While everyone has been trying to build awesome Mini-ITX systems over the past year there has been just as many people building Micro-ATX systems. Mirco-ATX definitely has the benefit over Mini-ITX as far as performance and the ability to have more than one video card installed. It seems that Corsair has created the perfect case for people who are trying to do just that.
We have never known Corsair for flashy cases and I really think that is a good thing. Like most of their cases the 350D is sleek and elegant. The brushed aluminum front bezel looks great and the side panel window will allow you to show off all of your installed hardware.
Corsair definitely knew what they were going for when they put all of the features together for this case. Starting inside they actual favor 2.5-inch hard drives over 3.5-inch drives. There are three 2.5-inch hard drive mounts and only two 3.5-inch ones. The 2.5-inch hard drive mounts are brilliant. All you have to do is slide your solid state drive in and it locks it into place, it really is that simple. Corsair could have installed more 3.5-inch drive mounts, but they left the section open for users who have longer video cards.
While there are only two fan included with the case (140mm intake & 120mm exhaust) there is actually room for a total of 5 fans. And if you plan on doing watercooling 240mm radiators will fit on both the front and top of the case. In our case we installed Corsair’s own H80i liquid cooling system. Talking about installation it was incredibly smooth and I did not encounter any issues at all.
When it comes down to it if you are building a high performance Micro-ATX system this is the perfect case for it. And at only $99 at my favorite online retailer you really can’t go wrong! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Case a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
- Sleek design
- Room for lots of SSDs
- Room for long video cards
- Easy installation
- USB 3.0 support
- None that I found