Looks can be important for many things, and this is no less true for computers where the case is what everyone will see your choice of components and cable-routing skills. Corsair has launched the new Obsidian Series 500D case that provides an elegant and minimalist design with smoked tempered glass side panels and curved aluminum. The aluminum is black and brushed for the front panel, top panel, and the curved handles for the sides that can swing open to show off your internals, or be removed when you need to change components.
Of course function is important as well, and the 500D does deliver. While it is a mid-size case, it supports up to a 272 mm E-ATX motherboard, up to a 360 mm radiator in the front fan tray, and up to a 280 mm radiator in the top fan tray. The fan trays in the top and front will make installing fans and these large radiators much easier, and there are also dust filters for every intake, to help you keep things clean. For storage there are mounts for up to two 3.5 in drives and three 2.5 in drives behind the right side panel, keeping them and the heat they produce out of the main volume of the case. If you are still using a 5.25 in drive, there are no slots for one but the front port, along with the two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and usual buttons and audio jacks, also has a USB 3.1 Type-C port for those newer devices that use the reversible plug.
The Obsidian Series 500D is available immediately and is backed by a two-year warranty. A quick look at the Corsair webstore shows a price of $149.99, for any of you who are interested.
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