Sunday, March 11th 2018

Corsair Obsidian 1000D Leaked to Amazon

It's been a while since Corsair pushed the upper end of its Obsidian series high-end PC cases. The Obsidian 900D has held the fort since 2013, but could be getting dated in the wake of newer standards such as tempered glass, RGB lighting, newer connectors, etc. Corsair is careful not to just make a mash of glass and RGB lighting; when designing its upcoming flagship case, the Obsidian 1000D super-tower (model: CC-9011115-WW), which leaked to the web thanks to an eager Amazon listing, in which it's priced at USD $500. The Obsidian 1000D retains the "for grownups only" styling of the series, with a beautiful combination of curved tempered glass, matte black aluminium, and subtlety in the amount of RGB LED lighting elements on use. The feature-set of this full-tower will blow any high-end case out of the water.

The front, sides, and top panels are made of curved tempered glass with aluminium inserts, and enough discrete air inlets for the countless fan mounts inside. The front-panel features four USB 3.1 type-A, and two type-C ports; in addition to audio jacks. Connectors are framed by RGB lighting diffusers. The case is highly modular, and you can either choose between storage-heavy configurations, or cooling-heavy configuration that frees up room for multiple liquid cooling loops. The rear I/O can be configured to be perpendicular to the plane of the motherboard with 8+2 slots, or parallel to its plane, with 5+2 slots. You can install E-ATX and everything smaller, but longer 10-slot form-factors such as HPTX and XL-ATX are a notable exclusion.
This case is so large, that it can mount up to eight 120 mm fans along the front panel (four on each side of an inner grill), three 140 mm top exhausts, and two 120 mm rear exhausts. Its radiator support will hence be 480 mm x 120 mm front, 420 mm x 140 mm top, and 240 mm x 120 mm rear. Drive mounts include six 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch. A Corsair Commander Pro fan- and lighting-controller comes integrated.
Source: clar1ty1488 (Reddit)
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33 Comments on Corsair Obsidian 1000D Leaked to Amazon

#1
looniam
can't wait to see some builds in that.

maybe have turned the PSU bracket 90° so it can fit 2? one just for the water loops!
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#2
CheapMeat
You can see the difference between most Lian Li and cases like this at these kind of price points. Seems like Corsair and others use practically the same stamped steel technique, especially noticable for the rear. It takes a bit away from the "quality" aspect for the price and doesn't look as clean/sleek and strong. I have a feeling super cases like this have become even more of a niche than when say the 900D came out. But, it'll be cool to see custom loops in it.
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#3
TheLostSwede
CheapMeat said:
You can see the difference between most Lian Li and cases like this at these kind of price points. Seems like Corsair and others use practically the same stamped steel technique, especially noticable for the rear. It takes a bit away from the "quality" aspect for the price and doesn't look as clean/sleek and strong. I have a feeling super cases like this have become even more of a niche than when say the 900D came out. But, it'll be cool to see custom loops in it.
I take it you're aware that Lian-Li is/was going after anyone trying to make aluminium cases, as they think they have the sole right in the entire world to make aluminium cases. In fact, they've put a lot of smaller case makers out of business due to their dodgy business practises. So saying their products are more premium, well, it's because they won't let anyone compete with them...

As for this monstrosity, am I the only one that thinks it looks like you can fit an ATX and a mini-ITX board into it at the same time?
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#4
Kyle Daantos
TheLostSwede said:
I take it you're aware that Lian-Li is going after anyone trying to make aluminium cases, as they think they have the sole right in the entire world to make aluminium cases. In fact, they've put a lot of smaller case makers out of business due to their dodgy business practises. So saying their products are more premium, well, it's because they won't let anyone compete with them...

As for this monstrosity, am I the only one that thinks it looks like you can fit an ATX and a mini-ITX board into it at the same time?
I'm curious about that as well. There seems to be a power and reset switch on the back with ITX labled on it.
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#5
Jez :)
looniam said:
can't wait to see some builds in that.

maybe have turned the PSU bracket 90° so it can fit 2? one just for the water loops!
Linus.
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#6
TheLostSwede
Kyle Daantos said:
I'm curious about that as well. There seems to be a power and reset switch on the back with ITX labled on it.
Well, as it's still listed on Amazon Canada...
It's indeed a dual system according to their listing.



Edit: Found a couple of picture of the internals as well, which shows all the drive mounts etc.

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#7
btarunr
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Added, thanks.
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#8
looniam
Jez :) said:
Linus.
linus who?

or is this not knock knock?
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#10
tolzkutz
So, you can finally do a one loop dual system setup. Why would anyone need such a thing is beyond me, though.
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#11
CronXPX
2x480 rads on the front? Oh my... :O
I think my EK-CoolStream XE 480 and Hwlabs SR2 480 just found their new home ^_^
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#12
CheapMeat
TheLostSwede said:
In fact, they've put a lot of smaller case makers out of business due to their dodgy business practises. So saying their products are more premium, well, it's because they won't let anyone compete with them...
What, really? Never heard of this; didn't know. The only other brands I can think of that do similar quality is Jonsbo & In Win. I'm starting to see random Chinese brands doing fairly nice cases on Alibaba & Aliexpress. Not sure if Aluminum though. Still though, at $300+ cases, why aren't they doing better "body" frames on some of these cases? The nice & unique part is the facade, while the cores seem fairly standard and stamped, in general. I get that most people care zero about the rear of the case but I mean, at that price, and the expected "craftmanship", it seem kind of cheap.
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#13
dj-electric
Too big. Its a thing in 2018 i believe.
Back in 2009 i would love to have this kind of thing
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#15
Chaitanya
Not the first time Amazon(or some retailer for that matter) became too eagre with unannounced products.
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#16
EarthDog
looniam said:
can't wait to see some builds in that.

maybe have turned the PSU bracket 90° so it can fit 2? one just for the water loops!
For the water loops, lol...
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#17
TheLostSwede
CheapMeat said:
What, really? Never heard of this; didn't know. The only other brands I can think of that do similar quality is Jonsbo & In Win. I'm starting to see random Chinese brands doing fairly nice cases on Alibaba & Aliexpress. Not sure if Aluminum though. Still though, at $300+ cases, why aren't they doing better "body" frames on some of these cases? The nice & unique part is the facade, while the cores seem fairly standard and stamped, in general. I get that most people care zero about the rear of the case but I mean, at that price, and the expected "craftmanship", it seem kind of cheap.
I guess these are the things that never make into stories, as no-one likes to burn bridges with potential advertisers...
I've met case manufacturers who have told me that Lian-Li found out that they were working with certain aluminum suppliers/vendors and went and threatened the suppliers/vendors, as Lian-Li claimed they had exclusive rights to make aluminium cases and they'd take both the suppliers/vendors and the case makers to court over it. In Asia, no-one likes to be taken to court, unlike the US...
It's obviously still possible to make aluminium cases outside of Taiwan, but for whatever reason this doesn't seem to be done.

As for why the case frame is done in stamped metal, well, it's fast and it's cheap. If you're going to produce 10k cases, you either need a highly specialised factory like Lian-Li where you have all the machinery in-house and have trained staff that knows what they're doing, or you end up outsourcing it, which is what most case makers do. This is also why you'll find the same internal case design reoccurring with different fronts, as even making the tooling for the stamping of the metal for a case doesn't come cheap. This is where Lian-Li has a huge competitive advantage when it comes to making new models, as they have a limited amount of fixed tooling.

Then again, Lian-Li could with some better engineers. Example. At one point they had locking clasps on their high-end cases, but they could only make a set of seven, as the mechanism was designed by a Japanese partner of Lian-Li's and for whatever reason they couldn't work out how to make it bigger or smaller to fit cases with four, five or eight expansion slots...

I guess this is a bit off topic, but it's a fiercely competitive, nasty industry that most people never hear about.
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#18
Valantar
I ought to buy this and just put my entire H200i build inside it. Can't imagine it wouldn't fit.
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#19
VSG
Editor, Reviews & News
TheLostSwede said:
I guess these are the things that never make into stories, as no-one likes to burn bridges with potential advertisers...
I've met case manufacturers who have told me that Lian-Li found out that they were working with certain aluminum suppliers/vendors and went and threatened the suppliers/vendors, as Lian-Li claimed they had exclusive rights to make aluminium cases and they'd take both the suppliers/vendors and the case makers to court over it. In Asia, no-one likes to be taken to court, unlike the US...
It's obviously still possible to make aluminium cases outside of Taiwan, but for whatever reason this doesn't seem to be done.

As for why the case frame is done in stamped metal, well, it's fast and it's cheap. If you're going to produce 10k cases, you either need a highly specialised factory like Lian-Li where you have all the machinery in-house and have trained staff that knows what they're doing, or you end up outsourcing it, which is what most case makers do. This is also why you'll find the same internal case design reoccurring with different fronts, as even making the tooling for the stamping of the metal for a case doesn't come cheap. This is where Lian-Li has a huge competitive advantage when it comes to making new models, as they have a limited amount of fixed tooling.

Then again, Lian-Li could with some better engineers. Example. At one point they had locking clasps on their high-end cases, but they could only make a set of seven, as the mechanism was designed by a Japanese partner of Lian-Li's and for whatever reason they couldn't work out how to make it bigger or smaller to fit cases with four, five or eight expansion slots...

I guess this is a bit off topic, but it's a fiercely competitive, nasty industry that most people never hear about.
Would you be able to get names for following up on this? This is a strong accusation but one worth checking out.
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#20
TheLostSwede
VSG said:
Would you be able to get names for following up on this? This is a strong accusation but one worth checking out.
This was many years ago and the companies have long since gone out of business. I'm sure the people in question are still floating around somewhere, but how much of this can ever be confirm, or there being anyone willing to confirm is an entirely different matter. These are also the kind of things people tell you once you get to know them and there are many similar stories in the tech industry and I would guess in other fields too. It's not always possible to compete, as the competition has an unfair advantage...
I'm just surprised that no-one has ever wondered why there are so few case makers that produce aluminium cases, but then again, people don't tend to question things too much...
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#21
Slizzo
tolzkutz said:
So, you can finally do a one loop dual system setup. Why would anyone need such a thing is beyond me, though.
If you're a streamer, it'd be great to have your streaming PC and your gaming PC in one case. Save on space.
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#22
VSG
Editor, Reviews & News
TheLostSwede said:
This was many years ago and the companies have long since gone out of business. I'm sure the people in question are still floating around somewhere, but how much of this can ever be confirm, or there being anyone willing to confirm is an entirely different matter. These are also the kind of things people tell you once you get to know them and there are many similar stories in the tech industry and I would guess in other fields too. It's not always possible to compete, as the competition has an unfair advantage...
I'm just surprised that no-one has ever wondered why there are so few case makers that produce aluminium cases, but then again, people don't tend to question things too much...
I can't do much about the former then, but if you ever see something like this that others don't seem to follow up on then feel free to PM me. As for the latter, it's simple- steel is easier and a lot less expensive to deal with. The vast majority of customers can't afford to spend the local currency equivalent of even $50 for a case.
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#23
erixx
Thanks, all of you that provide insider stories! :toast:
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#24
LogitechFan
In the age when all you need is one GPU and when SLI/CF is no longer a thing, this monstrocety is looking even more reduclouse and ugly than most of the garbage the Shitsair is spitting out recently (or shall I say rebranding and shitting out?)
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#25
WithoutWeakness
Looks largely unchanged since Corsair showed it off almost a year ago at Computex 2017:
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