Corsair Obsidian 800D Case Review

 
 
 
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case rated Kickass by 3dGameMan.com

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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!


 

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Tundra
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Can this fit a fully customizable watercooling? Like a pump, reservoir, all the tubes etc.

Anonymous

Took me time to read all the opinions, but I truly enjoyed the post. It proved to be very useful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! Its frequently awesome when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! Im sure you had fun writing this article. My best wishes, Jewell.

Anonymous

cable management simply refers to the solution that one employs for organizing every cable wire that connect computers and equipment in a work environment.
cable management

Anonymous

This is the next case i am getting, i have been looking for something like this in a VERY long time!
i LOVE that it has compartments, big window, and those 3 extra top fans, that i would make intake but there is not alot of exhaust fans in the case wich trubbels me, and the waight is also really heavy. i guess i have to lift waithgs again to carry this baby :)

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Personally I'm thinking about making this my next case purchase if and when I can afford it depending on if it's still available. Personally, I'm glad it's so quiet and doesn't have a side fan. My current case is the old Thermaltake Armor with the 25 CM side fan. The fan is quiet, but the fact that it's mesh on the side lets a lot of the sound back out of the case, gets kind of annoying when gaming and I can hear everything like it's got an open side.

I don't get where all the hate came from though towards you regarding this review. You didn't really slander it. It's much easier to list negatives about things than positives in some situations and I guess people don't realize that. You dinged it for very few things, 1 of which was a personal issue (removable motherboard trays) which is fine as you are a reviewer and you are giving YOUR opinion on something while providing FACTS bout what you are reviewing. People always get on me when I play a game and almost my entire review of it is negative, they always say "if you hate it so much, why do you play it?" Well, I play it because my list of hates is shorter than my list of likes and it's easier to list what I hate than what I like.

It's often times easier and shorter to list what you hate than what you like, meaning something that can be (and has been here) construed as a negative review can actually be extremely positive. I'll rate a game 9/10 and list the few quarrels I have with the game, so does that mean it's a bad review and that I bashed it?

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Anonymous

This was not a good review. I have mostly liked your previous reviews. But this review did not do proper justice to this fantastic case. It seemed that you created this video to down size the case.

Anonymous

are u sure that the case weights 20 kg? I read other reviews that said the weight is around 16 kg or even 10 kg...PLS help.

Mr. Pizza
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eh, this case has no air cooling potential

GREEN FIRE!!!!!!

Anonymous

Corsair Fanboys, accept it.

Anonymous

Corsair Fanboys, accept it.

Anonymous

I will just start with my big question here. are you retarded?!!!!?? this case are fantastic. and that you just jump over the most important things about the case sais more about how you are doing you're research than any things else.
here are some point you left out and that made this review just as useless as a roll of toilet paper to dry up an ocean.

- what the fan and cable covers are for.
- that the door at the front can be turned to have easier access from both sides.
- that the fan on the back side can be removed for installation of a 120 (with the H50 in mind)
- that you don't mention the venting holes at the bottom of the PCI slots that makes possible to have a bottom mounted video card
- you fail to mention that you have to use tools to install the hot swap drives.

and i wonder how many cases are there on the marked with removable MB tray? it's not many. it's actualy no reason what so ever to mention it. it would have been more logical to mention it about the cases that actualy has it.

an another thing is that you should have shown a full build in the case. this had shown how grate this case is.

and that you are pulling it down beacouse the weight is absurd. this case are buildt to fitt people with big rigs that needs this space and with the space also comes the weight.

but you have to exuse my bad english.

Anonymous

Is it positive air flow in this case ?

Anonymous

Looks nasty :(

Anonymous

This is the first time that I have ever disagreed with Mr. Reynolds. It's true that this case is lacking in airflow without purchasing the optional fans, but the great wiring system eliminates this. Most cases have to have powerful airflow systems to compensate for all the wiring blockage because they don't provide good wiring management. The wiring management in this case is simply the best and most economical then any other case that currently exists, so it doesn't need an elaborate stock airflow system like most good cases. But it still wouldn't hurt to get the optional fans.

Anonymous

You do know it does have a removable motherboard tray :/

Anonymous

Very nice case but it's too expensve...

Reptar
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This case looks great.

D0M1N8R
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Still keeping an eye out for the perfect case. Dont think it will ever appear though.

Anonymous

Hmmmm, an honest review that pushed me off the purchase. Not having good cooling options and the all-steel case are deal killers for me. It was this or the SilverStone TJ09 --- which is a timeless design that wins (Rodney also reviewed that one and gave it the max score). Now to monitor prices and catch it for a few bucks off. Thanks again.

Anonymous

Nice review Rodney. I must say, however, that you don't need heaps of fans for a case to have good cooling. I used to worry excessively about cooling, and had every possible optional fan running, but the noise was ruining the gaming experience. I ended up removing all the extra fans, just leaving an intake and an exhaust, with a nice Noctua CPU cooler and I've never had any issues with temps.

I applaud Corsair for making a quiet case that isn't crammed with excessive fans. I bought an H50 to go with this case, and I have its radiator mounted on one of the top fan mounts with the air being pushed through it out the top of the case. I then just have the intake and exhaust with the hard-drive fan disabled because I have an SSD. Temps are not an issue.

Unless you're overclocking, you don't need 12 fans to keep your hardware within acceptable temps. Relax, your hardware will be fine, and enjoy your game without a wind tunnel next to you.

Anonymous

agreed if you have watercooling your fine even if its the h50 :)

Anonymous

LOL, you removed that front panel like the ALPHA MALE! Nicely done.

Kamael
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The case itself is good looking but lacks air flow. It's not the biggest case out there, there are other cases bigger. Good product for Corsair's first chassis, i hope there are improvements in their next chassis if they decide to make more. Overall i agree with the rating.

Anonymous

big as a frig cool like a micowave = fail product = stupid rich people

Anonymous

Has anyone noticed that the 800B looks like a Wang chung? becouse you all seem not to notice it ^_^

Anonymous

Hey there 3dgameman!

I am wondering if you could do a Review on chieftec mesh big tower becuse no body has done it and i wondering to buy it so. Maybe its was a good idea

Anonymous

@3Dgameman: If i buy the Asus Rampage 3 Extreme or EVGA 4 Way Sli (for example) and i want put 4 5870´s VGA this case can fits the last card well?

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i like that case

timdopte
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I recommended it for my brothers build and it's a true dream to work with

Charlie9503
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I'm thinking buying one of these. Its just the weight i want to be able to carry it to lan parties.  i guess the HAL weight is that much. I think i go with that.

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That's one big Full-Tower Case.

Your day has come to learn about Technology!

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The difference between Corsair Obsidian 800D Case and Cooler Master ATCS 840 Case is that Corsair Obsidian 800D Case does have left-side panel window while Cooler Master ATCS 840 Case doesn't have a side-panel window. You can actually put LED (Light Emitted Diode) fans Corsair Obsidian 800D Case to see the reflections of Green, Blue, or Red colors on the Left-Side Window Panel. But, it's not good to install with Water Cooling System because it might take more space to fit in the case and won't be able to have good airflow thoroughly.  Unless, you take out the fans and you shouldn't have problems about installation issue.

Anonymous

Actually, Cooler Master made OEM side panels for the ATCS 840. I was on the fence with the 800D/ATCS 840 and went with the Cooler Master. Rodney hit the review on the money; heavy, no mobo tray and most importantly to anyone but the full-blown H2O junkie..not great air flow.

Great first showing Corsair! Cable management is out of this world.

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I like black Full-Tower Case. It looks very nice and it also includes 4 swappable 3.5" hard drive bays. Problem is that it weights 44 lbs. of Corsair Obsidian 800D empty Full-Tower case, and there is no removable-motherboard tray. So, it's going to take a lot of work on setup and moving that mammoth case to position it if it's filled in with all the drivers that you've installed.  

Anonymous

This Case is too heavy.. 20 kg... damm !!!! and on empty...20 kg.... i gym on a daily and when im stacking 20 kg plates on a weight machine thats some good work to go there. lol it seems i can bring that case to gym to lift for warm ups..lol....

None the less the case looks nice.. its all black....and has very nice cable management.

Dan9550
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wow nice case air cooling might be good but if i got this beast id go water cooling all the way :)

TrAnWhiZ
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HUGE xD

Anonymous

You forgot that the hotswap bay door could be reverced

Anonymous

Would buy it if it was 100-150 dollars and a mid tower. But, since that's not going to happen I'm going to stick to Lian Li.

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I've never seen a Lian Li that I did not like. yes

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Anonymous

I personally think the case is brilliant and the weight isnt really an issue. I think that the Corsair H50 water cooling system would go perfectely with this case. That cooling system is also fantastic because it doesnt require a lot of space for instllation and it doesnt cost a lot like other full water cooling systems. The case's only problem id see is that it may be a bit big for most people and there is no removable motherboard tray. But the advantage to this is that you have a tonne of space to work with and i beleive it is quite user friendly.

Anonymous

This case is basically made for water cooling I think so personally if you plan on air cooling maybe go for something else.

Anonymous

so, my coolermaster stacker (first gen, cant remember the model now) is getting long in the tooth... the only real 'con' I see on this one is the fact that I'd have to mod in some wheels, the stacker came with them, all you had to do was pop the plastic ones out and screw in the wheels. Think of it this way: if you're a tweaker, constantly working on it, wheels to slide that monster case out of the way would be really -really- handy!

Any suggestions for a full-tower case, ready to watercool, that can at least accept wheels on the bottom?

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Im just saying my opinion here but i got a removable MB tray and i havent used it once. Prob cause i havent updated any hardware yet that needs it bit if your gonna upgrade prosseor then you dont need to remove it. If you upgrade screencard then you dont need to. Motherboard then yeah but then you have to remove everything again and mount it back up.

I can understand that some ppl like it and other dont but can you mention some areas that its good for you.

Want the obsidian so bad cause of the cable management and going for the H50 cooler aswell and dont think it will be that big a problem but i heard the cooling will have a huge turning depending on the way you set them to blow air inn and out. 

Keep up the great work rodney!

Anonymous

I can't believe this got a Kickass the same as the Lian Li PC-P50 did... There is next to no faults about that case (except it's mid-tower size, but it's meant to be). This case got 2 minutes of Rodney telling us the flaws. Surely but that logic, the PC-P50 should be 100% Kickass?

I still think this case is too big and heavy for it's own good. They could have made it a bit smaller and lighter with better cooling and THEN it would be 100% Kickass IMO.

Thanks again for the review Rodney, I enjoy them even if I don't always agree ;-).

Anonymous

Beware IDE Hard Drive Users , better try and get a new hard disk to fit all those SATA slots :D

Anonymous

Ye i must agree with some of the writers here. This case is a 100% kickass product, but i can understand that Rodney didnt make it a 100%. Just becouse of the lack of fans. I have air cooling except from cpu (H50), and i have 3 x 120mm fans at the top. My temps are: Idle 28° 100% load @ 1hour 38° and my hardware is:
Corsair Obsidian 800D
AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 4.0Ghz
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Quad Crossfire
4 gig Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1700MHz
2 x PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (930|1335)
Geforce 8800 (PhysX)
Corsair H50 Hydro Series CPU Kylare
Zalman ZM600-HP
And a bunch of harddrives.

Thanks for the review thou Rodney, nice to see what u have too say about it =)

Anonymous

Actually, you left a large part of the Design Features out of the review, the 140mm fan going through the 4x 3.5" Drive Bays actually exhaust out through the BACK of the motherboard tray, as does the 2x below it, so the HDD's are effectively cooled completely separately to the rest of the computer, that's what the grill on the left of the IO 'hole' is for, and as some people have said, this case is practically designed for Watercooling, i've watched a ton of videos on it, and they popularly use a Corsair M50 (i think that's what it's called) to pull air into the case, using the rear 'exhaust' fan, and using the 3x120mm exhausts at the top, i've got one of these running on air atm, i've replaced the 140mm fan between the PSU and main section to a much higher CFM one, and the rear fan, as an exhaust, sealing over the top3x120, and i'm on a i5 750, 280GTX, 4x HDDs, soundcard, with a Corsair 750W PSU, and i'm glad i bought it.

I was surprised about the Kickass rating, not 100%, but i see where you're disproving, it is heavy (but very sturdy), expensive.
I'd say 100%, but everyone's entitled to their own opinions :)

PS. Sorry this got so long, but I love it myself.

Anonymous

You have to, you spent $300 for it.

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i could only agree, thanks rodney for the video. though an important aspect was missing, i find the video did not give the case a sporting chance. some statements given need to be followed up. for example, this case is heavy, why could this be so? it may be the material used, it may possibly also be very sturdy. 

 

a "video review" in my opinion, should be taken from an open eye. Every case designer themselves may not like everything everyone /or a particularONE/ wants.

 

thank you for the review anyway. was waiting for the one in particular.