Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Chassis ReviewTue, Aug 11, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at the case before and after our system installation.
The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis is a massive full sized ATX tower, so we loaded it up with three GeForce GTX 280 video cards running in SLI, six 2GB 2000MHz Kingston HyperX DDR3 memory modules for a total of 12GB of system memory, and the AMA dual 120mm water cooling setup for Intel LGA1366 processors.
Even with all that hardware installed and running in the test system the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D still seemed spacious with plenty of room to expand. Fairly impressive for any case let alone a company’s very first attempt at a chassis!
When it comes to pricing, the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis has an MSRP of $299.99, which is more than what the average consumer spends on a computer case. This is clearly an enthusiast case and the price tag reflects that. At this price point, though, it has to compete with the LIAN LI PC-V2010B Aluminum ATX chassis and the SILVERSTONE TJ10-B Black Aluminum ATX chassis as both retail for $299.99 as well and are made from Aluminum. The $299.99 price point pits the Obsidian 800D up against many other great looking cases, but remember that is the MSRP. Corsair informed us that they expect the street price on the Obsidian 800D to be down around $279.99 when it first launches.
Speaking of launches, our readers should be happy to know that the Corsair Obsidian 800D is due out in September. It was delayed due to a number of design changes that will certainly make it better. Some of the changes that will make a large difference is the larger cut-out for the motherboard tray, an improved mounting system for the case feet, and better pins for the front I/O panel. With those changes the Obsidian 800D will be a very impressive case that is easy to build and looks great. The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis is backed by a two-year limited warranty that comes complete with customer support via telephone, email, and their forum.
The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis is an example of what happens when you think outside the box and design something from the ground up. Several of the design features are unique to this chassis and make it stand out from the crowd. It has clearly done well enough to earn our Innovation Award and we can’t wait to see what Corsair is planning for their next case design.
Legit Bottom Line: The Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis might be Corsair’s very first attempt at building a case, but you sure couldn’t tell that by looking at the Obsidian 800D!