Corsair Obsidian Series 250D Mini-ITX Case Review

Mini-ITX is getting to be all the rage. Primarily because mini-ITX motherboards have gotten to be as robust their full size ATX counterparts in terms of overclocking and features, just minus a few PCIe slots. Throw new Steam Machine excitement into the mix as a further catalyst, and Corsair has an answer for your new mini-ITX case.

Introduction

Corsair is famous for its memory products, but as you likely know, the company has branched out in recent years with its cooling line, world class power supplies, SSDs, audio components, keyboards and mice and, of course, computer cases. Put it this way, if you call yourself an enthusiast, not only have you heard of Corsair, you've owned one or more of its products. Today we are reviewing its new Obsidian Series 250D Mini-ITX Case.

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Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere. Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.

Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.

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Today we have the Corsair Obsidian Series 250D on the test bench, the company's very first mini-ITX case, and the newest member of the Obsidian Series line of cases. Corsair states the "If you want to build a Mini ITX system without sacrificing expansion, flexibility, or performance, the Obsidian Series 250D is your answer. Though it’s small on the outside, the 250D has room for standard components like a full-size 5.25" optical drive, a full-length GPU, a 240mm radiator, and even a full-size ATX power supply."

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A mini-ITX case that supports full sized components, multiple hard drives and a variety of water cooling options? That sounds almost too good to be true. Let's get this thing out of the box and take a look, shall we?

Product Packaging

The Corsair Obsidian Series 250D arrived in its bare product packaging with no signs of wear or damage. The overall package measurements are 14"H x 14"L x 16"W and is constructed of double-walled corrugated cardboard that is glued along the seams.

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The 250D packaging features Corsair's trademark style, no flashy packaging or slick graphics, just plain cardboard packaging with product information, name, and company logo all printed in black. The case itself is wrapped in a plastic bag and held in place by thick polyethylene foam inserts.

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