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 denying that Corsair has come up with a winning formula with the 550D although I think someone forgot to carry the 1 when doing the math regarding ventilation around the front door.
Enthusiasts should be happy throwing down ~$140, but for the average user looking for a quiet case without all of the cooling flexibility, it could be a bit much. The NZXT H2 sells for around $100, performed a little bit better in our tests, but can’t support aggressive cooling solutions – so it’s a trade off. Personally, there’s no contest based on my own needs, which includes support for a 240mm radiator. This offsets the cost for me.
From features to performance to noise to price, the 550D has it all and is certainly worthy of the Obsidian name along with an Editor’s Choice award.
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