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The Corsair Obsidian 550D features ten 120mm fan mounting points, six of which also support 140mm fans and a spot for a 240mm radiator for liquid cooling; eight rear expansions slots along with liquid cooling tube holes; two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel; six internal 3.5"/2.5" drive bays and four external 5.25" bays.
Excellent engineering quality.
Solid Aluminum front door.
Very good sound dampening materials used.
Covers on side and top air vents to maximize silence.
Door may swing open to either side.
Great external looks.
Very well thought out internals.
Plenty of dust filters.
Removable covers for the side and top fan grilles.
Toolless optical drive bays.
One button side panel releases.
Lots of space to change out CPU coolers without removing mainboard.
Both drive bays can be removed.
Can be extremely quiet in use.
Sleek, minimalist design.
Excellent to build into.
Great cable-routing system.
Good soundproofing throughout.
Quick-release side panels.
More expensive than other silent cases on the market.
Silent approach makes for restrictive air flow especially in the front.
No Molex adapters included for the fans.
Mainboard tray inhibits use of PATA drives.
Somewhat cheap trim on the front panel interface.
Could do with a couple more USB ports in front.
Front door is stiff to open.
By Expert Reviews on March 09, 2013
Very quiet, plenty of room inside and it looks amazing, too...
By CNET Australia on November 16, 2012
It's clear that a lot of thought went in to the Obsidian 550D. If your ultimate goal is quietness and you can get away with a mid-tower, definitely give this one a...
By ThinkComputers on November 05, 2012
Corsair just keeps on impressing me with their cases. This is the 4th Corsair case I have reviewed and I would recommend all of them. That really says a lot about Corsair and what they have set out to do when they announced they were going to be...
By uk.hardware.info on July 25, 2012
We tested two new silent chassis, one by Corsair and one by Cooler Master. We also compared them to six other chassis marketed as being quiet. If we look purely at the test results, then the Corsair 550D is slightly better. The Cooler Master Silencio...
By TechwareLabs on July 05, 2012
In operation, this case was incredibly quiet—so much so, I had to double-check that the computer was even on. The only notable noises from this case are the optical drive spinning up and the video card fan when the system is under load, and even...
By Legit Reviews on June 20, 2012
Arguably one of the best mid tower case on the market today with a price / feature ratio that sets the bar for the competition. ...
By Techgage on June 15, 2012
It's no surprise that Corsair is in the business of making high quality gear. Enthusiasts have an almost rabid loyalty to the company, whether it's memory, coolers, cases or what have you, and I'd say it's well-founded. There's no...
By Guru of 3D on June 11, 2012
Over the years, Corsair has released many products; from memory, to SSDs, to power supplies, towards gaming gear and of course PC cases. When Corsair for the first time introduced their Obsidian chassis series with the 800D, well it was simply a...
By HardwareHeaven on June 08, 2012
When we first saw Corsairs 800D case at CeBIT a few years back it was clear at that early stage they had a good hold on what makes a great case. A few minor tweaks later they launched a case which is still considered one of the best available on the...
By techPowerUp! on May 18, 2012
With many companies offering cases geared toward a silent computing experience, Corsair is going all out, offering the most expensive option in the fray. Clocking in at a price premium when compared to offerings from NZXT, Fractal Design or Cooler...
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