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.
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 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.
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.