|by MAC | January 11, 2018|
CORSAIR Shows Off New Carbide & Obsidian Series Cases
Corsair have further hopped onto the popular tempered glass trend by unveiling two new mid-tower cases that feature a mix of both tempered glass side and front panels. The new Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA model adds a little premium flair to the existing lineup of asymmetrical SPEC cases, while the Obsidian Series 500D is a brand new model that will be available in both a plain and RGB pimped out version.
The Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA might look very familiar, and it should since it is clearly an refresh of the unique SPEC-ALPHA case that was unveiled a CES 2016. This new model carries forward the angular, futuristic looking design but replaces the semi-mesh front with a glass insert, and the large plastic side window with a full tempered glass side panel. Once again, there is no lower shroud, so the power supply and storage drive cage are fully exposed for better airflow.
When it comes to lighting, the SPEC-OMEGA has an integrated front-panel LED light strip and one front-mounted 120mm LED fan. The internal configuration also allows for a 360mm radiator to be mounted up front and there's room for a 240mm radiator up top. As you would expect from any modern gaming case, it features two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel along with separate headphone and microphone ports.
Much like its predecessor, this newer model is offered in three different colour schemes of black/white, red/black, and black with a red strip. The new CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-OMEGA range is available immediately at Corsair.com for $99.99.
Next up we have the Obsidian 500D, which is a brand new model that will be available in two wildly different aesthetics. The 500D SE is the more premium version with a curved glass front panel, and two hinged side panels made entirely of tempered glass. This version is also filled with Corsair's latest LED fans, three RGB up front and one non-RGB in the rear. The Commander PRO all-in-one fan/light/temperature management controller is included, which is pretty sweet since it retails for $70. Don't think you're getting it for free though, since the 500D SE will retail for a lofty $249.99 USD.
The more conservative 500D version features a brushed aluminium front fascia, keeps the two hinged glass side panels, and its included fans are non-RGB. Those are worthwhile sacrifices when you consider it retails for a full one hundred dollars less, so $149.99USD.
Both versions are otherwise identical, with room for a 360mm radiator up front, a 280mm radiator up top, plenty of mounting spots for a reservoir and pump, space for two vertical PCI-E slots (ribbon cables not included), and a full power supply shroud. Behind the motherboard tray are three 2.5-inch SSD caddies and there are dual 3.5-inch HDD caddies closer to the front of the case. The front I/O features a USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, and both headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks
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