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Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

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Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini-ITX Computer Case Review

By David Ramsey

Manufacturer: Corsair Components, Inc.
Product Name: Obsidian 250D
Model Number: CC-9011047-WW
UPC: 843591046398 EAN: 0843591046398
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg | Amazon)

Full Disclosure: Corsair provided the product sample used in this article.

Corsair introduced their new Obsidian line of cases with the full-tower 800D; they’ve since expanded into the super-tower market with the 900D, added the 750D to the full-tower lineup, addressed the mid-tower market with the 550D and 650D, and the micro-ATX market with the 350D. Their latest case, the Corsair Obsidian 250D, brings the design and versatility of the Obsidian line to the mini-ITX field.

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The 250D shares the basic design of the Obsidian line, with a brushed aluminum faceplate, plastic front bezel, and black steel case body. It’s much larger than most mini-ITX cases, and there’s a reason for that: it’s designed to support a 240mm liquid cooling system.

Features & Specifications

Warranty 2 years
Dimensions 13.8 x 10.9 x 11.4 inches (depth x width x height)
MB Support Mini-ITX
Slots 2
Material Black steel and anodized black aluminum front fascia
Drive Bays (2) 3.5”/2.5” drive bays (2) 2.5” drive bays (1) 5.25” optical drive bay
Cooling Front: 200mm, 140mm (140mm included)
Side: Dual 120mm (single 120mm included)
Rear: Dual 80mm (optional)
Front I/O (2) USB 3.0 (1) Headphone (1) Microphone
Power Supply ATX

Let’s see what this case is all about…


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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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