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In and Around the Corsair Obsidian D. I’ll cut right to the chase, this thing is enormous. It was shipped to me freight, on its own pallet of one. Before we get too much further into this review, I want to be absolutely clear about how the Obsidian D is being evaluated, because it’s a. Now, the company is one-upping itself with the Obsidian D. For instance, there weren’t any instructions on how to remove the top cover.

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The instruction leaflet that came with our sample was a folded sheet of paper. The sides of the D are a dual door affair. Highly Priced and Highly Specialized. I put the D through my familiar tilt test, though this time with the goal of straightening out the case, and I succeeded.

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Also, don’t search the accessory box for an ATX12V extension cable; it is already mounted at the rear of the motherboard plate. Finally, behind the motherboard tray, Corsair actually includes latches for cable routing. After all, more crossbeams would make the D even heavier.

Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. Installing Optical Drives Page LAN parties here I come. Unfortunately it’s much harder to tell how good an enclosure will be at its job when that job will vary from person to person in much more significant ways than just choosing which air cooler and graphics cards to use. For instance, there weren’t any instructions on how to remove the top cover. Corsair bundles plenty of screws, cable ties, and various small parts, but does not include a piezo speaker.

You also get a three page manual to go with the chassis and the literature on the two year warranty that goes with the D.

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What that also means is that while I have to put it through our conventional testing, that conventional testing is going to be primarily academic.


The last page shows all of the hardware, their count, and what each is used for with the D. Yeah, they’re not screwing around. You can see the two power supply bays in the bottom, but I think Corsair missed an opportunity by not also allowing the user to install a power supply in the top of the case. Unfortunately in the front of the case, there’s a slight spacing between the topmost mm fan and the two bottom ones, so that essentially means you can only install a single mm radiator; ,anual does appear to be space to install a single mm radiator and fan instead if you’re so inclined.

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The white specks you see in the pictures don’t come from paint imperfections, but rather a white powder that clings to the paint. Shipping Box and Unpacking Truly, this case presents a physical challenge for everyone, including the delivery guy who I’m pretty sure hates me at this point. This corrects for the extra clearance that side-oriented SATA ports require, something few case manufacturers actually account for.

Note that near the top are two wedges on either side; these are buttons that release the latches holding the side panels on, similar to the Obsidian D. Previous Page Next Page. Highly Priced and Highly Specialized.

Corsair Obsidian D Review: Making Room For High-End Gear

It’s amazing how much heat you can kick out using OpenCL-enabled benchmarks on high-end hardware like this. 900r forgive the mediocre cameraphone quality. Why wouldn’t it be? Riding high on their liquid cooling legacy with the popular Obsidian D, Corsair has developed a positively massive enclosure that’s designed essentially to hold the most powerful desktop machine you can conceive of while providing ample space to mount radiators and all the accoutrements of liquid cooling.


There is the angles screw driver at the left for getting in and tightening the screws in the expansion slots. You get a large bag of short fan screws, a bag of much longer fan screws, and I am not too sure what the two long screws and plastic spacers are for.

When you see the way Corsair designed it, you’ll be able to tell like Corsaor did that it’s destined for much more than a garden variety build. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon’s website.

Building a custom loop is expensive and time consuming, which would make that type of enclosure the very definition clrsair niche. Specifications And Features Page 3: This diagram explodes the chassis into its various components and labels them so that you can read and familiarize yourself with the chassis in one place.

Though the D is able to stand a healthy distance off of even a carpeted floor, Majual elected not to offer cooling options on the bottom of the case.

Corsair has done a good job of producing something corair enough that the fan mounts beneath it aren’t unsightly while allowing air to pass through easily enough. The hardware box is found inside of the lowest hot-swap bay, and above pictured is what it contained. I’m pretty sure I gained half an inch around each of my biceps, too.

Before we get too much further into this review, I want to be absolutely clear about how the Obsidian D is being evaluated, because it’s a very different beast from most cases. That’s assuming you’re in the market for a specialized case like this, and a lot of you won’t be.