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Corsair Obsidian 800D Chassis  (Source: Corsair)
Corsair 800D is Corsair's first entry into the PC chassis market

Corsair is a big name in the computer enthusiast industry and offers a wide variety of products from cooling to SSDs, RAM and flash drives. The company is among the most popular around for RAM that is used in gaming PCs and other computers.

Corsair announced its entry into the PC chassis market at Computex today with the unveiling of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis. The 800D is a full tower chassis made form steel and coated with a matte black finish inside and out.

The faceplate of the chassis is brushed aluminum and the case supports up to five 5.25-inch drives and six 3.5-inch drives total. The case is large enough to support ATX, Extended ATX, and micro ATX mainboards and has advanced features that Corsair says will make the 800D a PC builders dream.

Among the builder centric features of the case are four hot swap SATA bays and a cut out section in the mainboard tray that keeps users from having to remove the mainboard to change CPU cooling products. The case also has a cable management system to decrease cable clutter and allow for improved airflow. The entire chassis uses a tool-free design including the 5.25-inch drive bays.

The chassis has seven fan positions and three isolated cooling zones for the power supply, SATA hot swap bays and the main compartment. The SATA hot swap bay area is cooled by its own 140mm fan that exhausts hot air out of the rear of the chassis. The PSU gets its own dedicated intake and exhaust fan as well. The roof of the chassis is pre-drilled to support single, dual, and triple radiators or three more 120mm fans.

The chassis will be in stores in early July at an MSRP of $299.

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By Alpha4 on 6/2/2009 9:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
...a cut out section in the mainboard tray that keeps users from having to remove the mainboard to change CPU cooling products.
If this hasn't been thought of before, I honestly have to wonder Why Not?

If anyone is interested, I might have a Thermaltake VH8000 MX chassis for sale in about a month's time. ;)

RE: Genius!
By JonnyBlaze on 6/2/2009 10:09:43 AM , Rating: 3
it has been done before

RE: Genius!
By invidious on 6/2/2009 2:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
My first computer a Mac Performa 7.5 from like 1992 had this. It is certainly nothing new.

RE: Genius!
By icanhascpu on 6/2/2009 10:35:12 AM , Rating: 3
This is several years old. I know Silverstone did it more than 4 years ago.

And actually this whole system looks like a, well I dont want to say cheap, but maybe a not-so-100% imitation of some Silverstone designs. Its not bad, but its a copy. Nothing wrong with competition though. More chassis MB should get smarter features.

RE: Genius!
By trajan on 6/2/2009 11:13:49 AM , Rating: 2
Just to add to the list.. my Cooler Master ATCS 840 has the same. It's a great feature though.

RE: Genius!
By TennesseeTony on 6/2/2009 6:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
My ANTEC 900 didn't have one, so I used a 6 inch hole saw and added one.

By icanhascpu on 6/2/2009 10:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
This size was cool back when Silverstone did it (and did it better, go look at their site, this is just a copy for the most part of a several year old design). But now all I'm thinking of is "why?".

I understand a few (very few) of us actually use more than 3 5.25 bays, but even in the enthusiast market, which is small itself, only a very small portion of us have even close to all 6 filled. I got rid of my huge tower years ago becuse anyone can make a monolithic case.

Big isnt beautiful unless you're a monitor

RE: Silverstone
By afkrotch on 6/2/2009 10:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
Enthusiasts tend to fill the 5 1/4 bay area with other items. I have my reservoir and water pump sitting in there. I'd say it takes up about two or three 5 1/4 bays. Never really paid much attention.

Others like to put dual or triple 120mm radiators in the area and take up most, if not all of the 5 1/4 bays.

RE: Silverstone
By Souka on 6/2/2009 12:43:00 PM , Rating: 2
One issue I have with this design is having a PSU with long enough cables....other than that, a large case is very nice to have IMHO for most applications.

RE: Silverstone
By danrien on 6/2/2009 2:11:08 PM , Rating: 2
yeh bigger cases are more fun to work in when u switch out hardware alot. i love my antec p182.

RE: Silverstone
By DASQ on 6/3/2009 12:06:02 PM , Rating: 3
I have 9 hard drives.

My Thermaltake Armor is being put to good use, believe me.

Nice but a bit much...
By jonmcc33 on 6/2/2009 10:10:36 AM , Rating: 3
They need to think outside the enthusiast full tower market. Not that many people are going to go for this. Look at Antec, most people have gotten the Nine Hundred or even the Three Hundred series cases. I myself have a NIne Hundred. It's the best case I've ever owned and still works perfectly - and I once had a P180 as well. No need to replace it unless something better comes around.

RE: Nice but a bit much...
By myocardia on 6/2/2009 2:34:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'd buy one if Antec went out of business and they knocked $200 off the price tag. Assuming neither of those two things happen, I'd never give that ugly monstrosity a second look.

By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 6/2/2009 3:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, come on. I bet it would cut up your hands something nice when you move it around. What's not to like?!

I like it so far
By ApfDaMan on 6/2/2009 10:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
From the looks of it it looks like a less fancy version of the Thermaltake armour, hopefully a lighter version but i wouldent count on it considering they are both steel.

for comparisons sake, the pus sits vertically at the top in the thermaltake, and it has 2 120mm blue fans at the front, one at the back, 2 92mm fans at the top and back... its a beast. looks like corsair wasnt going for style... im suprised to be honest.

the thermaltake doesnt have a motherboard tray which would have been nice...

looks promising!

RE: I like it so far
By AntiM on 6/2/2009 12:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
I like it too. I was wondering where the audio and usb ports were, so I looked at the images on Corsair's site, and they are at the top of the case (top front hidden panel) like they should be.

But $299... ouch! They should include an 850 watt PSU for that price.

RE: I like it so far
By invidious on 6/2/2009 2:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. This is alluminum box, probably costs a tenth of the retail price to build.

By DeepBlue1975 on 6/2/2009 3:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't like to be in an interrogating chamber with that thing anywhere near me!

What are we gonna do now that Corsair has become a Cardassian ally?

Nice, but where is the beef?
By AkuPyro on 6/2/2009 4:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
Its a nice case and all but come on already... You can find a case like this out in the market already for cheaper. I mean, its that same thing over and over again. A big box, PSU on top or bottom, bays at the front, a lot of large fans, a window....need I go on? These are things we like, but where is that "something new and innovative" bullet point that will make us pick this one over another brand that has already established a long line of good cases?

Why was this 'article' posted?
By grant2 on 6/2/2009 5:43:44 PM , Rating: 2
Does dailytech get paid an advertising fee?

Or was it just such a slow news day that they used a marketing blurb as filler?

Nice but too expensive
By 13Gigatons on 6/2/2009 5:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Paid $50 for a P180 and it's a great case.

Wish it had a cut out for the CPU though that is a nice feature.

Case Preference
By JakLee on 6/2/2009 5:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is, some people will like it, others will not. I personally have a few different cases (including a moded Imac with a pc inside) but my Antec 900 is primary machine. My brother in law, when I was building his computer, looked at a ton of cases, and went with a Sunbeam Transformer case (which looks like a cheap gaudy plastic carnival ride to me) that he loves. Another friend of mine uses only beige boxes because cases like mine look too gaudy to him. And don't even ask my younger brother what he likes, you couldn't add enough cheap plastic to his case to make it look Ub3r enuf 4 hIm.

It's almost always about what YOU like; as long as it can get the job done (and realistically most people aren't in their cases often, and don't have high-end overclocked components that need constant airflow or water or even the exotic cooling solutions); and sitting there looking pretty is all a case has to do for most people. Unfortunately I don't think this one is that pretty.

By Hapikern on 6/2/2009 7:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
Taking in mind that this is a steel case (not full aluminum like most Silverstone and Lian Li) and that is relative featureless, this case is way overpriced.

Ok the hotswap HDD is a really cool feature, but only 4?... and only 2 extra internal 3.5"?... for a server/enthusiast oriented case this number of 3.5" drive bays are not enough.
The CPU hole in the motherboard tray is almost a standard in these days for high end cases... tooless desing also a standard, so no outstanding features here.

Watercooling ready for huge radiators... OK thats a plus.... the cooling design seems good in theory, but with the incluided fans (for the price) will be useless with such a huge volume of air they need to move. Also being a steel case, I cannot even imagine the weight of this huge case.

In comparison with the ABS Black pearl for example, the case is full aluminum, with 7 5.25" external drive bays, 1 3.5" external bay, 8 3.5" internal bays for HDD's, and a fan controller included. With these features the corsair doesnt seems so "PC builders dream".... ohhh by the way this case is USD 120.00 cheaper

This case should be in the USD 200.00 price range.

too big
By codeThug on 6/2/2009 9:55:20 PM , Rating: 2
i have no need for towers or mini towers anymore. Gimme microATX or miniITX boxes.

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