The Obsidian 450D completes the lineup really, it is not a chassis that is groundbreaking in new features. Contrary, it is more of the same yet in a different form-factor. From A to Z though the Obsidian 450D is a chassis within a well thought through concept. It's nice in design (if this matches your style), feature rich, it has the space to work in, decent cooling so yeah overall a very good product. Overall the Obsidian Series 350D is a product that is teasing to the eyes, has some clever features.
The looks first; well that's always subjective as heck of course. Being a Guru3D reader you probably like if not love the design. I must admit that when you look at a photo of the chassis, you could end up frowning a little about its aesthetics but trust me when I say that once you see the 450D for real and not in a photo, then it all starts to make sense. That was similar to the small 350D actually, which has the same feel. The chassis has that nice matte black finish, black from the inside out. It's perfect for dark-colored high-end gear like motherboards and graphics cards and the side panel window will definitely show you all the goods you install in a very tasteful manner. Yeah, that's the word I was looking for tasteful. Tasteful, not screaming with logos and flickering LEDs. However taste is a difficult thing to objectively write about, we love it, you might hate it of course.
Features wise we do miss out some of the high-end stuff, we say it enough but a a small fan controller should be standard in a chassis these days, also some USB ports would have been nice I guess. The one grasp for some of you might be somewhat limited HDD space, only three 3.5" devices can be mounted. Well, get a bigger HDD I'd say. But these are minor complains really. Other then that we can only acknowledge that the product is very feature rich for a chassis in this segment of the market.
I think the that the 450D is a very decent product with proper looks and a nice feature-set, it really is a nice build quality as well. The removable HDD/SDD trays, the grommet holes with rubber inlays for managing your wiring, decent cable management options on the backside of the PC itself. Then there is the duo 5.25" drive bays, the 2.5/3.5" bay and 7 PCI expansion slots. Very cool I find to be the SSD brackets that can hold two of these bad boys, slide them in until you hear and feel a click, and your SSDs are locked and loaded to arm that PC of yours. For the liquid cooling afficonado's, you still can fit radiators in the chassis including an up-to 360 mm one.
Pricing then,the chassis just started listing here in the Netherlands, cheapest price I could find was 99 EURO which seems to be a fair price for what you are purchasing. In a few weeks you can easily shave off another 10% if you look around in (r)etail a little. This an appealing product to opt for or at the very least think about if are in the market for a small form factor PC that kicks ass. As such is comes recommended by Guru3D.com
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