The actual installation in this case was an absolute breeze with all the room it has available. It did not take much thought as far as the water cooling setup and where the parts were going to go for proper placement inside the case. One important thing to note however is the pre-drilled holes up top fit the Swiftech style screw spacing perfect. This was not a major problem with the PA
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Availability Now There are several ways to tell a budget shirt from an expensive one. You have the fit and style, of course, and the quality of fabric used also plays a significant role. Aesthetics and materials count for a lot with desktop enclosures, too, but there are other less obvious factors that really separate luxury cases from cheap ones.
Enthusiasts expect premium enclosures to be easy to work with through multiple upgrades, to offer ample airflow for power-hungry components, and to keep noise levels low enough to enable nearly silent builds. With all of these features, the Obsidian definitely looks the part of an enclosure that could last through several generations worth of upgrades.
As an enclosure enthusiast, I was anxious to see what Corsair would do with the common tower case. I have a feeling that a lot of those designs will soon be forgotten, however.
Rather than thinking way outside the box, the new features Corsair has brought to the table with the D are much more subtle and sensible. And with a classic, monolithic exterior, the Obsidian stands a better chance of staying aesthetically appealing over the long haul.
Unfortunately, removing the protective plastic skin that covers the front bezel lifted off some of the logo. This is a shame considering that the rest of the front panel looks so clean and polished, but truth be told, I almost like the grittier, distressed look better. Corsair tells us this is a rare problem that should be resolved soon. The top of the D is strictly business, with three adjacent mm vents providing plenty of room for even the largest aftermarket water-cooling radiators.
The flat surface atop the D also makes a handy place to set a cell phone, MP3 player, or flash drive, which is more than can be said for some super-sized cases.
In case you were wondering, the Obsidian is as deep as it is tall. The power button and hard drive activity light sit just above the highest 5. The rings of chrome around the power button and activity LED are nice touches, and I love how the whole port cluster looks, especially when closed. However, the ports are all recessed, which could create problems for fatter USB thumb drives.
This approach should work equally well for folks who run the case on or under their desks. The rest of the panel, and the entirety of the right-side panel, is black, powder-coated steel.
On the back side of the D, one can see first of three included mm case fans, this one functioning as an exhaust. Near the top corners of the case are a couple of buttons to activate the latches that hold the side panels in place. Like many newer enclosures, the D mounts the PSU at the bottom of the case. However, the mounting holes are simply stamped into the back plate, which means the power supply can only be installed in one orientation.
Check the bottom of the case. You do get a handy nylon air filter that neatly slides out from the back of the case to allow for relatively easy cleaning, though. To keep the Obsidian elevated enough to make the underbelly intake useful, Corsair sits the case on three rails that lift it about an inch off the ground.
That should be enough clearance for most situations, but those with thick shag carpet might want to set the Obsidian down on a flat board to ensure optimal airflow. The panel can then be lifted away with ease. The fan blades, tool-less optical drive mounts, and individual rivets and motherboard standoffs all match the exterior color.
Case makers are increasingly punching holes in motherboard trays to allow for cleaner cable routing, and the D takes this to the extreme with 13 rubber-lined holes. A couple of holes also perforate the panel separating the top and bottom zones of the case to allow a water-cooling radiator or pump to reside in the lower section.
Much like other premium cases, the D separates its internals into two zones, with the power supply and a couple of standard hard drive bays living in the lower compartment. A mm fan mounted to the underside of the zone divider draws air into the case through the bottom-panel intake vents and channels it up into the main compartment. With two fans drawing air in and only one active exhaust, the main chamber maintains a net positive air pressure, which helps to keep dust from making its way into the case through unfiltered vents.
Corsair includes a fan shroud for the mm mount to direct airflow over the hard drives. After taking the right side panel off, the 15 cable routing holes are even easier to see. And now, we can also see where Corsair intends for all your extra cabling to go. The wiring for the port cluster and front panel is neatly bundled and long enough to reach the bottom of this side of the case before popping through to the other side.
Pop it out, and you have very good access for pretty much all modern sockets. Filling out the D OK, time for some hardware to fill this bad boy up. Since the hot-swap bays were just too cool for me to avoid any longer, I started by installing a hard drive.
After a little lever-pull action, the hard drive sleds can be completely removed from the hot-swap area. Considering that the rest of the Obsidian is a tool-free affair, I was a little surprised to see screws used to secure drives in the hot-swap sleds. Plenty of cases offer built-in vibration absorption and tool-free hard drive mounting options, but then few even high-end enclosures have hot-swap caddies and native support for 2.
In addition to the four hot-swap bays, two more hard drives can be more permanently installed in the lower area of the case.
To access this lower drive area or pop out the necessary knock-outs in the front panel to install a 5. A simple sliding latch held our optical drive from just one side more securely than I expected. Connecting the motherboard to the hard drives is slightly different when a hot-swap bay is part of the equation.
Four circuit boards host power and data plugs for the corresponding hot-swap bays, and Corsair provides a strip of SATA power connectors that neatly delivers juice to all four bays. Users need only to connect a single power cable along with the data cables, which simplifies things a little and makes for cleaner cabling overall.
Without any extra wiggle room, I started by securing one of the top corners of the power supply. Installing the rest of the components in the Obsidian was pretty unremarkable, save for the ease with which I was able to run cables neatly behind the motherboard tray. I was particularly impressed that even a standard IDE ribbon cable nearly vanished in the Obsidian. Cable reach is bound to be a problem in a taller case that mounts the PSU below the motherboard and encourages indirect cable paths, but with a little extra planning, I suspect few folks will have a hard time making all the necessary connections.
After finishing the build, I put the left panel back on and marveled at the size of the Obsidian once more. In its stock configuration, the Spedo is way too noisy. However, this is easily remedied by removing the mm fan attached to the side panel, which lowers not only noise levels, but temperatures, as well. We used this tweaked setup for the Spedo, while the Obsidian was left in its out-of-the-box config.
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A windowed side panel makes it easy to show off your work. Three Isolated Cooling Zones The power supply compartment, main compartment and the SATA bays each have dedicated cooling subsystems to prevent heat buildup. A dust-filtered mm fan draws in cold air at the bottom of the case and exhausts it at the rear and top. This clever design forces fresh air directly over the graphics card and CPU. The SATA hot-swap bays are cooled by a separate mm fan which vents from the case via a sealed chamber and prevents the heat generated by the drives from entering the main compartment. The power supply compartment has its own dedicated intake and exhaust, also isolated from the main compartment.
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