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Corsair Obsidian 350D Conclusion:
The Corsair Obsidian 350D has classic style and a rich blood line. The quality is top notch, which is no surprise from Corsair. I was impressed with the available space in a smaller case, and the cable management was right on the mark. The airflow is excellent in the smaller space. Corsair provides plenty of room here for graphics cards up to 380mm (14.96 inches) in length. That's HD 7990 territory! Mounting the SSDs is a simple matter of pushing the SSD into the mount and "click" - you are done. The PSU filter and the front filter are also easy to remove for quick cleaning. And finally some consistency from a manufacturer that makes cases with space to run the power lead for the CPU; a feature seen on the vast majority of Corsair chassis. No longer do you have to contort your fingers trying to bend the plug into place and this is a big plus in my book.
While there are plenty of pluses there are two things that were minor issues. The first was the front radiator mount, which I did not attempt. There is indeed enough room for a front 240mm radiator and two fans, but you need to remove the hard drive cage and the SSD cage. While removing the cages is not a problem, there really aren't any provisions for relocating the drive cages without doing some fabrication. However there is plenty of room up top and that is the direction I chose. The second thing and most troubling is the way the optical drive looks when installed. After you remove the blank plate (with the nice brushed aluminum finish) and install the optical drive, there is no finish trim. The optical drive sits recessed and it just looks odd to me. If you don't install an optical drive, then this will not be a problem. And really, neither of these are show stoppers with the majority of users looking for a smaller chassis.
The windowed case is available at Newegg for $109.99, and the non-windowed case is $69.99 after a $20 rebate. If you are planning on building a system based on an ITX or Mini ATX motherboard, then you won't be disappointed with the 350D - especially if you want to live on the wild side and go with a full on water cooling system. You get all of what makes Corsair cases some of the best on the market with excellent visuals to go along with the function and form.
- Support for up to a 240mm front and top radiator
- Great cable management / space
- Tool-free drive bays
- Support for long GPUs
- Easy filter cleaning
- Compact size (if you have limited computer space)
- Could use a special face plate for the optical drive