Corsair Obsidian 250D ITX Case Review

Corsair Obsidian 250D Mini ITX Case Review

Corsair Obsidian 250D ITX Case Review


Introduction  

Anyone that gave the Obsidian product range any thought would have probably happily put money on the fact an ITX chassis would appear eventually. We had the enormous 900D then the 750D ATX chassis, 350D MATX case it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the 250D enthusiast ITX case had to be next. Also makes you wonder if they have a 150D steam box product being thrown around atm too...!

Features

  • Aluminium front fascia and thick steel construction
  • Overall dimensions: 290mm (H) x 277mm (W) x 351mm (D)
  • Top window for component visibility
  • Thumbscrew backplate removal for PSU and hard drive access
  • Easily removed dust filters on all intakes
  • Simultaneously fit two 3.5”/2.5” drives, two 2.5” drives, one 5.25” drive, a full sized PSU, a 290mm long GPU, and a 240mm radiator
  • Front panel USB 3.0, headphone and mic ports, and power and reset buttons
  • Innovative three panel removal for sides and top panel, with thumbscrews
  • Front fan 200mm, 140mm, or 120mm compatible (AF140L 140mm included)
  • Side fans dual 120mm compatible (AF120L 120mm included)
  • Rear fans dual 80mm compatible
  • Tons of cable routing tie downs for easy cable maintenance
  • Tool free installation of all drives

    Corsair Obsidian 250D ITX Case Review


    Video Review




    Conclusion

    If you want the full indepth nitty gritty on the 250D then you really need to watch the video above, due to our inability to shut up if we wrote everything down this review would be about 40 pages long and I doubt you'd get past page 3 eh boys ;)

    The 250D is a great enthusiast ITX case and by that I mean its not meant to be tiny, it's meant to be small enough to house the hardware they expect people to fit in it. Any reduction in size would limit some item of hardware not being able to be fitted. If it wasn't as tall you couldn't have the full sized PSU or H100i support. If it wasn't as deep it would limit GPU support and when you allow for these items in your perception of the case you can finally understand how this is actually a very cleverly designed chassis.


It's not designed to be a home server, and for a gaming rig a pair of SSD's and mechanicals is ample. Having the PSU bay unlimited gives people a much wider choice of units they can possibly buy but this does mean you will have to plan your cabling very well,. This is also the point where would beg Corsair to release shorter cable kits! 

Watercooling support is limited to a thin 240mm rad, but then we have the feeling Corsair really just designed this for us with the H100i. Especially as when you fit said AIO with the Asus ROG IMpact as we did in the video the two fit together millimetre perfect. The hose on the H100i literally fits past the power riser card on the impact so perfectly. Just like having the 2x 240mm fan mounts or H100i bracket (how ever you like to think of it) pointing at the motherboard is brilliant. It means the airflow will keep your ram, chipset and or riser card cool but by having it here it also opens up the option to have a roof with a window. On other cases the window is sometimes at the sacrifice of the GPU airflow mesh. We really do like seeing touches like these when you can tell a manufacturer has really put some thought in.

From our experience with the case we would have it set up to use all the dust filters and by that we mean having the fans pulling air in and then just letting the airflow find its way out of the 80mm fan mounts at the back on its own, this should also help with dust by keeping a positive case pressure.

All in all its a brilliant case that does what it was designed for very well. The only thing we can see people really picking fault with is the aesthetics. Some may not like the Obsidian family looks others may find their negative thoughts in the lack of colour choices compared with the competition. Our only thoughts on this would be we want a white one but then we say that pretty much every case release! We would find it much easier if Corsair could possibly maybe produce something we can really pick some fault in, if for no other reason than giving some of the other brands a chance as they seem to be struggling to keep up with all of these Gold Awards they keep winning!


       

Thanks to Corsair for sending the 250D in for review, you can discuss your thoughts on this new case in the OC3D Forums.  

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21-01-2014, 11:45:26

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...123844387l.png

Corsairs new baby has finally arrived in an ITX format to join its bigger brothers in the Obsidian family.

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21-01-2014, 12:46:41

Ciric
Damm, this case makes me wanna go ITX :P

Nice review as always.

21-01-2014, 12:54:13

MrKambo
shame my 780 wont fit in this, otherwise id have it tomorrow!

21-01-2014, 12:56:21

murphy7801
If someone does stick a kraken g10 on the graphics card please post here Im curious about that option.

21-01-2014, 13:12:31

Conchubair
Not just the new dcu2s and the old 590 etc that wont fit, last gens trislot dcu2 wont fit either obviously

21-01-2014, 13:13:10

SieB
I know there is already the 350D, but a slightly bigger M-ATX version of this case would be awesome.
Call it the 255D or something similar

22-01-2014, 09:29:47

ephemeross
Tempted to do a rebuild with this case, but only if someone can confirm that a D14 would fit nicely in this?

22-01-2014, 09:33:32

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ephemeross View Post
Tempted to do a rebuild with this case, but only if someone can confirm that a D14 would fit nicely in this?
Dont think it will matey - too tall.

22-01-2014, 10:01:43

ephemeross
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Dont think it will matey - too tall.
Boo!
Thanks for the quick reply Tom

22-01-2014, 14:09:47

Davidthewin
Didn't like the looks at first but I have to say it's grown on me. Looks like you can remove the optical bay pretty easy Tom?

22-01-2014, 15:35:31

Sharkaat
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
shame my 780 wont fit in this, otherwise id have it tomorrow!
I asked something similar (deleted?). If the Asus DCUII 290 won't fit since couple of millimeters are needed, what about the 280? It is 0.1" smaller, and I've seen some others mentioning it is possible.

Tom says that anything with the DCUII basically can't fit.

23-01-2014, 04:39:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sharkaat View Post
I asked something similar (deleted?). If the Asus DCUII 290 won't fit since couple of millimeters are needed, what about the 280? It is 0.1" smaller, and I've seen some others mentioning it is possible.

Tom says that anything with the DCUII basically can't fit.
Was more me worried about that heatpipe on or right near the window dude. The 290 and 290X heatpipe gets SOOOOOO hot Id worry about it melting the window

23-01-2014, 19:01:24

Sharkaat
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Was more me worried about that heatpipe on or right near the window dude. The 290 and 290X heatpipe gets SOOOOOO hot Id worry about it melting the window
I've sent a question to Corsair (regarding 280X at least, which is a few millimeters shorter), hopefully they will reply, and hope I'll be able to fit it in this neat case. Thanks!

26-01-2014, 00:15:49

Tomin8or
I was wondering if Gigabyte Windoforce cooled video cards (specifically the 760 rev 2) would fit in this case. It is about 4 mils too long (according to official specs, but they also give a >100m clearance for cpu coolers, which is not quite the case) at 294mm long. It does have what looks like plastic protruding from the top, and if you had one on hand it would be really helpful if you could test it.

26-01-2014, 04:58:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tomin8or View Post
I was wondering if Gigabyte Windoforce cooled video cards (specifically the 760 rev 2) would fit in this case. It is about 4 mils too long (according to official specs, but they also give a >100m clearance for cpu coolers, which is not quite the case) at 294mm long. It does have what looks like plastic protruding from the top, and if you had one on hand it would be really helpful if you could test it.
As Ive said in the video we cant go through every GPU with everyone.

Youve only got to google image to see that the DCUII's are much wider than a normal sized card.

The Gigabyte is a normal sized card............

26-01-2014, 12:37:49

GoogalyMoogaly
The reference you made was from most of Harry Enfield's Kevin & Perry sketches.

You said to put it in the comments section and nobody else had (they were all talking about computer stuff, pfft!), so I did.

27-01-2014, 23:07:37

jackjack
Totally Awesome mITX case! love it!
Corsair nailed it again with another winning product

28-01-2014, 03:23:44

ShaunB-91
I also watched Laurens review of this and she fit the DirectCUII in it with the roof panel on?

28-01-2014, 04:46:38

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
I also watched Laurens review of this and she fit the DirectCUII in it with the roof panel on?
Im not sure the heatpipes are identical across the whole range matey - I have some where the door doesnt fit at all by a few mm and then some where the heatpipe touches the window.

Either way a searing hot heatpipe isnt going to be good against plastic. I took the safe route and warned against it to cover my arse - like I have too lol.

28-01-2014, 04:51:19

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Im not sure the heatpipes are identical across the whole range matey - I have some where the door doesnt fit at all by a few mm and then some where the heatpipe touches the window.

Either way a searing hot heatpipe isnt going to be good against plastic. I took the safe route and warned against it to cover my arse - like I have too lol.
Ahh okay Tom, I'm not sure of the exact card she was using, it did look tight when she fitted the roof panel back on and like you said, I wouldn't fancy the window melting all over the inside of the rig!

I guess it's a good job you mentioned that, anybody who might just watch hers alone and get the case with that cooler might run into some trouble later on.

28-01-2014, 05:01:21

MathiasBE
Really love this 250d, but really I'm just in love with everything which says Obsidian. Still torn between the 350d or this one. But I'd like to do some WC so no Idea what to pick

28-01-2014, 05:32:22

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by MathiasBE View Post
Really love this 250d, but really I'm just in love with everything which says Obsidian. Still torn between the 350d or this one. But I'd like to do some WC so no Idea what to pick
Well you mention WC so that kinda means 350D

28-01-2014, 16:51:49

Sharkaat
Okies, got the reply from the Corsair after they did a test:

Quote:
I did a test fitting and the 280X and 290X DC2 versions will NOT fit in the 250D because of the protruding heat pipe. In the TastyPC video, she used a 780 DC2 which may explain the discrepancy. I hope this helps!

- Corsair James
I guess this model is out of the story. What's the next quiet&solid performing 280x? Trixx or perhaps the non-black edition of the XFX card?

29-01-2014, 15:09:07

Hanakuso
Can anyone confirm if the EVGA 780 Classified will fit or not? It's hard to find out if it's higher then the Asus DirectCu

20-08-2014, 08:58:16

NFX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hanakuso View Post
Can anyone confirm if the EVGA 780 Classified will fit or not? It's hard to find out if it's higher then the Asus DirectCu
All the latest generation EVGA GPUs will fit in this case. So, you're good to go! Also, if you notice, most Corsair 250D reviews on YouTube contain the EVGA 780/ 780 Ti/ 290/ 290X GPUs in them because they're all short. Very few like OC3D discuss compatibility to some extent.

20-08-2014, 09:16:33

NFX
I would like to know if the Powercolor PCS+ R9 290X fits in this case thickness-wise. I read that it's like a 2.5 slot card as the cooler pops out a bit.

According to this...
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=126599

... length-wise, a 12 inch card like the MSI Lightning can technically fit in. But what about the thickness? The MSI is only 2 slots thick.

I'd appreciate it if someone actually gets a chance to try this out! The Powercolor PCS+ R9 290X is a beast of a card and is very well priced in the US.
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