Corsair has been hard at work developing a new chassis from the ground up that was aimed at computer enthusiasts from the second they started drawing up plans for the perfect computer case. The first images of the much anticipated Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis appeared just before CeBit 2009 and the case was promised to be hitting store shelves in June or July of 2009. Things are taking a little longer than expected as a couple of design changes that they made after listening to consumer feedback from all the CeBit coverage forced Corsair to ‘re-tool’ the factory assembly line. The Obsidian Series 800D might be Corsair’s first step up to the plate for bringing a case to market, but they have taken great strides to make it a success.
|Dimension||24″ (H) x 24″ (L) x 9″ (W) – (609mm X 609mm X 229 mm)|
|Material||Aluminum Faceplate, Steel Structure|
|Drive Bays||(x5) 5.25″
(x4) 3.5″ SATA Hot Swappable
(x2) 3.5″ Internal
|Cooling||(x3) 140mm Fans
Up to 4x 120mm Fans (not included)
|Expansion Slots||7 (+1 vent)|
|Motherboard||ATX, mATX, EATX|
|Front I/O||(x4) USB 2.0
(x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC
|Power Supply||ATX (not included)|
As you can see from the specifications the Obsidian 800D is a very large case that has a shipping weight of 44 pounds and it stands proud at a full 24″ in height.
The Corsair Obsidian 800D might be a massive full ATX tower chassis, but it was designed to be a well functioning chassis. Corsair wanted the case to be that large so multi-GPU video card setups could be used as well as allowing custom water cooling kits to be installed. Corsair went into great depth to explain the cooling zones and directed airflow they used in this case, so rather than trying to explain it to you, here is what Corsair has to say about the cooling zones shown in the image above.
To make sure that the cooling zones work, the Corsair Obsidian 800D comes with the ability to have eight case fans installed! (The image above shows nine, but the power supply shouldn’t count.) The case comes with only three 140mm fans when purchased, though, and the rest are up to the consumer to purchase if they want to improve cooling or customize the chassis for their specific application. Now that we know how the airflow works in the Obsidian Series 800D chassis let’s take a closer look at the case itself.