Better Late Than Never: Corsair Obsidian 900D/750D and Spec01/02/03 Feature Overview

Corsair is a busy company. Over the years they’ve been busier – foraying into newer territories. But I feel Corsair’s root are in their cases and power supplies, and memory – three things that lunged them into a significant name in the market. If we look back at the last year for Corsair, we will see for computer system enclosures (things we call cabinets, or cases), Corsair has revamped their lineup significantly. Prior to this we had the Obsidian 800D sitting on top of their product stack, an age old design that was too long in the tooth for its expandability and features. Similar thing happened with their budget cases as well, the Carbide 400R and 500R were good cabinets in their own right, but the 300R and 200R and 100R represented an evolution of the same design. So if a user didn’t like the 400R/500R, there was little incentive for him to consider the stripped down versions of the same. Thankfully, Corsair paid heed to the market demands and produced two updates to their case lines.

The Obsidian cases received two new members – the 750D, and the 900D. The 750D is a replacement of the old 700D, while the 900D replaces the 800D. With these two cases, Corsair also redesigned the Obsidian lineup in both internal and external aspects. Also worth noting that both the cases have ample liquid cooling support. One may think that the increasing demand for cases with native watercooling support prompted for this change, but Corsair specifically states that these cases can be used in an all-aircooled build as well, something that many users had complained about the 700D/800D. The gargantuan 900D is clearly the bolder step among the two, challenging competition from boutique cabinet manufacturers like Caselabs, and placing it in niche territory. Corsair doesn’t seem to be perturbed by this fact though and believe that if you need a completely decked out build, you will consider the 900D.

The Spec line of cases are on a completely opposite spectrum. The need for a new lineup was inevitable here, to diversify Corsair’s existing lineup and providing users with more choices if not anything else. The aesthetics have been upped to a more gaming-centric, edgy design and LED fans now come as default (LED variations of their AF120/140). Plus we have slightly shifted location for the top fans, possibly allowing for closed loop liquid coolers (but the little space may not allow installation). We have three mid-towers with almost similar design and feature-sets. The middle hard disc cages are removed, allowing longer graphic card installations. Corsair has also made sure that the side panel windows are default for all three cases which is a nice step towards allowing people to showcase their builds, another trend that is on the rise.

Today we’ll go through the features of these five cases one by one. This is not a review, but just a feature overview.

Corsair Obsidian Series 750D

  • Generous expansion room for building high-performance systems
  • Includes three AF140L fans, with room for up to eight fans
  • Modular drive cage system for highly customizable layouts
  • Designed for fast and straightforward builds


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Description

The Obsidian Series 750D full tower PC case combines generous expansion flexibility, room for advanced cooling options, and an interior that’s optimized for fast and easy builds and upgrades. It has a clean, elegant exterior that dispenses with arbitrary plastic add-ons in exchange for the beauty of brushed aluminum and solid steel. This rigid, rugged exterior surrounds a frame that has ample room for high-performance components and the sophisticated cooling you’ll need if you’re going to push those components to their limits. And, it incorporates a host of clever system builder-focused features, because building a system should be straightforward, trouble-free, and even fun.

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It’s time to put away the toys.

Obsidian Series 750D has a clean, elegant exterior that dispenses with arbitrary plastic add-ons in exchange for the beauty of brushed aluminum and solid steel. This rigid, rugged exterior surrounds a frame that has ample room for high-performance components and the sophisticated cooling you’ll need if you’re going to push those components to their limits. And, it incorporates a host of clever builder-focused features, because we know that building a system should be straightforward, trouble-free, and even fun.

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The room you need when you’re getting serious.

Nine expansion slots are just the beginning. You also have the room to install up to 10 drives. Thinking outside the box for your storage? There are four USB ports on the brushed aluminum front panel.

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Your system. Your cooling.

The three included Corsair AF140L high-airflow 140mm intake and exhaust fans are custom engineered to deliver excellent airflow with less unnecessary turbulence and noise. And if you’re not stopping there, you can mount up to eight fans, with room for dual radiators on the bottom, front, and top.

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Take control of your storage.

No two custom high-performance PCs are alike, and our modular drive mounting system respects this. There are four separate mounting locations for the drive cages, and if you’re moving to 100% solid-state, you can remove the 3.5” cages entirely and use the four side-mounted 2.5” cages.

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Like all Corsair cases, Obsidian Series 750D is designed for fast, neat, and satisfying builds. The side panels and expansion slots use thumb screws, and storage installation is tool-free. A clever center-post standoff holds the motherboard in place while you secure it, and the dust filters are easily accessible and removable. Our innovative cable routing system has multiple cutouts with rubber grommets for superior airflow and a cleaner look, and the CPU backplate cutout lets you install or upgrade your CPU cooling without removing the motherboard. In short, the 750D makes assembly, upgrades, and maintenance quick and easy.

Corsair Obsidian Series 900D

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The Obsidian Series 900D offers never-before-seen watercooling and aircooling flexibility and expansion for advanced builders.

Features

The Obsidian Series 900D Super Tower PC case is the platform of choice for your next ultimate dream PC. Whether you’re integrating state-of-the-art liquid or air cooling, building a quad-GPU, dual-CPU graphics powerhouse, creating a monster file server, or even all of the above in one incredible system, 900D makes it happen.

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It’s not just big – Obsidian Series 900D has been carefully engineered for fast builds, easy upgrades and flexible expansion. The aluminum frame and solid steel panels give 900D the rigidity and strength you need for multiple teardowns and rebuilds, and the brushed aluminum fascia completes the look of understated overkill.

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid-Tower Gaming Case

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Features

  • Aggressive styling backed by superior ergonomics
  • Huge side panel window
  • Tool-free side panel removal
  • LED front fan draws cool air directly over your graphics cards
  • USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on front panel
  • Mounting points for up to five fans
  • Four 3.5” / 2.5” combo drive bays

Description


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Carbide Series SPEC-01 is proof that great looks, smart design, and durable construction don’t need to be pricy, and that basic doesn’t need to be boring. You get aggressive styling, a huge side panel window for admiring your components, and an LED-lit front intake fan that draws cool air directly to your graphics cards.

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Inside, there’s room for up to five fans, and the four combination hard drive / SSD trays make storage installation and upgrades quick and easy. Cable routing cutouts help you reduce clutter, and the built-in dust filters help protect your components. Up front, the USB 3.0 port gets you up to speed with the latest high-performance storage devices.

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid-Tower Gaming Case

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Rugged and flexible, with high airflow for high performance system builds.

Features

  • Aggressive styling backed by superior ergonomics
  • Huge side panel window
  • Tool-free side panels
  • LED front fan draws cool air directly over your graphics cards
  • Mounting points for up to six fans
  • Supports three 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” SSDs with tool-free installation
  • Dual front panel USB 3.0 ports

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Carbide Series SPEC-02 is an aggressive gaming PC case with the superior air cooling you need if you’re running high-performance GPUs. The cleverly designed interior allows for the included LED-lit front intake fan to draw cold air directly to your graphics cards, and there’s room for up to six fans for massive cooling potential.

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There’s a huge side panel window that lets you admire your components, and the cable routing system and dust filters help you build a clean system and keep it clean, too. Tool-free installation of up to three 3.5” hard drives and two solid-state drives make it easy to add and upgrade storage. And, it’s easy to live with, too… the dual front panel USB 3.0 ports let you take advantage of the latest high-speed storage devices.

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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Mid-Tower Gaming Case

High airflow, industrial good looks, and an easy to use, modern layout.

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Features

  • Aggressive gaming-oriented design backed by superior ergonomics
  • Huge side panel window
  • Tool-free side panels and expansion slots
  • LED front fan draws cool air directly over your graphics cards
  • Mounting points for up to six fans
  • Supports three 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” SSDs with tool-free installation
  • Dual front-panel USB 3.0 ports

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Carbide Series SPEC-03 has an extremely aggressive, game-oriented design and superior air cooling for your high-performance GPUs. The cleverly designed interior allows for the included LED-lit front intake fan to draw cold air directly to your graphics cards, and there’s room for up to six fans for massive cooling potential.

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There’s a huge windowed side panel that lets you admire your work, and the cable routing system and dust filters help you build a clean system and keep it clean, too. Tool-free installation of up to three 3.5” hard drives and two solid-state drives make it easy to add and upgrade storage. And, it’s easy to live with, too — the dual front-panel USB 3.0 ports let you take advantage of the latest high-speed storage devices.

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Final Words:

All these five cases represent Corsair’s stride towards making their cabinet portfolio diverse and feature-heavy. They now have cases as budget as the Spec-01 to the niche, gigantic 900D – covering every market segment in between. No other cabinet manufacturer has this dense and distributed lineup as of now, and though that fact may change in near future, Corsair will be at advantage of introducing something first as they can do revisions first and release updates first as well. With tilt-shifts to this industry being fairly regular, steps like these are refreshing. The more options, the better for us consumers. Stay tuned for a full review, soon.

Suvojit Banerjee

Certified madman, reviewer, dreamer and storyteller. Did I miss adding 'a self-loathing narcissist'?