Specification and initial thoughts
|Model name||Corsair Obsidian Series 800D|
|Dimension(W x H x D)||229mm x 609mm x 609mm|
|5.25in drive bays||5|
|3.5in external drive bays||4 (hot-swappable, support 2.5in drives)|
|3.5in internal drive bays||2|
|Expansion slots||8 (7+1)|
|Material||Aluminium faceplate and steel (SECC) structure|
|Front I/O panel||Audio / 4 x USB 2.0 / 1x FireWire|
|Cooling fans||1 x
1 x 140mm (lower compartment)
1 x 140mm (exhaust)
4 x 120mm (optional, 1x fan-bay, 3x top)
|Mainboard support||mATX / ATX / eATX|
|Tool-less design||Yes, for the most part|
|Protection||Rubber-grommet for cable routing|
|Price||£210, including VAT and delivery|
The enthusiast community has been aroused ever since the Obsidian Series 800D made its first appearance back in March, and, on paper, there's every reason to be excited - this is a beast of a chassis. Let's flick through a potential ultra-high-end user's checklist:
- Taller than a small person? Check.
- Heavy enough not to be easily stolen? Check.
- More than enough optical drive bays? Check.
- Room for up to 12TB of storage? Check.
- Ample expansion slots in case you fancy some multi-GPU action? Check.
- Support for the Extended ATX motherboard you'll probably never use? Check.
- Support for up to seven large fans, measuring some 900mm in total? Check.
- Cable routing, dust filters and a user-friendly tool-less design? Check.
- Expensive enough to ensure your mates probably won't have one? Check.
Corsair, clearly, has gone the extra mile to ensure it has most bases covered. The specification and sheer size of Obsidian Series 800D is in line with the jaw-dropping price tag, but let's take a look at Corsair's implementation and find out if the chassis is all it's made out to be.