Upgrading the Obsidian Series 700D/800D Front Panel to USB 3.0
By Mike Clements, on March 14th, 2011
Obsidian Series® 800D and 700D full-tower case owners can now upgrade their front USB 2.0 panel to a USB 3.0 with the Obsidian Series 800D/700D Front Panel USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit. Swapping in the kit requires only a #2 Phillips or cross head screwdriver, and a few minutes of your time.
Begin by removing both the case's front and right side panels on your Obsidian Series. Also, it is helpful to remove any optical drives you have in the upper 5.25” bays before beginning. Also, make sure to unplug all your front panel connections from the motherboard.
Obsidian 700D and 800D USB 3.0 Kit
By George Makris, on March 7th, 2011
The Obsidian Series 700D and 800D cases are now USB 3.0 compatible.
Good news, everyone. You can now add USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) capabilities to your existing Obsidian Series case! It's a fairly quick swap that replaces the old I/O panel with a new one.
The new panel includes two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed USB ports that connect to the rear USB 3.0 ports on your motherboard.
This is currently the best way to guarantee full USB 3.0 speeds and data accuracy, while maximizing compatibility with older USB 3.0 compatible motherboards that do not have internal headers.
The USB 3.0 kit can be purchased from Corsair.com for $14.99 plus shipping. It's quick to install and requires only a few minutes and a phillips-head screwdriver.