Upgrading the 800D to a SATA3 Backplane

By Mike Clements, on March 8, 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.

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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.

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Remove 4 Screws

Remove the 4 screws from each backplane segment

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Attach the New Backplane

Place the new single backplane over the screw mounts and attach it using 8 screws.

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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.

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