The Obsidian 700D differs from the 800D in that it no longer includes the 4 hot-swap SATA bays and replaces them fixed SATA internal bays for a total of six 3.5-in bays and five 5.25-in bays. You can see from the photo above that the side panel window has also been removed, rounding out the only two changes that differentiate the 700D from the 800D.
The Obsidian 700D will be available in April and should sell for about $50 less than its older brother that is on Newegg today for $289. That is still going to make the Obsidian 700D one of the more expensive enthusiast cases on the market, but one we will love none-the-less.
If you haven’t seen our video review of the Obsidian 800D, I have included it here for reference.
Corsair launches Obsidian Series 700D High-Performance Chassis
New chassis builds on success of the award-winning Obsidian Series 800D
FREMONT, California, February 17, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the Obsidian Series 700D High-Performance computer chassis, based on the award-winning Obsidian Series 800D chassis.
The new Obsidian Series 700D has been designed by Corsair to offer enthusiasts with a high-performance chassis that retains many of the key features and dimensions of the hugely popular Obsidian 800D. The Obsidian Series 700D replaces the four hot-swap SATA disk drive bays of the 800D with four fixed SATA bays. The total number of drives bays remains the same at six 3.5 inch (2.5 inch compatible) bays, and five 5.25 inch bays. The windowed side-panel of the 800D is also replaced by a solid side panel for the 700D.
“From the moment we announced the Obsidian Series 800D chassis, enthusiasts were captivated by its unique combination of features, looks and performance, and the fact that it is a true builders’ chassis,” said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. “Our goal with the Obsidian Series 700D is to offer a chassis that retains the essence of what made the 800D so popular, but at a lower price point, allowing a wider range of consumers to build their own Corsair Dream PC.”
With the exception of the elimination of the hot-swap SATA bays and associated front panel changes, and the change to the windowed side-panel, the Obsidian Series 700D is identical to the 800D, boasting the same innovative multi-zone cooling system, removable CPU backplate for easy heatsink installation, tool-free 5.25 inch drive installation, and sophisticated cable-management system. Like the 800D, the 700D also features the capability to add a triple 120mm radiator, making it ideal for high-end, liquid-cooled Dream PCs. The 700D is built using the same high-quality, durable materials and retains 800D’s sleek, sophisticated looks.
The Obsidian Series 700D is supplied with a two year limited warranty and is backed up by Corsair’s legendary customer service and technical support. It will be available in April through Corsair’s worldwide network of authorized resellers.
Images of the Corsair Obsidian Series 700D can be downloaded from here. The 700D will also be on display in the Corsair booth at CEBIT, Planet Reseller, Hall 15, Booth D56.
Founded in 1994, Corsair specializes in premium, high-performance peripherals and components for personal computers. Corsair’s award-winning products are the delight of the world’s most demanding hardware enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.corsair.com.
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