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Corsair 700D case review

The ultimate PC case?

Corsair 700d case

I can't stress quite what an imposing object the Corsair 700D is. It sits about as tall as a Rottweiler and looks no less menacing.

There's easily enough space inside to install towering CPU coolers of any description without fiddling around and losing screws that would otherwise, inevitably, end up rolling around just between the motherboard and backplate.

Three way SLI setups are easy for the 700D, and more than just being handy for installing parts, the space makes it easier to keep everything cool.

The routing holes for all your cables help maintain a strong airflow also, in addition to giving a reassuring pat on the back to the most fastidiously tidy PC enthusiasts.

The 700D's features may seem like bourgeois frills at first, but build up a system inside one and you'll be loathe to give them up in your next case.

Corsair has made a large removable backplate on the 700D for installing the rear mounted section of a CPU cooler, which once again eradicates fiddling. Many cases boast this feature now, but the 700D has certainly one of the biggest.

In terms of PC performance, it's rare to ever feel that your case is holding your system back, but if you ever have felt like this, Corsair has clearly read your mind.

In the 700D, one could really go to town with cooling options. The fans supplied with the case aren't in abundance and aren't as large or powerful as other cases on the market from cooling experts like Thermaltake, but Corsair has priced the 700D to a market that's unlikely to scrimp on cooling options and rely on stock case options anyway.

We liked:

Despite its rather dour visual appearance, Corsair's 700D is an extreme and open-minded case. The sheer space inside offers a lot of flexibility for system building and cooling options, and nice touches like cable routing take inspiration from the kind of features many case modders make for themselves.

Unlike most homemade cases though, Corsair have exercised a lot of restraint in terms of LEDs, chrome, and windows.

We disliked:

If you consider this an oversight, this stern black obelisk will not excite you for your money.

Final word:

For serious system builders looking to house their high-end systems in a perfectly functioning, subtle environment, it doesn't get much better than the 700D.

Tech Specs

Product TypeComputer Case
Number of External 3.5" Bays6
Number of External 5.25" Bays5
Number of Power Supplies Supported1
Front USBYes
Front FireWireYes
Front Audio InYes
Front Audio OutYes
Number of Total Expansion Bays11
Product FamilyObsidian
ColourBlack
Brand NameCorsair
Form FactorFull-tower
Motherboard SupportedATX, µATX, EATX
Number of Fans Supported7
Number of Fans Installed3
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Total Number of USB Ports4
Total Number of FireWire Ports1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports1
Height609 mm
Width229 mm
Depth609 mm
ManufacturerCorsair
Product Model700D
Product NameObsidian 700D Chassis
Product LineObsidian
Manufacturer Part NumberCC700D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.corsair.com
Marketing Information

The Obsidian Series 700D is built to last through years of motherboard, power, memory, cooling, and component upgrades. The steel structure has a matte black coating both inside out and is finished with a brushed aluminum faceplate for a professional look that's both serious and awe-inspiring.

Limited Warranty2 Year