Legit Case Reviews
Corsair Obsidian Series 700D Full Tower PC Case Review
|Date:||Fri, May 07, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Inside the Corsair 700D
With the side panel off the 700D we can start to get a feel for the space available inside. There is enough room in the 700D for quad SLI and a full water cooling loop with a triple radiator. The motherboard tray has a massive cutout for the CPU area; this area has a cover to allow access yet keep the thermal zones separate. The tray also has many wire routing holes with grommets to help achieve a clean look.
There are five 5.25” bays and they are all tool-less. You have the option to use screws to secure devices on the other side of the drive cage.
Just below the 5.25” bays is the main hard drive cage. This cage has 4 drive caddies that support both 3.5” and 2.5” drives. The caddies are tool-less for 3.5” drives, the 2.5” drives has to be attached with screws.
The trays have pins that fit into the 3.5” hard drive mounting holes; there is also a foam rubber pad for vibration and noise reduction.
Just below the main drive cage is a 140mm fan. The fan pulls air down across the upper hard drives onto the lower cage and then out of the case.
And at the very bottom is the secondary drive cage. This cage has room for two more hard drives. To help cool these drives Corsair provides mounting points for an optional 120mm fan to attach to the cage itself. Corsair also provides long screws and a rubber isolator for the fan. The screws are long enough that you can bolt through the fan into the drive cage. This will make it easy to remove the fan if you need to gain access to the drives.
Just in behind the lower drive cages is the PSU area. There are more wire routing holes with grommets; we can also see a second 140mm fan that pulls air down out of the main chamber and towards the lower vent. There is plenty of space between the lower drive cage and the PSU for things like a water pump for a cooling loop.
Looking at the back of the case we can see the expansion slots and the rear 140mm exhaust fan.
Moving around to the right side of the case we can get a good look at the space available for routing and hiding wires.
Opening the we can really see just how big the CPU cutout is. Should not be any issues in gaining access to the backing plate of any of today’s popular sockets.
The front panel wiring comes tied and tucked up in the corner of the case.
Corsair made sure that the end user had more than enough to route the wiring however they choose. There should not be any issues reaching a motherboard connection regardless of the board you are using.
Behind the front panel there isn’t much to see.
Next Page - Installing Parts Into the Corsair 700D
Page 1 - Corsair Obsidian Series 700D Full Tower
Page 2 - The Packing
Page 3 - External Impressions
Page 4 - Inside the Corsair 700D
Page 5 - Installing Parts Into the Corsair 700D
Page 6 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions