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Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Accessibility, with latching side panels; front panel USB ports; ease of installation of parts and connectors. SATA dock on top of the case, for temporarily connecting a bare HDD or SSD outside the case. Handsome.

Cons: Mid-tower turns out to be a wee short for my ASUS X99-Deluxe motherboard. Was unable to use brackets 1 & 8 of the case, so for that MoBo there are only 6 slots available. The double cable for front USB 3.0 connectors makes for a lot of thick cable. Fortunately, the availability of adapters, making it possible to connect the USB 3.0 front ports to the header on the MoBo, takes care of some complaints on that front. But that still leaves the problem of too much cable, and thick cable at that. Fortunately, the cable management of the case made it possible to solve that problem also.

Other Thoughts: I've just seen that this case is being discontinued. I hope they come out with another one just like it, with minor improvements. Best case I've ever seen.

Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great fans; ultra-quiet 04/26/2015

This review is from: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Case Fan

Pros: Quiet operation; included y-connector so 2 fans can share one header; included voltage reduction extender for reducing speed, and included extension cable. Silicon mounting hardware (used instead of screws); is a real plus.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I used a 120 to replace my stock Corsair case fan, and used two 140s to replace the stock Corsair 200mm top-of-case fan, for connecting to the Corsair H110 CPU cooler. All the Noctuas perform flawlessly so far. I wish they would come out with the 200mm, so I could replace the other 200mm on the case with one of the same size.

ASUS X99-DELUXE/U3.1 LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Ease of installation; # of headers and connectors; performance.

Cons: Wish it had a firewire header; PCIe slots 2-7 are the only ones available in a Corsair Obsidian 650D mid-tower case. Memory fans block bracket 1; bracket 8 too close to PSU to use the extra SPDIF bracket there. Had to use bracket 7, which blocks PCIe slot x16-6. UEFI BIOS does not automatically select UEFI for bootup devices in 64-bit systems. Had to go through a messed-up Windows installation because of this.

Other Thoughts: This is a phenomenal motherboard. I recommend it highly. The intel X99 chip blazes. The slot lineup issues are specific to the case, and shouldn't be a problem in a full tower. Just an FYI note. I do wish there was still a Firewire header on the board. Firewire is still used for many audio interfaces, and they are not changing that anytime soon. I had to buy an add-on FW card.


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Display Name: Richard B.

Date Joined: 08/13/09

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  • First Review: 05/09/11
  • Last Review: 05/09/11
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