mATX Case Final Thoughts
The Corsair Obsidian 350D is honestly everything I could want in an M-ATX case. It provides a beautiful platform that will easily handle a multitude of configurations. As long as the enthusiast builds around the minor size constraints each enthusiast should be able to make the Corsair Obsidian 350D fit their needs. One gripe I have is that I wish Corsair had included a full complement of 140mm fans. Because the 350D ships with only two fans in the system, an enthusiast should expect to add two to three 140MM fans to increase the cooling performance of the 350D to accommodate the couple hundred extra watts heat that will be output from the system if a second video card is added to the system.
Corsair Obsidian 350D Conclusion
The Obsidian 350D performs superbly keeping an i5-3570K under 50C after 30 minutes of prime95 and the GTX 580 under 85C after 30 min of Furmark all of this while keeping extremely quiet. This is exactly what I expect out of a case, it keeps my system cool, while keeping noise at a minimum. If a second large video card is added, it should be expected that the enthusiast would need to beef up the cooling system with some more 140mm fans for both the intake and the exhaust.
Following the lead of the 800D and the 650D, the Corsair Obsidian 350D keeps the dark brushed metal exterior of its brothers. It looks great from every angle, and I am very happy to have this in my living room for everyone to see.
Just like the rest of the Obsidian line the 350D is extremely well built, all seams match up perfectly, even up front, were we have multiple panels that go together perfectly. Clearly, Corsair stands behind their product also as they provide a two-year warranty should something go wrong.
Beyond the most powerful systems, the Corsair Obsidian 350D is able to accommodate almost any configuration. It can hold not one but two of the most powerful video cards on the market and keep them cool once some additional fans are added to the system. If users would like to have lots of storage, or have more than two video cards, this is not the case for them, this is due to the size constraints provide by an M-ATX system and something that an enthusiast should have already thought about when they were determining if the Corsair Obsidian 350D is the case for them.
Although not for sale yet, the official MSRP for the Corsair Obsidian 350D is $99.99 (Newegg | Amazon), completely on the other end of the spectrum when compared to the $379.99 of the Corsair Obsidian 900D. For the price, the enthusiast gets extremely functional, beautiful case that performs admirably stock and can have its cooling performance enhanced with extra 140mm fans in the future. This price is extremely fair and Corsair has a really winner with the 350D.
If asked, “Should I buy the Corsair Obsidian 350D?” my answer would be an emphatic “YES!”. Corsairs first M-ATX case is near perfect, it provides a beautiful exterior, an easy to work with interior and expandability without being massive. Because of all of these positives, I am very proud to award the Corsair Obsidian 350D with Benchmarks Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
+ Beautiful exterior
+ Able to accommodate full size videos cards up to 12.2″
+ Cable management made easy through the user of rubber grommets and plentiful space behind the motherboard tray
+ High quality at a very affordable price
+ Able to fit large CPU coolers without need about worrying about space
- In order to increase cooling performance users will have to buy at least 2-3 140mm fans to the system
- Performance: 9.00
- Appearance: 10.0
- Construction: 10.0
- Functionality: 8.75
- Value: 9.50
Final Score: 9.45 out of 10.
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