In and Around the Corsair Obsidian D. I’ll cut right to the chase, this thing is enormous. It was shipped to me freight, on its own pallet of one. Before we get too much further into this review, I want to be absolutely clear about how the Obsidian D is being evaluated, because it’s a. Now, the company is one-upping itself with the Obsidian D. For instance, there weren’t any instructions on how to remove the top cover.
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I’m still testing the company’s latest effort in two completely different use cases. Get to the back of the D and you’ll see it’s almost all ventilation, but the patterns are tasteful and stylish, and it’s obvious there’s a lot of room behind the motherboard tray for routing cables. Understandably, Corsair is concerned that external stresses could lead to minor deformations of the oversize chassis. And who know, maybe someone in German customs is to blame. The Latest On Tom’s Hardware.
LAN parties here I come. This corrects for the extra clearance that side-oriented SATA ports require, something few case manufacturers actually account for.
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Unfortunately it’s much harder to cofsair how good an enclosure will be at its job when that job will vary from person to person in much more significant ways than just choosing which air cooler and graphics cards to use. These hinged panels are easy to remove, secure when in place, and a godsend for builders. I don’t blame Corsair for the bumps our Obsidian took on the way to our German office.
Even as UEFI-equipped boards become more common, a majority still sport a speaker header for error diagnosis.
Why wouldn’t it be? The sides of the D are a dual door affair.
For instance, there weren’t any instructions on how to remove the top cover. Scythe Kaze Master Pro. Corsar up now Username Password Remember Me. When you see the way Corsair designed it, you’ll be able to tell like I did that it’s destined for much more than a garden variety build. It’s sturdy and fairly thoughtfully designed for its intended purpose, though not totally flawless. Finally, behind the motherboard tray, Corsair actually includes latches for cable routing. Corsair already offers a heavy tower case called the Obsidian D.
The company claims that retail versions of the Obsidian will benefit from a change in packaging that should prevent similar issues. You only live once. The shields for the four 5. And it’s absolutely huge. Again, though, Corsair promised us that retail boxes will include more comprehensive instructions.
Truly, this case presents a physical challenge for everyone, including the delivery guy who I’m pretty sure hates me at this 900r.
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Corsair only includes three cages with three trays apiece, but you can order two more directly from them to fill the whole thing out. The white specks you see in the pictures don’t come from paint imperfections, but rather a white powder that clings to the paint. Because the Obsidian D is more massive than a modern race car’s chassis, man-handling this enclosure as I installed and removed high-end hardware scored me some serious cardio.
Unfortunately in the front of the case, there’s a slight spacing between the topmost mm fan and the two bottom ones, so that essentially means you can only install a single mm radiator; there does appear to be space to install a single mm radiator and fan instead if you’re so inclined.
Ordinarily I’m on the fence about windows, but with something like the D I think it would be ridiculous not to have one. The clearance is there, and though it would intrude on the radiator space somewhat, it would also free up radiator space in the bottom.
Interestingly, there’s virtually nothing on the bottom of the D.
The hardware box is found inside of the lowest hot-swap bay, and above pictured is what it contained. Corsair Obsidian D Specifications. Below all of those is a single panel that pops out to reveal the front fan mounts along with their removable filter.
You get a large bag of short fan screws, a bag of much longer fan screws, and I am not too sure what the two long screws and plastic spacers are for. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon’s website. The first challenges the D in its stock configuration with two of the warmest Opteron processors I could find and two hot-running FirePro W graphics cards. What that also means is that while I have to put it through our conventional testing, that conventional testing is going to be primarily academic.
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The top of the D is much simpler: Also, don’t search the accessory box for an ATX12V extension cable; it is already mounted at the rear of the motherboard plate. Corsair Obsidian D Case Review: Log in Don’t have an account? An enclosure built from the ground up for custom liquid cooling loops is actually a fairly rarefied thing.
Installing The Power Supply Page 8: Shipping Box and Unpacking Truly, this case presents a physical challenge for everyone, including the delivery guy who I’m pretty sure hates me at this point.
Corsair Obsidian D Case Review: Think Big, That’s Only HALF as Large
Corsair keeps the other bulk of radiator potential in the bottom of the enclosure, where you can theoretically install a mm radiator on one side and a mm radiator on the other, with mm of radiator clearance to the PSU. Note that near the top are two wedges on either side; these are buttons that release the latches holding the side panels on, similar to the Obsidian D. What you’re going to want to pay attention to are the feature set, ease of assembly, and overall design, and how they’re going to suit your purposes.