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Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro-ATX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 8, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Corsair

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The Obsidian 350D is actually specified as a mid-tower chassis, but this one will only take on a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard. The chassis only stands 17.7" tall, is 17.3" deep, and is 8.3" in width. This chassis is mostly steel in construction, and as for the outside of the chassis, only the bezel, feet, and the large window are made of plastic. The front of the chassis is very flat and offers black brushed aluminum running from top to bottom, even over the pair of 5.25" bay covers. The left side of the chassis offers a flat panel, and centered with just more than an inch on all sides is the window to view inside the chassis. In the back you have only five expansion slots, three potential holes for water cooling, and room at the bottom for a PSU. The left side of the chassis is just a flat expanse of steel with textured paint like the rest of the chassis has.


Internally there is a nice layout for all of the components. At the top of the front you have the tool-free bays for the 5.25" drives, and hanging below is a removable plastic rack for 2.5" drive. After a large gap that allows the 120mm fan to be installed in the front to blow into the chassis, there is also a rack for a pair of 3.5" drives on the floor. The motherboard tray is dropped down since the largest motherboard that can fit is a Micro-ATX, this way AI/Os and custom loop radiators can be installed at the top with no interference. The tray itself offers a huge access hole for the CPU cooler back plate, as well as offering six large wire management holes, and ten places to attach wiring behind it. In the rear of the chassis you have the second and final 120mm fan installed there, and the five expansion slot covers are held in with thumbscrews, inside of the chassis.


As I look around at the time of writing, it seems that the 350D is not quite ready for sale at this moment. What I am seeing is pre-orders in any e-tailer I am seeing this chassis. Amazon is listing the chassis for $104.99, offers free shipping, but shows shipping will take one to three months. I also see a listing on Newegg, the same one that went live way too early, is now showing as discontinued with no mention of pricing now. The third option to obtain this chassis is to order direct from Corsair at $109.99 for the chassis, but are also listing zero quantity as I write this.


So, if the Corsair Obsidian 350D seems like the right chassis for your next build, you may have to wait just a little bit to obtain yours.

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