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    Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Big on size and features, is the Corsair top-of-the-line chassis all it's cracked up to be?
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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    OMG i fell in love with that, and it seems it can take my PA120.3 in the top and maybe the pa 160 in the bottom

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarinder
    We'd have liked to have seen a little more flair thrown in, perhaps in the form of more curves, or maybe even a larger back-lit Corsair logo?
    Oh God no. Tarinder, I thought you were a man out to save Hexus! Don't succumb to the shiny light lovers.

    It's a case. I don't want tacky lights in a £200 case - I want a case that can be as good as it can be.

    Desperately needs an eSata port though. It's a huge omission. This isn't aimed at half-assed enthusiasts - this is for people who'd use features like eSata frequently. It's completely unforgivable in a chassis in mid-2009 at this price.

    Impressive, and they've launched it near to the high-end Lian-Li and Silverstone cases... it's just not quite there yet.

    All decent chassis should have hot-swappable docks for SATA hard drives now. There's no reason to have to mount drives internally, so long as there's a means to mount 2.5" drives (even if it's brackets).

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Oh God no. Tarinder, I thought you were a man out to save Hexus! Don't succumb to the shiny light lovers.
    QFT

    Nuts to flashy lights and naff moulded plastic bits, that's exactly what a high end case should be like.
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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    One of Hexus' higher scores? Didn't expect that reading the text!

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    One of Hexus' higher scores? Didn't expect that reading the text!
    It's Corsair.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Looks like a case with water coolers in mind with all that top space for a 3 fan radiator without any case modding, shame there do not appear to be more noise reduction features. How often do people need to hot swap a drive anyway? Suspending them might have made more sence. We did not see a picture of the right side but it would appear the air is pull sideways across the drives which would give the impression there is an intake on the side which is a pain for people who have more than one computer and stack them side by side. There seems to be a complete lack of air intake through the front, except though the scoop at the bottom. Is it too much trouble to put a few grill on the front? Front to back (or top) may be "boring", however is more functional for most location.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    swap your CPU with bolt through kit if its in the right place on the tray !

    http://www.corsair.com/products/800d/800dgallery7.jpg

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by oolon View Post
    We did not see a picture of the right side but it would appear the air is pull sideways across the drives which would give the impression there is an intake on the side which is a pain for people who have more than one computer and stack them side by side.
    Hi all, thanks for the feedback. This is our first chassis so your comments are obviously valuable.

    Oolon, the 140mm fan for the hot-swap bays is ducted to draw-in air from the ventilated base, which is where main air intake is located. It exhausts behind the motherboard tray and out the rear. We thought that adding front/side vents would spoil the sleek look, so if that's not something that would bother you, then let us know.

    Gonzo, the cut-out in the rear will be enlarged on production chassis (Hexus had an early sample - though the size of the cut-out was the only difference) so it will work fine with the various different motherboards/sockets.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    has anyone tried a PA120.3 rad in the top ?

    and the fan on the bottom tray, does it have 20mm spare round the edges to fit my PA160mm rad ?

    it would be really nice to have all my water cooling inside that case.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    EDIT

    **Answer received**

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbeard View Post
    We thought that adding front/side vents would spoil the sleek look, so if that's not something that would bother you, then let us know.
    Personally, I like to see good places for air to come in at the front of a case, I have a Jantech case with just a bottom gap, and its not very good, particularly because cases (towers) often stand on the floor and many floors have carpets on them! Nice grills do not bother me you can also light them if that's your thing. I don't know if they are present but I would expect to see dust filters on all intakes. As I said in my comments, I am not keen on side intakes as most people stand computers next to the side of a desk. If you have nice ducting I think your web site pictures should show it off. Ducting does reduce the efficiency of fans, the places to pull in air into the case seem limited, which I think the review bares out. If your air cooling some of the top fans could blow in rather than out, but that does make for a messy airflow. As it stands, I would probably end up getting a drill out to "improve" the front, or have to fit a non matching fan cage in some of the 5 1/4 bays at the price level this is though, I probably would not buy it, rather than buy knowing what I wanted to do.

    Rather than a side window, I would much prefer to have silencing side panels, along with silencing material along the top bottom and inside the front. A section of the could could be removable for fan fitting, which would also stop dust coming in if fans were not fitted, in the top.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by oolon View Post
    How often do people need to hot swap a drive anyway?
    The sort of people who use cases like this will use it quite often. I'm always swapping drives around, adding drives for projects, bringing drives back from work, taking drives in, rescuing data, backing up, etc.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    The sort of people who use cases like this will use it quite often. I'm always swapping drives around, adding drives for projects, bringing drives back from work, taking drives in, rescuing data, backing up, etc.
    It was meant as a genuine question (based on the fact I replace/add a drive about once a year), initially I had thought, the hot swap was blocking the airflow when I put in that comment, later on I realised before I posted it that corsair were clever enough to do a flow across the drives which is rather nice. With drives getting smaller with 2.5 and 1.8 SSDs, lining them up for hotswap can be a pain. Corsair should do some nice mechanical adapters. I probably should have removed that sentence, as hotswap is always a "cool" thing to have.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    A case that has the potential to take a heavy duty water cooling loop internally without any modding? It's certainly brought something new to the table. The lack of gaudy lights is also a plus in my eyes, too much of that going on in the most expensive cases these days. I was going to say something about the lack of a motherboard tray but the photo with the system fitted makes it look like it really wouldn't matter...

    The review mentions dust filters on the second page but then there are no photos indicating their location or how to access them. I assume they're in the floor of the case but it isn't obvious.

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    Re: Reviews - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D: the chassis for real builders?

    theres a video on there website if you follow the link at the end of the review, theres one under the psu so i assume its the same at the front of the case.

    i am a little dissapointed hexus did not go a little more indepth with the review, there was a fair bit missed off

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