Corsair Obsidian 350DW Review: Fully Featured on a Budget

By on August 12, 2013, 11:45 PM

Branded the Obsidian 350D, the newcomer crams its sibling's features into an affordable microATX package and sports the same clean, black brushed-aluminum finish, handy tool-free design and innovative cable management. While the base 350D is available for around $90, a second edition goes for $110 and has a window (as indicated by the addition of a W to the model number: 350DW).

Both editions are enthusiast-worthy, with enough internal space for liquid cooling, several 2.5", 3.5" and 5.25" drives as well as dual full-length graphics cards, five expansion slots and five fan mounting points that have room for two 240mm radiators. Between its features, price and our affinity for tiny cases, the 350D has the potential to become one of our top picks -- certainly among Corsair's own offerings.

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St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Wow, leaving a case out in the rain? Err... interesting. Now I shall read the whole review.

Xtreme gamer said:

Rain looks sideways. Windy day?

Or is someone just watering it with a garden hose?

4 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Rain looks sideways. Windy day?

Or is someone just watering it with a garden hose?

How else do you get a full size case? Gotta give it water so it will grow. It's only a micro-ATX case at the moment. lol

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Steve Steve said:

Wow, leaving a case out in the rain? Err... interesting. Now I shall read the whole review.

I am surprised don't you water your PC? Like cliffy said how will it grow? I expect to have a 900D in a few weeks time.

Rain looks sideways. Windy day?

Or is someone just watering it with a garden hose?

Forrest Gump: We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain... and big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.

4 people like this | Guest said:

Nah, it's just water cooling.

2 people like this | St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Is there a limit to the daily 'likes' I can dispense? Because I may run out if this thread continues.

The HDD limitation is probably okay, as one SSD and two platters will fit, which is generally enough for people.

grvalderrama said:

Love the case, loved it because it's small. It's about time that I upgrade my pc, and surely this case will do well.

Guest said:

I have the 550D? I think it was, the case is huge, but I love the thing, all acoustically insulated, very plain design (I hate windows and stuff in a case).

Guest said:

Do you guys plan to do any performance tests for this case? I'd love to see some operating temperatures for this case, and comparisons with the Silverstone Sugo SG10

MrBungle said:

I built a computer for my aunt in a corsair 350D and it was a real pleasure to work with; very easy to build and keep everything tidy inside.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

If you want the best-looking + the quietest case in one - go for Obsidian 550D. I have been using it for 1 month now, and the case is amazing.

If somebody has any concerns about its capacity - I got it with GTX 780 and biggest cooler I've seen - Noctua NH-D14 - all fit without problems.

Guest said:

I don't know what were they thinking or how many people doesn't seem to mind how it look once you have the front optic drive install etc. The case seem to me incomplete.

dexterkarthik dexterkarthik said:

Wow still running 5870 like me , but in cross-fire!

I am badly looking for the default 5870 backplate. Please send it to me before discarding it or just ship those to me

JC713 JC713 said:

If only this was an ATX case! I hate the looks of the 300R-500R, and this would be perfect since it has the features of higher end cases, while still maintaining the 200Rs simple and functional look.

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Steve Steve said:

If you want the best-looking + the quietest case in one - go for Obsidian 550D. I have been using it for 1 month now, and the case is amazing.

The point of the 350D is to offer a smaller version of the 550D, hence the mATX. It's not meant to replace the 550D so if you want the 550D you can still buy that. But if you want a smaller mATX case then the 350D is obviously a better option.

If only this was an ATX case! I hate the looks of the 300R-500R, and this would be perfect since it has the features of higher end cases, while still maintaining the 200Rs simple and functional look.

Whats wrong with the 550D that a few members in this thread have already mentioned they own?

JC713 JC713 said:

Does the 550D have enough airflow to compete with a less "quiet-oriented" case?

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Does the 550D have enough airflow to compete with a less "quiet-oriented" case?

What is "enough airflow"? In mine I have GTX 780, i7-4770 @ 4.6GHz and the monstrous Noctua NH-D14, all three are happy, incredibly quiet and cool. Must be "enough airflow"?

JC713 JC713 said:

What is "enough airflow"? In mine I have GTX 780, i7-4770 @ 4.6GHz and the monstrous Noctua NH-D14, all three are happy, incredibly quiet and cool. Must be "enough airflow"?

Oh ok. I didnt think these quiet cases cooled that well.

Guest said:

Does anyone know if the Corsair HX 650W can fit into the Obsidian 350D? Based purely on specs, the height of the PSU is the maximum height allowed for the case. Anyone have any experience trying this?

Guest said:

Never mind, ignore the last comment. Sites keep confusing me by switching the order of their dimensions... WxHxL v. WxLxH

Jack Reacher said:

Wow still running 5870 like me , but in cross-fire!

I am badly looking for the default 5870 backplate. Please send it to me before discarding it or just ship those to me

I still use 5870 x-Fire on one of my rigs. So far they can blow through any of the games to date.

I liked that case a lot considering I like liquid cooling. Finding places to put a large radiator in a mini-ATX case can be daunting. Also, I checked and Newegg lists it as a "Aluminum - Steel Case". They might have saved $2.00 by using some steel instead of all aluminum. woo-hoo! (Dumb)

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