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Old 12-11-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Case Review

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Title: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Case Review
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"Corsair has recently released their first case, a USD 300 beast that is targeted to be the most complete case in the market. Let's check it out.800D impresses by its size and weight. At 35 Lbs (15.8 k..."

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Old 12-15-2009, 01:12 AM   #2
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This case does seem overpriced...

However, there are a few details I'd like to comment, in order of appearance in the article:

The use of steel vs aluminium.
It could possibly have been manufactured and sold at virtually the same price if aluminium was chosen instead of steel. The main advantages of steel are better noise reduction and longevity of the threading for screws.

No top, but other, fans provided.
This is IMO a good thing. The vast majority of users spending this much on a case will have a defined and personal opinion on what fans are better used for their case. Any supplied fans will likely be replaced by something quieter or more powerful, so the three fans provided with the case perhaps shouldn't be there either.

The top mesh.
- Great to have room for a "triple" radiator, cooling fans or general ventilation.
- Bad to not have some dust protection over it to prevent dust from falling in when the fans are off.

Bottom panel.
Here's where (seemingly) all the air intakes are located!
- The slit opening under the front isn't filtered, so here dust will be sucked into the case.
- The bigger PSU used, the more of the air intake for the other parts will be obscured.

Mesh near the top of the rear panel.
This shouldn't be there! If any fans are mounted on the top the case will have negative pressure and warm air will be sucked in through this mesh without any contribution to cooling.
It would have been much better to have the option of using two 12cm fans on the rear.

Internal air flow.
Notice that the cooling solution is based on three compartments!
1) The PSU compartment, where all air going into the case is supposed to enter. The PSU fan will draw some of that air out the back.
2) The HDD/cable compartment, with one or two fans pulling air from the PSU compartment past the HDDs and via the cable routing area behind the motherboard out through the rear side mesh.
3) The main compartment. The big fan in the divider between the PSU compartment and this compartment will have to work hard to create the necessary positive pressure here, and is essentially responsible for the main air flow.

And again there's no notion about ground clearance or maximum expansion card length...

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #3
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Looks like a pretty solid case. Almost exactly how I would design a case. I am looking to get one as soon as I can get some money together. I think a 20-25cm side fan would give it an extra kick in the cooling department and support for an external 3.5 inch device would be nice. Many of us still use those internal card readers. Otherwise a really nice case.
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