Corsair Obsidian 350D Review

our 900D had a baby!

 Corsair Obsidian 350D Review  

Introduction

In our review of the Obsidian 900D, the new flagship of Corsair's case lineup, we said that you'd need to have been living under a rock to ensure not hearing about its release. With this case the rumour mill's been a lot quieter, so we'll excuse the hermits amongst you who haven't noted the impending release of the new baby Obsidian. 

The 350D is Corsairs first MATX chassis but follows the design ethos from its bigger brother the 900D, but how does it stack up against the competition? Let's have a look at the tech specs to see if we can't get an idea of what it's like before you watch the video.

Specifications


Corsair Obsidian 350D Review
 

 

Video Review

Conclusion

Another Corsair case, another great product. Once again Corsair continues its trend of giving us high quality cases with great functionality at reasonable prices respective to what they bring to the table. With its MATX form factor the 350D's competing with cases such as the Fractal Arc Mini, but we feel that it just trumps the competition. It's the way that the case come together as a whole in such an aesthetically pleasing and feature rich way, and it even has ample room for watercooling support if that's what you're into. 

As the baby of the family we feel that the 350D does a stellar job of capturing all the best bits of the Obsidian series. It looks fantastic, it's feature rich, the build quality is second to none and it has the downsides of a price premium over the competition. It really does come down to whether you think the price is worth it compared to the competition. We'd be more than happy to put a full rig in this, with watercooling to boot - something which is far harder to come by in a case of this class. As we mentioned in the video, it comes down to what you want to do with the case when it comes to aesthetics, cooling, and features such as dedicated SSD bays. To us, these extras make the extra ~£20 well worth it. 

As expected, we're giving this case a well deserved Gold award. £93 is a far cry from being a cheap MATX case, but that's because this case is far from being 'cheap' at all - many would say that the window alone sets it apart from the competition. We expect to see build logs and rig galleries popping up that include this case, and honestly we can't wait to see what people do with it.

     

The 350D is available from the boys over at SpecialTech for £94.99

Thanks to Corsair for the 350D on test here today. You can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums. 

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25-04-2013, 11:38:18

Josh Weston
It's always nice to have a new baby in the family and Corsair's Obsidian case lineup is no different. As usual, we give it the OC3D once over to see how the new kid in town deals with its competition.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...082432186l.png

Continue ReadingQuote

25-04-2013, 11:59:25

airdeano
glad to see the doctors were around to deliver this tiny lil package from its mother.
thanks for the video review in all its TTL style!Quote

25-04-2013, 12:06:54

Spiderz
Good review again from TTL but the link in the written review needs changed as it is currently the one for the Titan waterblock fitting.

I was considering getting this case but after seeing the internals I think I will give it a miss as doing so would require a new MB. Also it is a bit more expensive than I was expecting it to be when I saw it at $100-110.Quote

25-04-2013, 12:10:25

SieB
This is going to be my next case, as long as nothing better comes up in the next month or so that is. Or if I decide to stick to the ATX form factor, which I doubt I will TBH.
Surprised on the 7/10 for price though, i'd have given it an 8/10. Personally, I thinks it's worth the extra £20, but each to their own.

Good written review also, Josh I had to look twice when I saw your name on the review, was expecting it to be Tom.Quote

25-04-2013, 12:15:43

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spiderz View Post
Good review again from TTL but the link in the written review needs changed as it is currently the one for the Titan waterblock fitting.
Hah! Thanks for pointing that out. This is the first article i've submitted and everything's all new and confusing. Should all be fixed now.

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Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Good written review also, Josh I had to look twice when I saw your name on the review, was expecting it to be Tom.
He's giving me a shedload of help still, but thankyou for the kind words - i'm getting there, albeit slowly Quote

25-04-2013, 12:32:05

alienware
Cheers for the review guys..

How was Iron man Tom?

Edit. Man the scope for this thing is just awesome..

I tell you what I'd like to do with it... Put in a decent motherboard then use a H100 in the roof and then fit my 670s and use a Antec Kuhler 920 mod on each with both rads in the front.Quote

25-04-2013, 12:42:54

dugdiamond
noice case, and an excellent build put in it too.
*puts on shopping list*Quote

25-04-2013, 13:17:38

Nogginthenog
Really like this case.

As much as I 'want' a 900D , because its just so epic, this case actually does everything I would ever need , for a lot less money, weight and space.

But then again so would a bitfenix prodigy.Quote

25-04-2013, 13:21:02

tinytomlogan
The front page article is more of a container for the video than an actual review. But Josh has done a good job of what he could do with the info he had.

Youll be seeing more stuff like this on the front page from Josh now. This is also the first front page item thats been posted from anyone else but me for years!Quote

25-04-2013, 13:26:07

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
This is also the first front page item thats been posted from anyone else but me for years!
bet you had a tear in your eye typing that...Quote

25-04-2013, 13:42:24

Josh Weston
Quote:
Originally Posted by airdeano View Post
bet you had a tear in your eye typing that...
I did reading it Quote

25-04-2013, 14:17:24

tinytomlogan
Just means I can finally start thinking about having a HOLIDAY!Quote

25-04-2013, 14:26:52

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Just means I can finally start thinking about having a HOLIDAY!
You could take the 900D with you and use it to spend the nights in. Might even have space left for a fridge and microwave Quote

25-04-2013, 14:29:58

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
You could take the 900D with you and use it to spend the nights in. Might even have space left for a fridge and microwave
slap some wheels on it and nows you gotz a mobile home...Quote

25-04-2013, 14:45:18

fredrikro
TTL said you would probably not need the AX1200i in this case. That instantly made me think about putting a 3970x on a Rampage iv gene, together with a couple of Ares IIs. Just put the radiators in the front and you are ready to go. :PQuote

25-04-2013, 14:46:33

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by fredrikro View Post
TTL said you would probably not need the AX1200i in this case. That instantly made me think about putting a 3970x on a Rampage iv gene, together with a couple of Ares IIs. Just put the radiators in the front and you are ready to go. :P
Yup they're the same rads as the Kuhler 920...

But Quadfire? Brave... Very brave.Quote

25-04-2013, 20:12:51

STUNT
@tinytomlogan: without cutting the bottom of the case... if I put the PSU vertical in the fron do you think I could fit a MSI Big Bang Xpower II in the 350D?

I Know it sounds crazy xD I was going to buy the 900D but it may look too empty as I won´t be water cooling for now and the 350D price tag is so tempting that.. I may mod it and switch to the 900D when I get the rads and so on (how knows when...)Quote

25-04-2013, 21:41:19

WeskerPG
i know that every1 is able to do business and advertising, but just like gameplanet ratings and any other gaming web page, there's no such thing as a 10 for price and 9 for performance, and that's with games, with computers, im thinking the higher is going to get is a 7 for the price and a 6 for performance, i believe a lot of people here can imagine what can be put over there to upgrade that, or modify the case, in short i do not believe in anything that says 10-8

Since you're not comparing it, is a weird score, is it better than the pc im building ?
For sure.........
Will that make it a 10 ? i doubt it, comparing both, sure a 10 while my pc is hardly a 4 for me LOL

my legit claim, ill wait 1 year and maybe buy it, that's gonna make that price a 20Quote

25-04-2013, 21:46:10

FredEx
Good review. Nice little case.Quote

25-04-2013, 21:48:20

Bartacus
Another great review Tom! Love watch your videos (no h0m0). So when is Case Labs sending you an S3 for a proper comparison? I've been following a few S3 builds on overclock.net and it's a sweet looking little rig.Quote

25-04-2013, 22:30:00

lwatcdr
Good review and the case looks good as well. I just wish it came in a color besides black, maybe white, silver, or brushed AL. Gunmetal is okay but I would like to see some more color choices like red, blue, green, maybe even a yellow just go wild.
Also if one was going to put a big rad in the front of the case where would you put the reservoir? I woud assume that the optical bays would hold the SSDs so is their room between the power supply and the rad for the reservoir?
Good review just wish they had it in another color besides black.Quote

26-04-2013, 11:55:42

andyvee
Quote:
Originally Posted by lwatcdr View Post
Good review and the case looks good as well. I just wish it came in a color besides black, maybe white, silver, or brushed AL. Gunmetal is okay but I would like to see some more color choices like red, blue, green, maybe even a yellow just go wild.
Also if one was going to put a big rad in the front of the case where would you put the reservoir? I woud assume that the optical bays would hold the SSDs so is their room between the power supply and the rad for the reservoir?
Good review just wish they had it in another color besides black.

Got to be honest and say it was'nt really TTL's finest review ( and there has been lots ) , no mockup of 2 140mm fans in the front and did'nt see it mentioned that the SSD bays can also be mounted on top of the 3.5" bays , think he was too focussed on getting out the door .Quote

26-04-2013, 14:46:02

d6bmg
A tiny but feature filled Obsidian chassis from Corsair.
And, good review.Quote

26-04-2013, 16:32:11

UkGouki
like i said on the video i want this case... can move my sons amd pc into it instead of the mini atx acer case it currently sits in but that will be in about a year and half when the warrenty is up...Quote

30-04-2013, 21:50:42

Choklitmlk
thats actually a gorgeous case.. i wonder if (with a few minor mods) i could get my current rig in there.. hmm, food for thought! might wait to see what the next gen has to offer, couple little things id like to see added to this case to make it ideal for meQuote

30-04-2013, 22:00:10

STUNT
Quote:
Originally Posted by Choklitmlk View Post
thats actually a gorgeous case.. i wonder if (with a few minor mods) i could get my current rig in there.. hmm, food for thought! might wait to see what the next gen has to offer, couple little things id like to see added to this case to make it ideal for me

I think you could fit it in with a couple of mods (mostly cable shortening) but it would look almost the same as the cases are so similar.Quote

01-05-2013, 21:11:17

Vegeta
Almost perfect, but it NEEDS to be push/pull in the roof with an H100

Don't you think so?

Eagerly awaiting the WC guide for this case! Quote

02-05-2013, 00:07:24

STUNT
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegeta View Post
Almost perfect, but it NEEDS to be push/pull in the roof with an H100

Don't you think so?

Eagerly awaiting the WC guide for this case!
No IMO
It´s a mATX case, if you put extra room for push/pull, why not for a bigger rad? like a 60mm 360.. add it some cm more and it would end up looking like the 900D xDQuote
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