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Review: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders

by Parm Mann on 19 August 2009, 11:45 4.05

Tags: Obsidian Series 800D, Corsair

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Specification and initial thoughts

Model name Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
Case type Full-tower
Dimension(W x H x D) 229mm x 609mm x 609mm
Weight 15.8kg
Available colours Black
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)
Side panel Windowed
Material Aluminium faceplate and steel (SECC) structure
Front I/O panel Audio / 4 x USB 2.0 / 1x FireWire
Cooling fans 1 x 140mm (drive-bay)
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
Maintenance Dust filters
LED None
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.