Corsair Obsidian 800D


With the hype proceeding this cases release we couldn't fit any old system into it, so I opted for a high heat gaming system to not only test the cases size when installing but most importantly how it copes with the heat created.
Test set up

Intel Core2Duo Q6600
Intel stock HSF & Nexus HOC-9000
Asus Rampage Extreme
4GB Corsair XMS3 PC3-12800 Ram @ 9-9-9-24 1.9v
2x HIS 4870 1GB IceQ 4+
Corsair HX1000w
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB - OS
Samsung Spinpoint F1 - 1TB
Windows 7 RTM x64 Ultimate
The accessories pack that came with the case is brilliant, I like small details it shows thought went into something. It may only seem a small thing to some but all black screws and motherboard stand offs is a first with a retail case as far as I'm aware. Theres an all black SATA power cable for the hot swap bay that matches the Corsair PSU sexy black cable theme and 4 black SATA data cables also. A rubber fan gasket for the 120mm lower optional HDD fan, some cable ties and a 4/8pin power extension cable.
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Due to the size of the case installing the hardware was a breeze, everything went in very fast and cable tidying was made very easy by all the grommets in the motherboard tray. I used a push pin style CPU cooler but should you use one that has a back plate or need to fit a CPU block there is so much room behind you wont have any problems. One thing I wasn't sure about was the lack of zip tie tabs behind the motherboard tray. There is an awful lot of room for cables but no way of fixing them in place, this means that even with all this room when fitting my back panel it still had the 'cable bulge'. It could easily be fixed with some sticky zip tie fixing tabs, but where the case didn't come with any I didn't use any.
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There are rails in the lower section to help support the PSU, these are millimetre perfect both in width and height, very simple design but work very well, its a shame more cases don't have detail like this. As the case has 360mm radiator support, and a great deal of you will be looking at this case as a basis for a water cooled system I decided to fit one of the thickest radiators on the market just to show you the space available (this will not be used in testing) - a Black Ice Extreme. Even with the large heat sink fitted the case easily swallows the full sized radiator and fans, if running a smaller heat sink or a CPU water block you could also fit a second set of fans for a 'push pull' configuration and still have room above the motherboard.
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 So with a full sized gaming system fitted its now time to see if it performs as good as it looks.
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Most Recent Comments

18-09-2009, 14:05:02

I Hunta x
well ive got to say... that does look nice.... but why was the hdd loading from the front not a +? just have the cables ready and stick a new one in without having to fiddle with anything else.

the price is a huge let down tho imoQuote

18-09-2009, 14:10:47

Originally Posted by name='I Hunta x'
well ive got to say... that does look nice.... but why was the hdd loading from the front not a +? just have the cables ready and stick a new one in without having to fiddle with anything else.
I'd consider it both, it's faster, but for the lower ones you need to remove the front panel and stuff.

I am dissapointed in the temperatures though, I expected better.Quote

18-09-2009, 14:27:29

The hard drives get hot hunta, and tbh taking a side panel off is nothing for the few times they need to come out. Id prefer cooler drives tbh matey.

The price is what we expected aswell, its a top end case so £200 is the right money, it just needs a few refinements and its worth it tbh.Quote

18-09-2009, 14:48:00

This looks really similar to another case I saw.

Great review none the less.Quote

18-09-2009, 15:20:25

Great work on the review Tom, Great read, and Vid Quote

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