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Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

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Closer Look: Exterior

While the Corsair Obsidian 250D mini-ITX computer case is indeed a mini-ITX case, it’s a rather large and chunky mini-ITX case. Check out how it appears next to one of my favorite mITX cases, the Cooler Master Elite 120:

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Both cases have a full-sized 5.25″ bay and accept standard ATX power supplies. Why is the Obsidian 250D so much larger?

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The front view shows us a brushed aluminum faceplate, the USB 3.0 and audio ports, and the very subtle power and reset switches to the left of the 5.25″ bay.

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Both sides of the case have these large filtered vents. For this side, it means a good supply of cool outside air to your graphics card.

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At the rear of the case, we can start to see some interesting things. The ATX power supply mounts below the motherboard, and there are mounts for two 80mm fans above the motherboard. Note that the space above the motherboard is limited compared to a full tower case; “big air” coolers aren’t going to fit. Corsair doesn’t specify the clearance for a cooler, but I measured it at about 140mm.

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At the bottom of the case, there’s a pull-put, fine mesh filter for the power supply air intake.

Let’s continue our look at this case in the next section.


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  1. PowerHungry

    In this review, you mention that all the intake areas have filters. My question is, does the rear area that have openings for two 80 mm fans also have a magnetic filter?? If not, should that have been considered a negative?

  2. David Ramsey

    There are no filters for the two 80mm fan positions. This isn’t a negative since you normally mount exhaust fans in that position.

  3. PowerHungry

    I have yet to see “ONE” review where anyone mounted the 80 mm fans, most like you used the Corsair H100i for cooling.

    Corsair should have realized that most people would not mount the 80 mm fans and supplied a filter. Without a filter here, the other filters are almost useless, as you have a wide area for dust to enter.

  4. David Ramsey

    I wouldn’t say the other filters are “almost useless”, since the front fan will move a significant amount of air through its filter, as will the intake fan(s) for a GPU card. In fact there’s noticeable dust on both of these filters in my Hackintosh, which has been running in that case a couple of weeks now.

    Still, you have a valid point about air entering through the 80mm fan mounts. That said, I’m not sure how much of a problem it will be in my particular build, since I think any air coming through that part of the case will be sucked right into the radiator and sent back out. Right now the motherboard and radiator are not noticeably dusty, so perhaps it won’t be an issue.

    The fan mounts are easy enough to cover with duct tape if it really bothers you.

    FWIW, I can’t find any (i.e. “not in the first two pages of Google results”) other reviews using the H100i. AnandTech, Overclock3D, Guru3D, Bit-tech.net, Hexus, Legit Reviews, Overclocker’s Club, and tech report.com all used air coolers. In fact that only other review that I can find that used liquid cooling was HardOCP, and they used a 120mm radiator. So while some other site may have used an H100i, I’m pretty sure it’s not “most” of them.

  5. PowerHungry

    Point taken on the H100i, I should have said most reviews included, a liquid cooler and some used air as well. I stand corrected.

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