Details of the Corsair Obsidian 1000D super tower case leaked on Amazon after a listing was posted on the e-commerce website. A product page was also created on Corsair’s official website which now serves a 404 error. The Obsidian 500D was announced in CES 2018 without any mention of the Obsidian 1000D. With this leak, Corsair might announce their new flagship case in a month or directly at Computex 2018 in June. Before this listing, the 1000D was also listed on a Dutch website a month ago (not listed anymore), pointed out first on Reddit.
At Computex 2017, we got to take a look at two prototype cases at Corsair’s suite. One of them was the Concept Slate that was a huge super tower capable of supporting two system builds simultaneously. We were told that few features of this prototype will eventually arrive on their future cases. But it looks like that prototype has finally taken the shape of the Obsidian 1000D.
The Obsidian series has always been catered for enthusiasts where the 900D has been their flagship for the last five years. It was a brilliant case for what it offered, automatically becoming our choice for our insane PC build back in 2014. PC cases have gone through several upgrades since then, and it was high time that Corsair launched a new successor. Looking at the leaked details, the 1000D definitely builds upon the existing legacy by adding support for a dual-system setup and some trending features.
The Amazon listing priced the Obsidian 1000D (model: CC-9011115-WW) at $500 along with a few specifications.
A product page was also made live temporarily by Corsair, revealing all the specifications. It doesn’t exist anymore but Reddit user clar1ty1488 was able to grab a screenshot (attached below).
Several product images were also leaked along with the Amazon listing that gives us a clear idea of how the case will look like. It seems that the Obsidian 500D design is going to be the new Obsidian aesthetic since it is being followed on the 1000D as well. The curved front tempered glass panel along with the hinged tempered glass side panels are present. We aren’t sure yet whether an aluminium front panel variant will be available like the 500D. The same but a slightly modified top panel is used on the 1000D compared to the 500D. Considering all the features we saw on the Concept Slate and the leaked images, we’ll be looking at the various aspects where the case improves over the 900D.
All the upgrades from the 900D
Starting off with dimensions of the cabinet, both of them are almost the same size. The 1000D is slightly wider to support all the eight fans on the front panel. While the 900D could accommodate a maximum GPU length of 500mm, the 1000D specifies only 400mm. This is surprising since the depth of the cabinet is the same and it should be able to accommodate the same GPU length.
There were 10 expansion slots on the 900D but now the 1000D will support only 8 slots for your PCI-e cards. Earlier, the bottom of the case was reserved for the PSU(s) and some room for extra cables while supporting fans on both the side panels. In the newer model, they’ve dropped the idea of the bottom zone and only included a shroud for the PSU(s). This leaves a lot of room on the top for thick radiators and you’d still be left with space up there. While there’s no mention of the maximum lengths of the two PSUs, a build video of the Concept Slate on Linus Tech Tips confirms them. You can install an ATX power supply for your primary system while an SFX power supply can be installed behind the motherboard plate.
The primary system can support up to an E-ATX or SSI-EEB motherboard while the secondary system can be a mini-ITX build. As mentioned earlier, eight expansion slots mean that you won’t be able to install a 10-slot HPTX and XL-ATX motherboard. The secondary system can be installed on top of the PSU shroud like we saw on the Concept Slate. There’s also one vertical expansion slot near the PSU shroud dedicated to the secondary system. Even after two systems are installed, you will have a tremendous amount of space to play around with custom-loop water cooling solutions. There are several mounting locations for pump and reservoirs right beside the PSU shroud.
Fan support is amazing in the cabinet. You can install eight 120mm fans on the front, three 140mm fans on the top and two 120/140mm fans on the rear panel. The case doesn’t support fans near the bottom of the side panels anymore. On the 900D, there was support for four fans no each side of the case. The massive fan support on the front panel has been possible since the optical drive has been removed now. Earlier, you could only install a maximum of three 120mm fans on the front panel while the top portion had four ODD trays. An interesting and useful feature is the sliding out fan mounts present on both the top and front panel. This will make it easier to install the fans. Also, the Corsair Commander Pro fan and lighting controller is integrated behind the plate. This will allow you to connect the extra fans and LED strips at one place if you run out of headers on the motherboards.
Radiator support is also massive. The front panel is capable of holding not one but up to two 480mm radiators. On the top, you can add up to a 420mm radiator while on the rear panel you can install up to a 240mm radiator. Both the front and top panel have magnetic dust filters as seen on the Obsidian 500D.
While cable management was great on the 900D, the inclusion of a tempered glass side panel demands a clean setup. So, Corsair added hinged-doors behind the motherboard plate that closes over the cabling and hides all the mess. There are enough tie-slits to route your cables with enough space to route them across the cabling area. These doors contain the six SSD trays, three on each door. Near the bottom, you will find five trays for HDDs.
Finally, we come to the exteriors of the 1000D. It’s been given a design overhaul with tempered glass and some RGB lighting. Both the tempered glass side panels are hinged, so it’s now easier to access the interiors. A curved aluminium piece is present on the glass that has magnets to attach to the cabinet. And most of all, it looks beautiful with the smoked tint seen on the Obsidian 500D. The same smoked tint is carried on the front tempered glass panel which is curved and has an RGB Corsair logo.
The front IO ports include two USB 3.1 Type-C ports and four USB 3.0 Type-A ports. Case manufacturers are slowly moving towards including Type-C ports on the front IO ports and it’s great to see the flagship adding two of them. The 900D included two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports which were great for its time. It would have been great if lighting control was also present on the IO panel. The edges of the ports are illuminated with fancy RGB lighting. Apart from them, you’ll find a power and reset button, and HD audio ports.
For now, that’s all we know about the Obsidian 1000D which is pretty much everything there is apart from the minor details. We don’t have any information on when Corsair plans to release it.