CES 2014: Corsair Launches the Obsidian 250D Mini ITX Case

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2014 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: obsidian 250d, corsair, CES 2014, CES

Do you like the design of Corsair's Obsidian Series PC cases, but don't have room for a mid-tower or full tower form factor? Well, Corsair may have a solution for you with the release of its new Obsidian 250D, which is the company's first Mini ITX chassis. The Obsidian 250D brings the aesthetics and many of the builder-friendly features of its larger brethren in a small sub-$100 brushed aluminum and steel case.

Specifically, the Obsidian 250D measures 11.4" x 10.9" x 13.81". The cube-like case is all black with a basic brushed aluminum texture. Corsair branding, a single 5.25" drive bay, two USB 3.0 ports, and two audio jacks adorn the front while vents sit on the left, right, and rear sides of the case. Further, the top panel of the case is removable and is how you get to the internal hardware. The case is propped up on integrated feet as well.

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Corsair's new Mini ITX case supports both air and water cooling. The case comes pre-installed with one AF140L and one AF120L fan, and users can install a total of 5 fans (including the bundled fans). On the water cooling front, users can install a 120mm or 140mm radiator in the front of the case as well as a 120mm or 240mm radiator on the side of the case. One nice feature on the cooling front is that Corsair has included removable dust filters on the front, side, and PSU vents.

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Despite the Mini ITX form factor, the case actually allows users to cram a fair amount of hardware into it. In all, the Obsidian Series 250D supports two PCI slots, four hard drives, a single optical drive, a full size power supply, and Mini ITX motherboards. Users can install a graphics card up to 290mm in length, which is most cards on the market at a bit over 11-inches. The case supports ATX power supplies up to 200mm. When it comes to storage options, users can install up to two 2.5" drives and two 3.5" drives (or four total 2.5" drives) which is not bad. Additionally, this Obsidian case features cable management tie down points and tool-less drive bays.

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The Obsidian 250D has an MSRP of $89.99 and will be available for purchase later this month in the US. The mini ITX chassis comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty. It looks like a decent case, and I'm interested to see what reviewers have to say about it when it comes to ease of working with and installing hardware into.

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Source: Corsair
January 7, 2014 | 10:54 AM - Posted by Santos.murillo (not verified)

Corsair apparently has solved several sff tradeoffs i.e. psu and graphic card length and sufficient airflow. If the price comes down a bit it will be perfect.

January 7, 2014 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Patrick3D (not verified)

Figures, I've got a Bitfenix Prodigy being delivered today and this gets announced. Oi!

January 7, 2014 | 01:53 PM - Posted by biohazard918

I'd take this over the prodigy any day looks sweet

January 7, 2014 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Kwaz

What a good looking little case!

Are those power and reset buttons on the top left of the front?

January 7, 2014 | 04:26 PM - Posted by joshontech

Yes I will use this case for a Steam Machine!

January 7, 2014 | 05:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It needs air filters.

January 7, 2014 | 08:40 PM - Posted by Kwaz

"One nice feature on the cooling front is that Corsair has included removable dust filters on the front, side, and PSU vents."

January 7, 2014 | 08:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's too fat. I hate these cube ITX chassis'.
Make a slim tower similar to the 350D, and you'd have stole the show from nearly everyone.

January 7, 2014 | 08:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's too fat. I hate these cube ITX chassis'.
Make a slim tower similar to the 350D, and you'd have stole the show from nearly everyone.

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