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Corsair Obsidian 800D Full ATX Chassis Review

Author: Ken Addison
Manufacturer: Corsair Components
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Along the top of the case is a quick access panel to the reset button and USB/Firewire/audio connections.



The buttons here at the top of the case pop open the side panels for quick and tool-less entry.


There is a TON of room inside this case...


The gaskets along the back panel allow for stupid-easy cable management for a clean installation.



Besides
the 4 hot-swappable SATA bays accessible on the front of the case, the
800D offers a few more 3.5-in spots behind the power supply section on
the bottom.

The 800D has tool-less installation on the 5.25-in bays.

This
fan here helps to draw cold air into the main cooling zone of the case
and there are also some water cooling grommets to allow for additional
configuration flexibility.

A filter on the bottom air intake attempts to keep the inside of your system clean.

This is what the SATA bay looks like when completely covered - very clean.

The hot-swap SATA bay is a great feature to have and the trays support both 3.5-in standard hard drives and 2.5-in SSDs!

The
back of the case is where all the cabling will be routed and you even
have access to the back of the motherboard via this included panel
door.  Note that the final production version of the door is much
larger - see the video review for a glimpse of that.


So
you can get a sense of scale, here is a full size ATX motherboard
installed with a Radeon HD 4890 - this case gives us a TON of room to
work with, both below and above the components. 


Here you can see an example of the cable routing system going from the SATA bay to the motherboard.


Our last shot shows the area at the top of the case that could be used for fans or a triple radiator setup.

Final Thoughts

The
Corsair Obsidian 800D case isn't perfect, and there are surely going to
be users that simply don't want a system this big, but for me Corsair's
new offering is among the best cases I have ever used.  Corsair seems
to have thought of MOST issues that enthusiasts have with cases and
corrected them; from the cable management to the SATA bay to cooling
zones and more.  The one drawback on the Obsidian 800D is probably its
price - at $279 most users are going to find their wallets pointing
towards cheaper options. 

If you have the space and the budget, the Corsair Obsidian 800D is likely the best all-around chassis on the market. 


 

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