By Mike Clements posted Mar 08th 2011
Obsidian Series 800D case owners can upgrade the SATA 3Gb/s backplane on their hot swap bay to a SATA 6Gb/s compliant backplane using a kit now avaialble on Corsair.com. The kit includes the new SATA 6Gb/s back plane, a power cable, and mounting screws.
800D SATA 6Gb/s Backplane
Swapping out the old units ones for the new 6Gb/s backplane is simple and requires only one #2 Phillips or cross head screw driver. A short handled screw driver is useful if you wish to avoid removing your graphics card.
Remove the Power and Data Cables
The 3Gb/s backplane actually consists of 4 individual backplanes, each held on by 4 screws. Begin by removing the data cables and the power cables from each. Also, be sure to remove any drives that are installed in the hot swap drive bays.
Remove 4 Screws
Remove the 4 screws from each backplane segment
Attach the New Backplane
Place the new single backplane over the screw mounts and attach it using 8 screws.
Newly Mounted Obsidian Series 800D SATA 6Gb/s Backplane
Reattach the data cables and the single power cable. Your installation is complete and your 800D case can now support SATA 6Gb/s drives using the hot swap bays. The new backplane is also backwards compliant with SATA and SATA 3Gb/s drives.