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Corsair Enters Case Market, Launches Obsidian

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Computex isn’t just about what’s inside your machine and proof of that is Flash maker Corsair's first foray into the case market.

The company yesterday launched the Obsidian Series 800D which supports up to five 5.25-inch and six 3.5-inch drives in total and is compatible with ATX, Extended ATX, and Micro ATX motherboards. The 800D also boasts four hot-swap SATA bays, a cut-out section in the motherboard tray for easy CPU cooler installation and for all you cable management freaks: a unique cable management system that promises to decrease cable clutter and increase airflow.

With a total of seven positions for fans, this case uses a 140 mm fan with dust filter to bring in fresh air from the bottom, while hot air is pushed out at the back, near the top of the chassis. It also features a pre-drilled section in the roof to support single, dual and triple radiators, or up to three additional 120mm fans.

Expected availability is early July with a price tag a buck shy of $300. Who's tempted?

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    dman3k , June 3, 2009 4:48 PM
    $300? You got to be kidding for an entry case to the market!
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    icepick314 , June 3, 2009 4:55 PM
    if it's all aluminum casing, then it's worth $300...

    the case looks clean and full of features...

    it's definitely for enthusiasts looking for style and performance out of full tower case....
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    Kill@dor , June 3, 2009 4:55 PM
    No motherboard tray?
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    deuce271 , June 3, 2009 5:03 PM
    Nice case. I wouldn't pay $300 for it. But again, its an ENTHUSIAST case, not a budget case.
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    vh1atomicpunk , June 3, 2009 5:07 PM
    At $300 this is not compelling when you can snag a CoolerMaster RC-690 with all the same features minus E-ATX support for $80 or less. You can get good 4U rackmount cases from Codegen or a good full-tower case from Chieftech for $80 to $100 as well. $300 cases are a waste of money.
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    oggy , June 3, 2009 5:22 PM
    For the "Rich and Famous" lotsa luck


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    starryman , June 3, 2009 5:29 PM
    Seems like a lot of premium cases these days to put the power supply at the bottom of the case BUT it's clear and evident that it's better to have it mounted at the top. They can can say all they want but heat rises. I've heard BS about optimum placement and convention air flow... naahhh... just keep it at the top. Keep it simple folks.
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    B-Unit , June 3, 2009 5:42 PM
    Riight, push all the rest of your hot air thru the PSU, great plan starryman...
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 5:44 PM
    starrymanSeems like a lot of premium cases these days to put the power supply at the bottom of the case BUT it's clear and evident that it's better to have it mounted at the top.


    This is an enthusiast case... The top is reserved for a radiator.

    If I were in the market for a water cooled case this one looks great, has everything thats required... but @ $300 it is a little expensive.
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 5:48 PM
    The more I look at the pictures the more I like this case... It looks pretty damn solid and the hot swap drive bays are pretty cool.

    Some reviews will be handy
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    cah027 , June 3, 2009 5:54 PM
    I like the black interior but do not like the $299 price!
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    Zoonie , June 3, 2009 6:09 PM
    It looks pretty much like the Antec P180 interiorly :)  And you can get P180 for less than $150. I love corsair products, but the P180 is a quality product aswell.
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    TheMan1214 , June 3, 2009 6:10 PM
    deuce271Nice case. I wouldn't pay $300 for it. But again, its an ENTHUSIAST case, not a budget case.

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    sublifer , June 3, 2009 6:18 PM
    As others have said, $300 is a fair bit for a case. There won't be much of a market for that... that said, it does look nice and if it is all aluminum like it looks like it is then it probably is worth it...

    wonder if I can build a case from aluminum soda cans and charge $300 for it.... ?
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    hellwig , June 3, 2009 6:30 PM
    grieveThis is an enthusiast case... The top is reserved for a radiator. If I were in the market for a water cooled case this one looks great, has everything thats required... but @ $300 it is a little expensive.

    Uh, a radiator would be more efficient in the path of cooler air. Why place the radiator at the top where you blow all the hot air through it? Why do you think your car's radiator is in front of your engine, and not tied to your exhaust?
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 6:46 PM
    hellwigUh, a radiator would be more efficient in the path of cooler air. Why place the radiator at the top where you blow all the hot air through it? Why do you think your car's radiator is in front of your engine, and not tied to your exhaust?

    Thanks Sherlock! Hot air rises… we all learnt that in grade 1’ish?

    If you want to place a triple radiator inside a case there is pretty much only one place to do so, unless you want to do some serious modifications. When I built my water cooled rig I placed my radiator on the back of the unit so I could push cold air through it however there is something to be said for having the radiator IN the case.
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    ssddx , June 3, 2009 7:30 PM
    If you think $299 is expensive for a case, look at some products from Lian-Li. The power supply does fine on the bottom rear of a case. If you are using water cooling then you shouldnt be generating as much radiant heat. Either way.. where else would you put a triple slot radiator 'inside' a case?
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    giovanni86 , June 3, 2009 7:47 PM
    I like it, somewhat. I need closer images of it. Currently i have the Antec 1200 and that seems to be doing me justice for the moment. But this case does look a bit tempting if only the price wasn't so ridiculous.
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    cdohmen , June 3, 2009 8:10 PM
    Taken from http://www.corsair.com/products/800d/default.aspx

    "Aluminum Faceplate, Steel Structure"
    Id have to say its probably worth the price. Maybe drop it by $50 and its the perfect case for triple radiator cooling :) 
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    Master Exon , June 3, 2009 8:24 PM
    What exactly do we need five 5.25" drive bays for?
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