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Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full-Tower Computer Case

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Corsair Obsidian 800D Full Tower Desktop PC Case
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Feb 4 2011 - The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D is a full-tower desktop computer case with clean edges and hot-swappable drive bays. Although this case is relatively expensive, you definitely get your money's worth. The 800D offers phenomenal airflow with the ability to add up to four additional fans. It also features unique rubber routing holes for easy cable management. Overall, the Corsair Obsidian 800D is a top buy if you have the budget.

Pros

  • All Screws Match the Case For a Clean Finish
  • Very Spacious
  • Easy Cable Management
  • Excellent Airflow

Cons

  • No Wheels
  • Expensive

Description

  • Full-Tower Case
  • ATX, EATX, mATX Motherboard Support
  • Seven Expansion Slots
  • Five 5.25" Hard Drives, Four 3.5" SATA Hot Swappable Drives,3.5" Internal
  • Three 140mm Fans Included, Up to Four 120mm Fans (Not Included)
  • >Four USB 2.0, One IEEE1394, One Headphone, One MIC Port on Front I/O Panel
  • Supports ATX Power Supply (Not Included)
  • 24" (H) x 24" (L) x 9" (W)

Review - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full-ower Desktop Computer Case

Corsair Obsidian 800D Computer Case

Looking through the side window panel of the Corsair Obsidian 800D.

© Christine McKee

The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D is a full-tower case with a black, brushed aluminum finish. The clean lines and modern edges give this case a very professional and polished look. It's suited for a wide variety of uses from gaming systems to high performance servers. And although the price is high (street price is $278 and up), the Corsair 800D is one of the best cases I've ever worked with.

For starters, the build quality is top-notch. You won't find bright lights and gimmicky plastic panels. Instead, the Corsair 800D embodies regal class. After all, who said a gaming rig has to look a certain way? It also has a clear side panel window so you can see your system in action. If you don't like the clear window, the Corsair 700D is also an option.

What makes the Corsair Obsidian 800D such a great case is the spacious design. Yes, it is a full tower case which automatically adds space over mid-tower models. But after having used other full tower cases in the past, the Corsair 800D is exceptionally well thought out. The rear CPU backplate is removable for installing a heatsink. The inside of the case dwarfs a regular ATX motherboard with tons of room for airflow and cable management.

Speaking of cable management, this is one area where the 800D shines. The case has rubber routing holes for cables, creating a very clean environment for your components. Each section of the case (power supply compartment, main compartment, and SATA bays) has individual cooling. This gets a thumbs-up for gamers who need low temps for ultimate performance in game.

The Corsair 800D comes equipped with three fans consisting of a dust-filtered 140mm unit at the bottom of the case with an exhaust unit in the back. The SATA hot-swap bays have another 140mm fan, and there are holes drilled at the top for up to three additional 120mm fans with the option to add a fourth at the bottom of the 800D. Unfortunately, to take advantage of this extra cooling you'll have to purchase these fans separately.

For users with multiple hard drives, the Corsair Obsidian 800D is a pleasure to work in. With four SATA hot-swappable drive bays, it's easy to install and change out drives on the fly. If you have 5.25" drives, the tool-free design makes loading the parts a breeze. You'll also find four USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE1394 port, and the usual headphone and mic jacks on the front I/O panel.

In conclusion, if you have the budget and space the Corsair Obsidian 800D is a top buy. It's one of the easiest cases to work in with an elegant finish. Added features, such as hot swappable SATA drive bays and the ability to install up to four more fans, makes this case extremely user-friendly.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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