in my 450D, which are at the default bottom placement. You decided to move yours to the middle (thus opening up airflow more for the bottom fan, but blocking air along the middle of the chassis). I was wondering why you chose to put your hard drives up. If I move mine up, it would only be to add another 120mm intake into the bottom of the case. What’s your thoughts?

    • Steven Kean

      Sorry I didn’t see this sooner, the placement of the drives in the review was mainly to show the different options in placing the drives. Personally, I would always put my drives at the bottom, allowing more direct airflow towards the GPU and CPU area.

  • Solarfly

    I’m considering what to do with the two hard drives in my 450D, which are at the default bottom placement. You decided to move yours to the middle (thus opening up airflow more for the bottom fan, but blocking air along the middle of the chassis). I was wondering why you chose to put your hard drives up. If I move mine up, it would only be to add another 120mm intake into the bottom of the case. What’s your thoughts?

  • Questtt3

    Enjoyed your review–thank you.

    Just a small correction . . . in your conclusion you state:
    “At the top the Obsidian 450D includes two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, and **two USB 2.0**. I would prefer to have four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports; that might increase the cost of the case a little.”

    Unfortunately, there are only **two USB 3.0 ports* (no USB 2.0 ports)–I agree though, four USB 3.0 ports would have been nice.

  • Questtt3

    Enjoyed your review–thank you.

    Just a small correction . . . in your conclusion you state:
    “At the top the Obsidian 450D includes two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, and **two USB 2.0**. I would prefer to have four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports; that might increase the cost of the case a little.”

    Unfortunately, there are only **two USB 3.0 ports* (no USB 2.0 ports)–I agree though, four USB 3.0 ports would have been nice.

  • Kostya Finchuk

    Like.