This year when I was shown around the suite at CES in Las Vegas, Corsair had plans for two new chassis designs to enter the Obsidian series of cases. The first of them is a huge tower chassis that takes all of what made the 800D such a success, along with some redesigns and new ways of looking at solving problems of the previous designs, and if not for some shipping delays, I would have already shown you the new 900D. The chassis we are about to look at is more of a succession on the other side of the Obsidian offerings. Much like the 650D and 550D, where things were simplified, but yet kept the simple and elegant aesthetic that everyone likes about the Obsidian series, this new chassis is not a full-tower design, and not truly a mid-tower design either.
The idea behind this latest design was to give people who loved the previous cases in the Obsidian series a chance to get in to what they have to offer, but doing so in a much smaller area. As we all have seen, some of the coolest builds out there are based off Micro-ATX motherboards, without over filling the feature set with a bunch of irrelevant options that nobody will actually use. With this design, things are very straight forward, and both on the outside and on the inside, very cool changes are made to allow for better air flow, more interior spacing, and delivering it all in a sleek Obsidian packaging. What really helps keep the height down, and allows for some of that additional space is the fact that this chassis is designed for a Micro ATX motherboard - and I tried - and ATX motherboard will not line up well at all.
This new chassis is the Obsidian 350D that Corsair has sent over for testing. In this design you are currently left with two options. First is an all steel chassis that is painted black throughout, and offers a brushed aluminum fascia. The second option will come with all of those options, but also offers a very large clear window in the left panel. As our readers may know, I was just in the market for a chassis just like this for a build I had planned, but ended up with a Fractal Design solution. Considering these two cases are right in line with each other, you can see just as I will if maybe I may have jumped into a chassis too early, and maybe I should have waited for this instead.
There is quite a bit to cover in this Micro-ATX chassis called the Obsidian 350D, so get comfortable as I take you on this ride.