Once again Corsair has managed to take the “basic box” PC case and add just a touch of the Corsair style. No matter how simple the design, the new Corsair 550D and 300R still seem to scream the brand name.
The newest entry to the premium case market is the Obsidian Series 550D which is all about cool and quiet performance. The steel and brushed aluminum chassis reminds me a SilverStone cases which is by no means a bad thing. The 550D then adds to the flair with sound absorbing materials, four 120 mm fans, and all the interior features we have come to expect from a Corsair Obsidian case.
Setting itself apart from other cases is the noise-damped covers for the side and top fan mounts to reduce audible noise from unused fan slots. If you do use these slots you will have silicone mount points and a magnetic external dust filter. This is a well equipped case at $159.
Then bring up the rear so to speak is Corsairs budget case. The Carbide 300R is the case built solely with Corsair’s PC case philosophy. Room for a full sized GPU, tool-less optical and HDD drive bays, cable management, and room for up to five 120 mm fans, there is lot to be desired. At $89, I expect this case make a lot of other cases in the same price range obsolete.
Both of these cases are expected to arrive on the market in February. They will both have a two year warranty. Corsair never seems to disappoint me when it comes to making the simple seem so elegant.