Thursday, February 18th 2010

Corsair Obsidian 700D Case Detailed

Quality-enthusiast Corsair is ready with its second PC case, the Obsidian 700D. The new 700D is positioned slightly lower than the 800D which the company debuted last year. Information on the 700D surfaced from a leaked company brochure. It shows the case to be an ATX full-tower, with black overall. There is no side-panel window like on the 800D, but is said to inherit most of the interior features of the 800D. There are six internal drive bays for HDDs or SSDs, five exposed 5.25″ and one exposed 3.5″ bay. Interiors are said to retain cable-management holes, three-zone cooling, and pre-drilled vents for a triple-120mm fan radiator.

The case measures 24″ (H) x 24″ (L) x 9″ (W) / 609 mm x 609 mm x 229 mm, weighs 34.8 lbs / 15.8 kg, and makes use of steel for the internal frame, and aluminum for its panels. There’s room for three 140 mm and up to four 120 mm fans. There are eight expansion slots, so it makes room for a double-slot video card seated on the bottom-most slot of the motherboard. There’s room for ITX, m-ATX, ATX, and EATX motherboard types, the motherboard tray has a cutout at the CPU socket area for easy handling of certain types of coolers. The front-panel has four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, and the FP audio connectors. Corsair ships this case with a two-year warranty. Its price and availability remain yet to be known.
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21 Comments on Corsair Obsidian 700D Case Detailed

#2
to6ko91
by: -1nf1n1ty-
OOO I want one of these!
me too:toast:
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#3
douglatins
As i've stated on the vanishing article, this appeals to me much more than the 800D and i dont think i will be smaller, since many parts can be taken from the 800D.
But i didnt like the hotswap, but i guess they could have place more than 4 drives in the remaining area
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#4
mlee49
How much is this different? No Side window and check the actual size measurements:

800d: 24" (H) x 24" (L) x 9" (W) - (609mm X 609mm X 229 mm), weighs 44 pounds
700d: 24″ (H) x 24″ (L) x 9″ (W) / 609 mm x 609 mm x 229 mm, weighs 34.8 lbs / 15.8 kg,

Oh and possibly no hdd covers, nor hot-swapable bay for the hdd's.

I dont see much reduction to warrant a sub $200 price tag. We'll see when it gets listed. My guess $220 + $24 shipping(ground). Compared to the 800d at $280+shipping at the moment.
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#5
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
Looks to me that they just spun the drives and took away some covers and redirected the HDD airflow.

Not trying to single you out doug, but the first time I had to boot another drive in my 800D I was very pleased with the almost instant ability to do so. It is rare that I use it, but what a releif it is versus opening it up and digging for a power lead and all the BS that follows. I just slid it in and got the windows recognition;)

I think this case is nice, dont get me wrong, but its less involved. I really hope its priced right.
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#6
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Im still seeing the 800D for around 300 bucks without shipping. 220 though for this would be very workable. I like the 800D but cannot justify buying it to replace my excellent HAF 932.
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#7
kora04
And it still looks as boring and dull as the old one....
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#8
Duffman
Looks good. How good depends on the price point. If it comes in around $200, it' would be a pretty good buy.

I too love the hot swap bays. The only thing I don't really like about the 800d is the fact that you have to remove the front panel to access the 5.25 bays and bottom HD bays. I'm guessing, this will still be true for the 5.25 bays on the 700d.
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#9
blkhogan
44 lbs? Holy crap that is a heavy case. Might have to get one just to see it with my own eyes. Nice looking case.
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#10
pjladyfox
by: mlee49
How much is this different? No Side window and check the actual size measurements:

800d: 24" (H) x 24" (L) x 9" (W) - (609mm X 609mm X 229 mm), weighs 44 pounds
700d: 24″ (H) x 24″ (L) x 9″ (W) / 609 mm x 609 mm x 229 mm, weighs 34.8 lbs / 15.8 kg,

Oh and possibly no hdd covers, nor hot-swapable bay for the hdd's.

I dont see much reduction to warrant a sub $200 price tag. We'll see when it gets listed. My guess $220 + $24 shipping(ground). Compared to the 800d at $280+shipping at the moment.
Those were my same feelings as well after getting excited about a smaller version of the 800D and then finding out it's the same size just lacking features. This would be like dating twins, sleeping with one and enjoying the time, and on the next date getting stuck with his less endowed twin. :banghead:

Come on Corsair, I KNOW you can make a worthy competitor to the Antec 300 case. Just take the nifty cable management stuff, give it a nice side window and none of that panel fan or grill BS, trim the size down to mid-tower levels, make sure it will fit a HD 5970, leave out the hot-swap BS, and give it twin 140/120 fan mounts in the front, a 200mm top fan, and a 120mm rear fan.

I'd swap to that in a heartbeat if they released a case like that. :rockout:
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#11
Duffman
I am still trying to figure out where the 10lbs went. The hot swap bays can't weigh that much...
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#12
3volvedcombat
by: Duffman
I am still trying to figure out where the 10lbs went. The hot swap bays can't weigh that much...
I think this case is going to be at 200-150 USD, maybe for thiner Materials, and some features removed, and no side panel. I have a feeling corsair Overcharged with there 800d and it still sold. I mean for what it has in it, its kinda breaking it at 300 dollars a pop. The 800d was there first cast and that was a test in there opinion, now they can start releasing cases and lower the prices a bit and make them flare and selling. Just my opinion though. My 902 might be getting sold if this thing is even at 200 dollars haahahaha :D
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#13
TheLaughingMan
$150, I will upgrade my case. $200+, I can't wait a little longer. I still love my case, but I need to correct some design deficiencies.
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#14
Scrizz
if it's ~$200 this case is going to join my Cosmos :D
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#15
ERazer
bah :shadedshu and i just bought haf 932
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#17
Wile E
Power User
I actually like this one better than the 800. Although, the 800 with a no window option would also be killer. I really hate side windows.
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#18
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Wile E
I actually like this one better than the 800. Although, the 800 with a no window option would also be killer. I really hate side windows.
same. side windows just look terrible IMO.
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#19
Duffman
I never see my side window. Why I chose not to get it with the TJ09. To me it doesn't matter either way.
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#20
AddSub
Not bad, not bad at all. It will probably be overpriced in standard Corsair fashion but at least it has side-to-side 3.5-inch bays for hard-drives which seems to be a rarity nowadays.

The all black scheme and the fact it uses tons of actual steel are all nice bonuses. Although, using steel for panels as well would have been great. I remember owning two identical Thermaltake Xaser cases with one important difference: one was all steel design weighing a ton, the other one was all aluminum. The aluminum version dented too easily and it vibrated like a dying engine on a aging B-29 once all the case fans were maxed out. The steel version had no vibration problems, it was nearly dent-proof, and the heavy steel panels muffled the fan noise almost completely.
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#21
TheLaughingMan
by: Easy Rhino
same. side windows just look terrible IMO.
You and Wlie E would hate my case. lol The entire left panel is a side window, but I like it.
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