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Corsair Obsidian 1000D Watercooled Dual System – Part 2

Corsair Obsidian 1000D started life as Project Slate at Computex 2017 with the key features of support for dual systems and a colossal amount of cooling hardware. The Corsair suite at the Hyatt had Slate positioned in a dark corner to make absolutely certain we got the full impact of the extensive RGB lighting.

Corsair highlights the fact that the Obsidian 1000D support 21 fans out of the box with 16 at the front (that’s two 480mm radiators with fans arranged in push/pull), three fans in the roof and two at the rear. Corsair had populated the entire collection and the result was impressive, so it took us a while to appreciate the 1000D is supplied without any fans at all. When you consider that a triple pack of Corsair LL120 fans costs £90, well, you can do the maths.

The other talking point about the Corsair Obsidian 1000D is the support for dual systems with E-ATX in the main chamber and a Mini-ITX system towards the bottom of the case. If you take this approach you’ll require two of everything, including motherboards, CPUs, graphics, power supplies, RAM and cooling systems. Naturally we couldn’t resist going for the maximum so we arranged a massive pile of components and got stuck in.

Watch part 1 of the video via our VIMEO Channel (Below) or over on YouTube at 2160p HERE

Watch part 2 of the video via our VIMEO Channel (Below) or over on YouTube at 2160p HERE

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Specification of Corsair Obsidian 1000D
Motherboard support: E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX (Primary), Mini-ITX (Secondary)
Expansion slots: 8 (Primary), 2 (Secondary)
Included fans: None.
Fan mounts: 3x 120mm/2x 140mm front, 2x 120/140mm roof, 1x 120mm rear, 1x 120mm floor.
120mm radiator mounts: 2x 480mm/360mm/240mm/120mm front, (2x 480mm/360mm/240mm/120mm roof with accessories), 1x 240mm/120mm rear.
140mm radiator mounts: 1x 420mm/280mm/140mm roof.
5.25-inch drive bays: None.
Internal drive bays: 5x 3.5-inch/2.5-inch, 6x 2.5-inch.
Power supply: ATX (Primary), SFX-L (Secondary)
Weight: 37.5kg
Dimensions: 693mm H x 697mm D x 307mm W.

The Corsair Obsidian 1000D is an example of excess where every aspect is pushed to the limits. When we posted the first video just before Computex 2018 we did the bare minimum of editing and delivered a video that was nearly four hours in length. We wanted you to see the decision making process so you could appreciate the back and forth in our thinking as well as the up and down and, on occasion, the round and round.

The second video is one hour 50 minutes in length so in total you have about six hours of video, which should make it perfectly clear that certain aspects of the PC builds were an uphill struggle. The fundamental problem is the significant size of the 1000D, which in particular is very tall. To fill the space you want to use radiators at the front of the case and also at the top, ideally with fans in push/pull to increase the thickness of the cooling package. That works aesthetically however the approach creates a number of problems.

Most of us would rather locate a thick 480mm radiator on the floor of the case, however that is not possible with the 1000D in stock form. No doubt you could mod the case and rip out the drive housing that gets in the way on oh-so-many-occasions but as things stand the floor of the case is reserved for the power supplies and HDD storage.

If you are using a double chamber case the rear compartment might provide a good location for a radiator, however the 1000D simply doesn’t have the space in that dimension. Added to that you will have a great deal of cabling to hide away and it is bound to end up behind the right hand cover and those folding French doors.

To our mind the last place you want a large radiator is in the roof where it will potentially get in the way and any leak could have catastrophic consequences, however it makes sense from an aesthetic perspective. We started our build with a radiator up top and swiftly removed it because it seemed like a bad idea, instead choosing to install two 480mm radiators at the front.

It is a similar story with the pumps and reservoirs. Corsair has provided a mounting plate on top of the drive housing but it didn’t seem ideal so we instead mounted the units on fan brackets at the front of the case.

We decided to max out the storage in the 1000D, however that wasn’t as easy as it sounds. We were using the 1000D to build two systems, rather than modding or adapting the parts, so we wanted to make full use of the drive housing located in the middle of the case. WD sent us five 6TB Blue HDDs, along with a collection of Black, Blue and Green SSDs. The result is impressive in the sense that we had a colossal 33TB of storage and a great many devices connected to our motherboards. Balanced against that we had to use all the SATA data connections on the two motherboards (six on the ATX and four on the ITX), however we ran out of SATA power connections on the SFX and had to employ the ATX as that had loads of connections. As we discuss in the video we could have used Molex-to-SATA adapters but that would have added yet more cabling.

You will have seen in our videos that we faced decisions like these at various times during the build, and no doubt you have your own views how well we dealt with the various problems along the way. Whatever your views might be, if you leave a comment below you should feel free to add a link to your own custom PC build.

List of components and UK prices:
£450 Case: Corsair Obsidian 1000D

Main system:
£1590 CPU: Intel Core i9-7980XE
£1800 Graphics: 2x EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC
£570 Motherboard: Asus Rampage VI Extreme
£420 RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum SE DDR4-3466MHz
£380 SSD: WD Black 1TB
£200 2x 480GB WD Green
£200 2x 500GB Blue SSD
£765 5x 6TB WD Blue HDD
£440 Power supply: Corsair AX1600i
£64 CPU block: Alphacool Eisblock XPX
£256 GPU block: 2x Alphacool Eisblock GPX
£81 Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos XT30 480mm
£143 Pump/reservoir: EK-RES 140 D5 PWM
Alphacool fittings, all in black, all threads G1/4 or for 13mm hard tube
£90 12x Alphacool Eiszapfen 13mm at £7.54 each
£75 10x part 1014899 Eiszapfen G1/4 compression fitting.
£19 3x part 1011177 Eiszapfen L-connector G1/4 male to female.
£34 4x part 1011862 HT 13mm 90 L-connector compression fitting.
£43 5x part 1011175 rotatable 45 degree male/female
£61 6x part 1011179 rotatable double 45 degree male/female
£20 Tubing: Alphacool Eisrohr 13/10mm x 80cm
£11 Coolant: Mayhems Pastel Blue 1 Litre £11
£100 Windows 10
Total £7,362

Secondary system:
£320 CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
£540 Graphics: MSI Aero GTX 1080
£160 Motherboard: Supermicro C7Z370-CG-1W
£180 RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3000MHz
£160 SSD: WD Black 500GB
Storage:
£117 Power supply: Corsair SF600
£64 CPU block: Alphacool Eisblock XPX
£90 GPU block: Alphacool NexXxos GPX
£81 Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos XT30 480mm
£143 Pump/reservoir: EK-RES 140 D5 PWM
Fittings:
£60 8x part 1014899 Eiszapfen G1/4 compression fitting.
£25 4x part 1011177 Eiszapfen L-connector G1/4 male to female.
£43 5x part 1011862 HT 13mm 90 L-connector compression fitting.
£8 1x 1011175 rotatable 45 degree male/female
£30 3x part 1011179 rotatable double 45 degree male/female
£3 1x 10mm extender
£30 Tubing: Alphacool Eisrohr 13/10mm x 80cm
£11 Coolant: Mayhems Pastel 1 Litre £11
£100 Windows 10
Total £2,165

Grand total £9527

Closing Thoughts.

This feature is based on a review of the Corsair Obsidian 1000D, which means we took the case on its own terms. It is big, heavy, expensive, supports dual systems and only makes sense if you employ extensive liquid cooling. The fact that Corsair sells a huge number of RGB products and was happy to provide a great many LL120 fans and Commander Pro units inevitably meant we went down the ‘bling’ route, instead of constructing a serious workstation.

Take those points together and you will see we are not arguing whether dual systems make sense or how much liquid cooling is required for a high end PC. Instead we went down that route because we effectively had little choice in the matter.

When you look at other reviews of the Obsidian 1000D you will doubtless find instances where the builder used a tower air cooler or an All In One and while the finished PC may work perfectly well, here at KitGuru we feel it makes very little sense to use 1000D in that manner.

There is no doubt the 1000D is very large but that is not necessarily the same as saying that it is well designed for a Mega Build. We like the two sliding racks for the radiators as they can removed to make life easy when you install the radiators and fans. We are pleased to see that Corsair offers these racks in various configurations so you can customise the build pretty much any way you like. On the other hand cable management is hard going and it is quite a struggle to feed all the cables for the fans and RGB lighting to the correct place.

It is a similar story with the main compartment. Installing the ATX motherboard is easy, installing the ITX board is less easy and once all the graphics and cooling hardware are in place you are unlikely to be able to reach many of the components. We found that even the simplest task such as moving a fan connection on a motherboard required the skills of a surgeon.

This build took a long time and we are satisfied the results are functional, unique and interesting. We are also confident the same will be true for anyone else using a Corsair Obsidian 1000D as there is no chance of two builds coming out the same way twice as the permutations are simply too high for that to happen.

You can buy the Corsair 1000D from Overclockers UK for £449.99 HERE.

KitGuru says: KitGuru used the Corsair Obsidian 1000D to build an extreme PC that costs a fortune and delivers a suitably epic frame rate in any game you choose.

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