Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Introduction

Corsair has been turning out awesome cases for sometime now and we here at Legit Reviews have had the privilege of reviewing all of them.  While they have made cases in all sizes and at a fairly wide range of price points the only case they had not made before was a quiet case.  Lucky for us, now they have with the Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Mid-Tower Quiet Case ( SKU# CC-9011015-WW ).
Corsair Obsidian 550D
Like most Corsair cases the 550D is loaded with features and they have been very thoughtful in how they handled the silencing treatment.  You can expect all the rich Corsair features such as large rubber grommets, black interior, tool-free bays, and push button to open side panels.  The price is moving quickly on this case as we found it for $149.99 shipped just last week when we were shooting the video and as of today we are down to $129.99 shipped from Amazon

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Specifications:

  • Warranty:  Two years
  • Dimensions:  20.9" x 8.7" x 19.5"
  • MB Support:  ATX, mATX
  • Expansion Slots:  8
  • Form Factor:  Mid-tower
  • Material:  Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate
  • Drive Bays:  (x4) 5.25", (x6) 3.5"/2.5" Drive Caddies
  • Cooling: (x6) 120/140mm Fans, (x2) 120mm Fans,
  • Includes (x2) front-mounted 120mm fans and (x1) rear 120mm fan
  • Front I/O: (x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) Mic
  • Power Supply:  ATX (not included)
We first told you about the Corsair Obsidian 550D during our CES 2012 video report here:
Let's take a closer look at the case that we are reviewing today.

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Case Video & Conclusion

Full Video Review of the Corsair Obsidian 550D Mid-Tower PC Case:

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Now that Corsair has figured out the formula to churn out enthusiast grade cases it is no surprise they tried their hand at building a silent case.  The Corsair Obsidian 550D borrows a lot of the features from the rest of their case line up and even adds a few new ones such as silencing panel on all but the rear fan ports to allow you to run cool or silent.
Corsair Obsidian 550D Built
This case was very roomy to build in for a mid-tower and we are sure the removable bottom hard drive cage will be an area that will quickly be modded to fit a 240mm radiator.  The magnetic intake filters on all ports is one of those things that make you say why isn't everyone doing this on their cases.  With all the fan ports being 120 / 140mm compatible it makes large silent fans an easy choice to keep the Corsair 550D nice and cool.  The sound deadening was not very thick but in our test run it did make the case totally inaudible with our simple stock i5 build.
Frankly it was hard to find anything wrong with this case as we felt like they thought of everything and a few things we did not think of!  However, and this is picky, the front door seemed to want to totally snap off more often than pivot from the left or right.  Something about the way the pins and clips work makes this harder than is seems it should be.  Given how rarely we access our optical drive I am not sure this is even an issue and so minor we wouldn't deduct any points.
With a two year warranty and a current price of $132.75 shipped, the Corsair Obsidian 550D is a swoosh for our Legit Reviews Editors Choice Award.
Editor Choice Award
Legit Bottom Line: Arguably one of the best mid tower case on the market today with a price  / feature ratio that sets the bar for the competition.