Corsair 250D First Look

Smallest case ever from Corsair!

Corsair 250D

 

Introduction

Over the past couple of years, mini PCs have become incredibly popular. We now have high end motherboards, miniature sized graphics cards and smaller power supplies, complete with their short cable kits to match. With all this high end hardware, by now we would have expected to see a few more high end ITX cases, able to support watercooling and larger graphics cards, without having to compromise in other areas.

Now, Corsair have announced their addition to the ITX market and their Obsidian range with the 250D.

       

 Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  

 

Specifications

  • Expansion Room
  • Two expansion slots and 290mm of internal clearance allow the use of any current stock graphics card.
  • Supports all modern ATX power supplies, with 200mm of PSU clearance
  • Two tool-free 3.5”/2.5” combo bays
  • Two tool-free 2.5” only bays
  • Full-size 5.25” drive bay
  • Two front mounted USB 3.0 ports for easy peripheral or external storage device connection.
  •   
  • Cooling Flexibility
  • Two high-airflow fans are included (1x AF140L  and one 1x AF120L) for excellent airflow and low noise levels.
  • Room for up to 5 fans
  • Radiator compatibility:Front – 120mm or 140mm
  • Side - 120mm/240mm
  •   
  • Storage Layout Options
  • Modular toolless drive caddies can be accessed from the rear of the case.
    • A pair of 3.5”/2.5” drives and two 2.5” only drives can be simultaneously mounted.
    • Full-size 5.25” optical drive bay.
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  • Builder Friendly Features
    • Thumbscrew side panel removal and expansion slots.
    • Tool-free 3.5”, 2.5”, and 5.25” drive bays.
    • Easily accessible (and removable) front, side, and PSU dust filters.
    • Excellent cable routing with multiple tie-down points for improved airflow and cleaner, neater builds.
    • Two USB 3.0 ports and headphone/mic jacks in the front panel for easy access.
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    • Dimensions and Weight
    • Height x Width x Depth
      • 11.4 x 10.9 x 13.81 inches
      • 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm
    • Weight
      • 4.42 kg
      • 9.7 lbs

 

Conclusion 

The Corsair 250D is the first ITX case Corsair have ever made. It follows the same design as the recent 350D, 900D and 750D, with a brushed aluminium front panel and the same mesh styling on the side panels that Corsair use on the 900D. The case is made out of solid steel, meaning the 250D will be incredibly sturdy and resilient, making it a perfect choice to take to LANs or have as an HTPC. There’s also a window panel on the top of the case to allow you to see all the hardware inside.

On the inside, Corsair haven’t limited your choice of hardware as we’ve seen in some ITX cases. The 250D allows for full-length graphics cards, and full size power supplies, as well the as 240mm radiator options that we would expect in a Corsair case. Obviously, this allows the fitting of high end hardware such as the Corsair H100i and other AIO watercooling solutions. Interestingly, the mount for the 240mm radiator spacing is at the side of the case, rather than on top. In a case this small, having the radiator on the side will mean great airflow over the motherboard components which will aid in cooling those. However, having the intakes/exhausts at the side may not be ideal conditions if you wanted to use an air cooler.

 Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  Corsair 250D  

 

Corsair allow for the mounting of up to five fans; two 120mm fans at the side, one 140/120mm at the front, and two 80mm fans at the rear, but since we know how loud smaller fans can get, the more likely use for the rear spacing would be just for extra ventilation. Corsair also includes one AF140L for the front intake, and another AF120L for the side exhaust. They also include dust filters for the two sides, front and power supply.

In order to install hard drives to the 250D, a cage can be removed from the back to allow you to insert up to 4 hard drives or solid state drives in total. Two of these allow for 3.5inch or 2.5inch drives, whilst the other two only allow for 2.5inch drives. It would have been nice to see a few more storage options for users looking to use this as a home server or for media purposes, but for any gaming or general use purposes, the options given should be more than sufficient for users.

 Corsair 250D

The Corsair 250D comes is expected to come in at around $90, which equates to around £55. After extra expenses are incurred in transport to the UK, we would expect this to be priced at around £60-£70, making it very competitive with the Bitfenix Prodigy.

Thanks to Corsair for providing the case. You can discuss your thoughts over on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2014, 11:57:35

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...185928325l.jpg

The smallest ever case from Corsair is announced with the continuing sleek looks of the Obsidian series. We love it!


Continue ReadingQuote

07-01-2014, 12:18:26

WYP
There it is! Looks good. The window on the top is a nice touch, shows off the H100i well.Quote

07-01-2014, 12:32:45

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
There it is! Looks good. The window on the top is a nice touch, shows off the H100i well.
Even though the office is upside down and my front room looks like a warehouse it still got built and ready for the first look NDA!


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps1df702ce.jpgQuote

07-01-2014, 12:47:33

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Even though the office is upside down and my front room looks like a warehouse it still got built and ready for the first look NDA!


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps1df702ce.jpg
I'm surprised you're getting any work done considering.

Must be mayhem over there.Quote

07-01-2014, 13:30:25

Ghosthud1
It's good to see a non reused prodigy for an ITX case, hopefully this will be the choice of case for my kaveri build.Quote

07-01-2014, 13:57:06

remember300
Looks like the perfect case for my little server will fit under the bed, and even better it takes a h100 Quote

07-01-2014, 14:03:24

maniac
yeahh I was right I remember commenting on the facebook post saying it was a 250D :P

I checked the post right now, I was the first one saying its a 250D, I should really get a virtual cookie or sumthing Quote

08-01-2014, 08:20:10

MrKambo
got mine all ordered up Quote

08-01-2014, 08:28:06

ShaunB-91
Looks great, especially for that price!Quote

08-01-2014, 09:59:05

SuB
remember to say ob SID ian in this video not ob SY dian eh?Quote

08-01-2014, 10:08:54

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
remember to say ob SID ian in this video not ob SY dian eh?
stfu you, I say the way I read it. is it the ObSIDian adventure then? Nope obSIdian adventure Quote

08-01-2014, 10:12:02

DarthBaggins
Think I know what case I'll use as a steam box project once I finish my Frankenstein and source 210 re-boot buildsQuote

08-01-2014, 10:26:03

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
stfu you, I say the way I read it. is it the ObSIDian adventure then? Nope obSIdian adventure
What are you on about?

it's pronounced ob-sid-ian

Ob (as object)
sid (as in Sid the name)
and
ian (as in Ian the name)

I think you're thinking of poseidon (notice the e?) :P

Trust me brah, you're saying it wrong :P I put this to a consensus, including a chemist, since black obsidian is a stone/element, and even she said obsidian properly,Quote

08-01-2014, 10:27:51

Feronix
I'll just leave this here

Quote

08-01-2014, 10:35:04

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I'll just leave this here

I hereby rest my case.

Get it, GET IT!Quote

08-01-2014, 10:39:52

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
I hereby rest my case.

Get it, GET IT!
I'm not a big fan of those puns...Quote

08-01-2014, 12:13:14

tinytomlogan
So youre telling me we should say everything like the yanks

tomato

potato


I rest mine Quote

08-01-2014, 14:15:40

WillSK
Very excited to see the full potential of this case. Thanks for putting it together amongst the current chaos TomQuote

08-01-2014, 14:24:54

ramoine
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So youre telling me we should say everything like the yanks

tomato

potato


http://www.instructables.com/files/o...65FBVHEBAV.gif

So you mean that We Yanks aren't saying it right ?
Quote

09-01-2014, 04:27:30

Ciric
It's a bit hard st see on the pictures:
Saying you were to mount a 140x45 or 30 mm rad in the front, and 30 mm in the side, how much would the airflow of the rad in side be restrictet. I can see the siderad would be elevated compared to the front one, but not by how much.

(Thinking 240x30 + 140x45 would be enough to cool an i5 @1,2-1,25V + say GTX770 or so). Then you could replace the fangrill by the gfx with a windows, to make a pretty little powerfull 1080p gamer for lan and such Quote

09-01-2014, 05:07:17

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ciric View Post
It's a bit hard st see on the pictures:
Saying you were to mount a 140x45 or 30 mm rad in the front, and 30 mm in the side, how much would the airflow of the rad in side be restrictet. I can see the siderad would be elevated compared to the front one, but not by how much.

(Thinking 240x30 + 140x45 would be enough to cool an i5 @1,2-1,25V + say GTX770 or so). Then you could replace the fangrill by the gfx with a windows, to make a pretty little powerfull 1080p gamer for lan and such
Youll have to wait for the review matey, I had to get Corsair to check the article because this is what some sites call a review! Anyways any more details will have to come with the full review later in the month.Quote

09-01-2014, 05:11:28

Damien c
New lan pc case right there.Quote

09-01-2014, 06:09:49

SuB
I'm not saying follow the yanks, I'm saying, say it like an englishman, which you aren't doing :P

You say Asus correctly not like the yanks do asooos

Why can't you say Obsidian correctly too? :P

I just don't understand how/what lead you to believe it's said ob-side-ian ?Quote

09-01-2014, 07:22:16

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
I'm not saying follow the yanks, I'm saying, say it like an englishman, which you aren't doing :P

You say Asus correctly not like the yanks do asooos

Why can't you say Obsidian correctly too? :P

I just don't understand how/what lead you to believe it's said ob-side-ian ?
LOL the amount of times Tom gets called on his words, Ti (Tea...I) or (Tie). Quote

09-01-2014, 07:27:17

MadShadow

09-01-2014, 07:45:12

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
LOL the amount of times Tom gets called on his words, Ti (Tea...I) or (Tie).
I've personally always said Tee, Aye. But that's a WHOOOLE other kettle of fishQuote

09-01-2014, 07:59:13

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
I've personally always said Tee, Aye. But that's a WHOOOLE other kettle of fish
I think Tee, Aye too. Funny, I don't think Tom even pronounces the f word correctly! Quote

13-01-2014, 17:55:14

JohnnyGrey
Hello all, long time Youtube lurker, first time poster here

In the article you state that the front intake can support a 120 or a 140mm fan, and that a 140mm fan is included. So what's the third hole spacing for?

At first, I thought maybe this case could support a fron 180mm fan, which would be awesome for noise to airflow ratio, but then I realized the spacing is off. The spacing seems to be the too similar between the first and second, and the second and third holes, which would put it at approximately 160mm-170mm. So what's it for?

EDIT: Unless a 120mm fan is pictured instead of the supposedly included 140mm, thus making the smallest hole smaller than 120mm. But the spacing still doesn't add up.

Double Edit: Corsair's page states a 200mm is compatible in the front, but judging from the picture, there is no way that is accurate.Quote

13-01-2014, 18:07:38

jamesriley94
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyGrey View Post
Hello all, long time Youtube lurker, first time poster here

In the article you state that the front intake can support a 120 or a 140mm fan, and that a 140mm fan is included. So what's the third hole spacing for?

At first, I thought maybe this case could support a fron 180mm fan, which would be awesome for noise to airflow ratio, but then I realized the spacing is off. The spacing seems to be the too similar between the first and second, and the second and third holes, which would put it at approximately 160mm-170mm. So what's it for?
It's a 200mm fan mount.

At the time of writing the article, the webpage where it says wasn't up. The spec sheet from Corsair only mention 120mm and 140mm compatibility at the front.

It does now say on their website it supports a 200mm fan.Quote

13-01-2014, 18:09:48

QuietOne
Guys, keep on topic or I'll ban the lot of you :PQuote

13-01-2014, 18:13:16

JohnnyGrey
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesriley94 View Post
It's a 200mm fan mount.

At the time of writing the article, the webpage where it says wasn't up. The spec sheet from Corsair only mention 120mm and 140mm compatibility at the front.

It does now say on their website it supports a 200mm fan.
That may be so, but what I'm saying is the spacing shown in OC3D's article doesn't match up. The spacing between all three holes is way too similar to be for 120, 140, and 200mm fans. It looks to be more of a 180mm mount. Who knows, maybe I'm too focused on the diagonal placing of the holes.Quote

13-01-2014, 18:18:08

jamesriley94
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyGrey View Post
That may be so, but what I'm saying is the spacing shown in OC3D's article doesn't match up. The spacing between all three holes is way too similar to be for 120, 140, and 200mm fans.

Please correct me if I am completely wrong.
It looks completely like a 200mm fan to me to be honest lol.

http://www2.corsair.com/_images/syst...d/radiator.JPG

That's the roof of a 650D with 200mm and 120mm fan spacings. Look the same to me.Quote

13-01-2014, 18:20:57

JohnnyGrey
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesriley94 View Post
It looks completely like a 200mm fan to me to be honest lol.

http://www2.corsair.com/_images/syst...d/radiator.JPG

That's the roof of a 650D with 200mm and 120mm fan spacings. Look the same to me.
See, to me, that looks to be a 180mm fan mount. Perhaps I'm crazy lol.

EDIT: You're right. I just have a false sense of the difference between a 200 and 140 compared to the 140 and 120mm.Quote
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