Corsair Obsidian 450D Mid-Tower Case Review

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Obsidian 450D Internal Impressions

Removing the side panel we can check out the interior. Here we find that the color of interior matches the exterior.  The motherboard tray has four large cable management holes, each of them protected by a rubber grommet.  In addition, there is an extra large hole for easy access to the back of the motherboard CPU cooler.  For drives, we see two 5.25″ bays, and three 3.5″ trays; not many for a mid-tower.  Between the 5.25″ and 3.5″ drives is a large open area, that appears to have room for optional drive chassis, however they are not included; the other option is to move the 3.5″ drive chassis up to being directly under the 5.25″ chassis.  There are many cooling options on the Obsidian 450D, with seven locations to install fans, or four locations to install liquid cooling.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Full

Starting with the 5.25″ drive bays, we find two tool-less brackets for installing drives. 

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal 5.25 Bays

There are three 3.5″ drive trays included in the Obsidian 450D, with a light squeeze at the ends release the clips holding them in place so they can slide out.   Under the drive chassis a 120mm or 140mm fan can be installed. 

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal 3.5 Bays

If you have built a case using tool-less 3.5″ drive trays in the past couple of years, you are probably familiar with this design.  Corsair has included holes to install a 2.5″ drive in place of a 3.5″ drive using screws.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal 3.5 Tray

The bottom isn’t very exciting, the power supply will be placed here, which will rest on four rubber feet to reduce vibration.  Next to the power supply is a bottom 120mm or 140mm fan mount.  If desired, a 240mm long water cooling radiator can be installed here by moving the 3.5″ drive chassis up.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Bottom

After taking a look at the back of the case from the outside, we know what to expect internally.  The fan is a 120mm AF120L which connects to the motherboard using a standard 3-pin fan connector.  The 120mm fan can be removed and replaced by a 120mm liquid cooling radiator.  The seven expansion slot covers are held in place with thumbscrews, which is always nicer than plain screws.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Back

The top of the case can support two 120mm or 140mm fans, or up to a 280mm long liquid cooling radiator.  The top panel has a filter on it, which is nice to keep things from falling into the case through the large holes in the top.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Top

On the back side the motherboard tray, we find nothing out of place.  There are four cable tie locations, one for each of the cable management holes.

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Back MB Tray

The two hidden 2.5″ drive trays are hidden below the large CPU cooler support bracket hole.  These are tool-less, simply slide a drive in and it is secured by a clip.  

Corsair Obsidian 450D Internal Back 2.5 Tray

 

 

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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?

  • 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.