Corsair Obsidian 900D review: taking it to the next level
16 April 2013
Excerpt: In 2009 Corsair introduced its first computer chassis, the Obsidian 800D, which immediately set a new standard; four years later, the 800D is still relevant. Still, it was time for an update, and today we will take a closer look at the Obsidian 900D, which raises the bar even higher.
Summary: The Corsair Obsidian 800D Case is one massive full tower case. It comes with a front aluminum bezel, hot swappable drive bays, 3 140mm fans, large interior, cable management, hole of motherboard tray for cooler retention plate, fits a large radiator and much more. This is a water cooling enthusiast's wet dream!
Excerpt: When you think of Corsair what usually comes to mind first? Memory? Power supplies? Solid State Drives? How about a world class, enthusiast inspired, full tower case? That is correct. Corsair has released its first chassis, ever, in the form of the Obsidian 800D. This huge case was built from the ground up and designed to make enthusiast computer builders drool.
Conclusion: which impresses is the quality of the main chassis. The case feels exceptionally solid with very little flex; it would take some considerable effort to cause any damage to this chassis. Additionally the finish applied to the main body is flawless, completely smooth and even. We also have to praise Corsair for their support, this product has a 2-year warranty though it has to be said that we can’t imagine anyone needing to use it.
Summary: Although the Thermaltake Level 10 ( reviewed Holiday 2009 ) turned the heads of nearly everyone who saw it, including non-enthusiasts, every enthusiast who came into our Lab was more excited by the Corsair 800D. It’s enormous, well built, and crammed with power-user features. For $300—just $20 more than the Cooler Master ATCS 840 when it launched—it’s a killer case. We can’t wait to see the midtower version.
Pros: Hot-swap SATA bays; great cable management and airflow; support for water-cooling; well-constructed.
Cons: Huge; steel frame rather than aluminum; pricey.
Summary: If you are the type to jump right to the conclusion of a review for a quick summary, I highly urge you to go back and read through each page of this write-up. This is a special chassis and you shouldn't sell yourself short with a brief conclusion on a case that deserves so much more.
Starting with the outward appearance, Corsair kept things relatively simple with a solid black paint job.
Conclusion: We are used to high quality products from Corsair and it is nice to see that this also is the case for their first computer case. This truly is a case for enthusiasts and it is filled with lots of smart solutions. We love the fact that it is so spacey that you never feel cramped when working in it. Corsair also made sure that it is easy to do proper cable management.
Summary: It Looks Great!
Wow when you close this system up and take a look at it, it just looks great! It looks very professional, but at the same time it is going to catch someone’s attention. You look in through the side panel and can see your components inside and barely any cables at all!
The front power button lights up just enough. The only light coming from the inside of our case is a small LED on the motherboard and the LED’s coming from our power supply.
Pros: Awesome design, Tons of cable management holes, Easily installation, 4 hotswappable bays, Great cooling
Summary: The Obsidian 800D is easily one of the best quality cases we have ever reviewed, thanks to Corsair’s extreme attention to detail. While it is not the best all-round case, it is one of the best quality full tower cases we have come across.