|Corsair Obsidian 700D Full-Tower Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Monday, 20 September 2010|
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Detailed Exterior Features
To keep the design sleek and elegant, Corsair decided to keep USB/Audio/Firewire ports behind a little door. Outside, there is a power button and a HDD activity LED. Corsair ships the Obsidian 700D with 4 x USB ports, but none of them is 3.0. I feel there should be at least a 3.0 port in this case considering the price it carries, however, I expect Corsair to update their cases in the next months, and hopefully, include USB 3.0 ports. Corsair also lacks of e-SATA ports, which nowadays are very common and useful for the masses.
Let's have a detailed look at the back of the Obsidian 700D. At the top, we have 2 push-buttons to release the side panels. That's right! Corsair needs no screws to release their panels. Just push the
Moving to the mid-section, there's a full 140mm black fan to exhaust CPU heat. There's a pair of rubber grommets for water cooling tubes and the I/O area. Notice those little holes at the left of the case? Those are ventilation holes for HDDs/SSDs. I'll try to explain how they work when we open the Obsidian 700D.
Moving to the lower part, there are 7 expansion slots and a little mesh for dual-slot GPUs installed in the lower PCI-E slots of our motherboard. At the bottom, there's space for an ATX PSU, but unfortunately, there are no holes to mount it upside up and upside down (if neccessary). Must PSUs using a large 120mm fan pushing air inside will fit so that the fan faces the bottom side of the case taking fresh air from the outside instead of taking hot air from the case.
Remember that dust-filter at the bottom of the Obsidian 700D? Well, here it is! Removing it is as easy as just pulling it off the case, but keep in mind it won't be that easy to take it off if your PC is very close to a wall/furniture because the filter is big enough to cover 2 x 120mm fans (at least).
Finally, if you're mounting 5 1/4" drives, you'll need to remove the front facade. Please refer to the manual to remove this as many users are reporting difficulties to do it. I didn't suffer to take the front panel out of the case, if you ask.
Now that we've analyzed the exterior of our Obsidian 700D, let's have a closer look at the interior.