Corsair Obsidian Series 700D Full Tower PC Case ReviewFri, May 07, 2010 - 12:00 AM
With the 700D safely out of the packing we can get a good look at it. Right off we can see the biggest differences the 700D has from the 800D. There is no hotswap bay door on the front panel and the side panel has no window. The upside is that if you want a side window you can get one. The 800D and 700D are the same dimensionally. So the windowed panel from the 800D will fit the 700D and vice versa; both are available from Corsair.
Looking closer at the top we can see the power button and the front I/O ports. The cover for the I/O ports is spring loaded; simply press on the upper right corner and it opens right up.
Looking at the right panel we can see there is nothing too special on this side.
On the top there are spaces for three 120mm fans or radiator.
Now let’s take a look at the back; there are a few things to look at here so we will start at the top and work our way down.
At the very top center is a vent; just to the left and right are the side panel release buttons. Just below the top vent are a pair of water cooling pass through grommets.
Sliding down the case a little we can see the rear 140mm exhaust fan and 7 expansion slots. Just below the 7th slot is where some would like an 8th slot, but Corsair has made it a vent. This will allow for use of the bottom PCIe slot for SLI and Crossfire setups. On the left of the image there is a vent that runs the full height of the case. This vent is behind the motherboard tray and is where the hard drive bays’ heat leaves the case.
At the bottom we have the PSU mounting area.
Now for the bottom of the case, the 700D has the same feet and lower vent design as the 800D.
There are three cross bars with rubber pad inserts on the outer corners.
The lower vent screen is removable for cleaning and can be done without tipping the case over on its side. It slides out the back, so you will need to have a fair amount of space to pull it out.