When it comes to consumer chassis standards, the PC space isn’t exactly known for tremendous innovation. Apart from abortive attempts by AMD and Intel to launch new desktop board form factors (DTX and BTX, respectively), the last major new standard to debut was mini-ITX, by VIA, back in 2001. Similarly, most desktop chassis have evolved only slightly since then, and can be generally classified as variations on a theme, with up-market features like integrated fan controllers, LED lighting, or support for radiators and water cooling. But Corsair’s 1000D is something of a unique play, in that it’s a no-punches-pulled, peak-luxury case that includes enough space for two motherboards (provided one of them is mini-ITX).
The Corsair 1000D also ships with a veritable blizzard of features, including eight PCI slots to support an E-ATX motherboard (an extended ATX form factor), the aforementioned mini-ITX board support, dual power supplies, five 3.5-inch drives, six 2.5-inch drives, and a small toddler. The latter isn’t a literal spec, but with a chassis that’s 27 inches tall, 27 inches deep, and a foot wide, we’re not factually wrong, either. The video below explores the design in more detail:
The chassis supports radiators of up to 480mm, a range of liquid cooling options, 180mm air coolers for CPUs (the largest we’ve seen from Noctua are ~160mm, a 180mm cooler is roughly 7 inches tall), a range of front ports, and weighs in at 27 pounds empty. A few LED accents on the front logo and port lights are also included.
The point of offering the second chassis option isn’t just a gimmick — or at least, it’s not a useless gimmick. Some streamers opt to build multiple PCs rather than just one system, with a capture card used to pass data from one system to the other. This gives those streamers the option to use a single chassis with two completely different systems, rather than dedicating space to both.
It’s not a crazy idea, but the price tag on this chassis may give some pause. At $500, it’s literally as expensive as some entire desktops that might otherwise handle the video recording job on their own. The capture card would still represent an additional expense, but it’s not every day you see a case that costs as much as an entire system. This isn’t the first ultra-premium case we’ve seen, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting takes on the approach, at a slightly lower price point and less-weird design than the Thermaltake Level 10.
The case isn’t in stock yet, but should be up for sale in the very near future.
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