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Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

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Exterior Case Details

Both side panels of the Corsair 250D feature fine-mesh filters that attach magnetically. Remove the panel, pop out the filter, blow it out, drop it back into place.

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Although it’s not obvious when the computer is off, the power and drive activity LEDs are incorporated into the power button at the upper left of the case.

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As with other cases in the Obsidian line, the aluminum-faced front panel releases with a push of the spring latch in each upper corner. Once the front panel is off, the fine-mesh filter pops out for cleaning, revealing the 140mm intake fan behind it. There are mounting points for 120mm and 200mm front fans as well if you want to replace the included fan.

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A minimal but complete accessories package includes a multi-lingual manual, four zip ties, and several unlabeled bags of screws.

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What’s it like on the inside? Let’s find out…


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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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