Some of our favorite PC enclosures come from Corsair's Obsidian Series, so we were pleased to learn that the company has been working on a Mini-ITX addition to the family. The Obsidian Series 250D made its formal debut at CES this morning, and it looks very nice indeed.
The case resembles a cut-down version of the Obsidian Series 350D, which is designed for larger microATX motherboards. The 250D is still a little on the portly side, though. With 11.4" x 10.9" x 13.8" dimensions, the case is only a little bit smaller than the BitFenix Prodigy. There are plenty of Mini-ITX enclosures with smaller footprints and lower profiles.
Of course, the 250D is meant to host more powerful hardware than typical Mini-ITX builds. It has room for double-wide graphics cards up to 11.4" long and ATX PSUs up to 7.9" long. The case can accommodate a pair of liquid coolers, too. There's room for a 120- or 140-mm radiator up front and a 120- or 240-mm unit on the side. The 250D has five fan mounts in total, two of which are occupied by high-airflow spinners of Corsair's own design.
Corsair tucks the PSU and the bulk of the storage under the motherboard. A pair of tool-free bays is equipped to house either 3.5" or 2.5" drives, while a second pair is limited to 2.5" models. Those bays live in a removable module that conveniently slides out the back fo the case. Up top, there's a full-sized 5.25" bay for optical drives, fan controllers, and the like.
The Obsidian Series 250D looks particularly good from the outside. I love the brushed aluminum front panel and overall aesthetic, and the windowed top panel is a nice touch. Speaking of nice touches, the case has thumbscrews for the side panels and expansion slots, internal tie-down points for cabling, and removable dust filters for the front, side, and PSU venting. Front-panel USB 3.0 and analog audio jacks are included, of course.
Enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on the 250D later this month, and they won't have to pay too much for it. Corsair has set the asking price at just $90. We'll have a full review of the 250D soon, but until then, you can check out some additional pictures in the gallery below.
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