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Corsair Obsidian 250D revealed as mini-ITX case

Corsair Obsidian 250D revealed as mini-ITX case

Corsair Obsidian 250D

Corsair has finally announced the Corsair Obsidian 250D, finally marking the company's entry into the mini-ITX case market.

Built from the ground up for the mini-ITX form factor, the Corsair Obsidian 250D is Corsair's smallest case to date, measuring just 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm. This actually makes it noticeably smaller than the ever popular BitFenix Prodigy which boasts dimensions of 250 x 359 x 404mm.

Despite these tiny proportions the case still hosts a full compliment of standard performance hardware, as opposed to the even smaller EVGA Hadron Air, which uses a custom power supply and slot loading drive to achieve its tiny dimensions.

The Corsair Obsidian 250D, then, houses a 5.25in drive bay, two tool-free 2.5/2.5in bays, two tool-free 2.5in bays and space for an ATX power supply, with 200mm of PSU clearance.

The front of the chassis also incorporates two USB 3.0 ports as well as headphone and microphone jacks, though there are no fan speed controls.

A 140mm and a 120mm fan are included while there is space for up to five fans in total. Watercooling is also catered for with space for a 120mm or 140mm radiator in the front and a 120mm or 240mm radiator on the side.

Corsair Obsidian 250D revealed as mini-ITX case

The design of the case would probably best be described as perfunctory. The simple black cuboid is set off by a brushed aluminium panel on the front and a set of cute angular feet, both of which hark back to the larger Obsidian cases, such as the Corsair Obsidian 750D.

Corsair Obsidian 250D revealed as mini-ITX case

“Thanks to the increasingly high performance of Mini-ITX boards, it is now possible to build an extremely powerful yet compact system,” said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. “The Obsidian 250D is made for users who want a smaller PC but don’t want to limit their hardware choices. With support for large liquid coolers, full-length graphics cards and full-size modular power supplies, 250D is Mini-ITX without compromise.”

The Corsair Obsidian 250D release date is set for late January and it will be priced at $89.99, including a 2 year warranty.

Obsidian Series 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
  • t]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.

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.

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

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Dead Ghost 7th January 2014, 18:21 Quote
And just when you thought it can't get any bigger for a miniITX case, Corsair comes with this...:(
meandmymouth 7th January 2014, 18:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dead Ghost
And just when you thought it can't get any bigger for a miniITX case, Corsair comes with this...:(

It's still smaller than other mitx cases out there, such as the Prodigy.
jrs77 7th January 2014, 19:00 Quote
As I said in the other thread about this case allready...

For a mITX definately too big. mITX shouldn't be bigger than some 15 liters.

This case could fit a µATX-setup, just like the Bitfenix Prodigy.
SchizoFrog 7th January 2014, 19:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
As I said in the other thread about this case allready...

For a mITX definately too big. mITX shouldn't be bigger than some 15 liters.

This case could fit a µATX-setup, just like the Bitfenix Prodigy.

And once again there are people who say that the small mITX cases don't have enough space for the hardware they want to use. Stop judging a platform by what YOU want to use it for.
Corky42 7th January 2014, 20:23 Quote
I'm not sure its a matter of judging what jrs77 needs, but a matter of the actual size of form factors.
µATX = 9.6 × 9.6 in (244 × 244 mm)
Mini-ITX = 6.7 × 6.7 in (170 × 170 mm)
So going on the size of the case it could fit a µATX.
SchizoFrog 7th January 2014, 22:09 Quote
Corky42, jrs77 is making the statement that it is too big for a mITX case and there have been many other discussions in other threads where other users have said that the cases that jrs77 recommends on size basis just don't meet their requirements. This is one of the main reasons why the Prodigy has been so successful.
jrs77 7th January 2014, 22:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Corky42
I'm not sure its a matter of judging what jrs77 needs, but a matter of the actual size of form factors.
µATX = 9.6 × 9.6 in (244 × 244 mm)
Mini-ITX = 6.7 × 6.7 in (170 × 170 mm)
So going on the size of the case it could fit a µATX.

Exactly my point. The Bitfenix Proodigy is available in two versions... one with a mITX-setup and then a µATX-setup. Both have the exact same outer shell however, so go figure.
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Corky42, jrs77 is making the statement that it is too big for a mITX case and there have been many other discussions in other threads where other users have said that the cases that jrs77 recommends on size basis just don't meet their requirements. This is one of the main reasons why the Prodigy has been so successful.

The question is, why would I want to spend money on a more expensive mITX board with less options, when I can fit a µATX in the same size of a case.

mITX is ment for building smaller cases than µATX imho, so I simply don't understand the idea of µATX-sized cases for mITX boards, especially as the mITX boards are'nt as good as the µATX-versions.

The only reason to go for such a big case with a mITX board is, if you wan't to watercool it really. Without the watercooling you can fit a mITX board with an i5-4670k and a GTX780 into a box of 12 liters without having troubles to cool the components at stock-speeds, and all of that with silent aircooling (custom-cooler GPU like the Gainward Phantom, and a CPU-cooler like the Thermalright AXP-200. A case of this size even fit's a standard-sized ATX-PSU.

EDIT: Exactly 12 liters with room for a 10" dualslot GPU, 2x 2.5" SSD/HDD and a standard sized ATX-PSU. With a little tweaking there's even the possibilty to fit a 120mm AIO watercooler for the CPU.

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/6793/c5le.jpg
SchizoFrog 7th January 2014, 23:00 Quote
You continue to ignore ALL the reasons why your arguments DO NOT suit everyone, and it is NOT all/only about watercooling.
Parge 7th January 2014, 23:06 Quote
I'm with JRS.

mATX sized cases using an ITX motherboard just make no sense to me.

None of the benefits of ITX (size, portability). None of the benefits of mATX (extra PCIe/PCI lanes, better VRM cooling)
jrs77 8th January 2014, 00:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
You continue to ignore ALL the reasons why your arguments DO NOT suit everyone, and it is NOT all/only about watercooling.

I'm not ignoring anything, I just don't understand the reason for an µATX sized case other than for a full watercooling setup.

But please, enlighten me with ALL the reasons.
SchizoFrog 8th January 2014, 01:10 Quote
Go re-read the Bit-Fenix article again if you need to.
jrs77 8th January 2014, 01:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Go re-read the Bit-Fenix article again if you need to.

What's there to reads, that you can't put into two sentences explaining it to me?
toolio20 8th January 2014, 01:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Go re-read the Bit-Fenix article again if you need to.
Nobody needs to do that. However, you might want to try and actually wrap your brain around what people are saying, which I will kindly break down for you:

A case that can readily fit an m-ATX motherboard really ISN'T an m-ITX case.

My mid-tower has stand-offs to accommodate an m-ITX motherboard - by your logic I guess I can just slap in a Maximus VI Impact and start calling it an m-ITX rig?

I don't have a problem with the Prodigy as a case, but I DO have a problem with it being marketed as an m-ITX enclosure, just as I would if Corsair marketed the Obsidian 900D as m-ITX.

Speaking of Corsair, this 250D is m-ITX fail - it looks like someone stacked two SG05s on top of one another...
SchizoFrog 8th January 2014, 07:04 Quote
Yes, I understand the point being made about size. But can you show me a tiny mini-ITX case that offers as many HDDs and SSDs spaces, full size hardware compatibility including large tower air coolers, PSUs and GPUs AND the OPTION for water cooling, all with a nice layout that can be used with window panels to show off a nice system inside? The Prodigy is a mini-ITX as it can't house a mATX board within. The Prodigy M case has a completely different layout (which personally I don't like) and offers less options as a result.

Then there is the point that tiny Mini-ITX cases all look very much the same, like an oversized shoe box and I hate the look of them. So I would much rather have something a little bigger that looked far nicer, that is my opinion and I don't see the point of someone almost stalking each and every article to slag off the concept just because they don't like the idea themselves. Anyway, rant over and I won't comment further.
Meanmotion 8th January 2014, 09:27 Quote
I'm with Schizo on this. The whole point of the Prodigy, and cases like it, is that they fit full-size components in, without compromising on layout (PSU over the CPU, etc). They're about as optimal as can be without moving to SFX power supplies (actually, I wouldn't have a problem with doing this), dropping 5.25in bays, etc. It also can't be overstated how much bigger the Prodigy feels because of its handles - they add a total of around 4in in height. As such the 250D actually has markedly lower dimensions.
jrs77 8th January 2014, 10:18 Quote
Fair points, but here's the deal...

There's allready cases like the TJ08e or the SG03, etc, which are basically in the same size-category as the Prodigy or this 250D, and if you fit a mITX-board into these, you've got the same results as you mentioned.
So my question is: what makes the Prodigy and the 250D a mITX case, while we call the others µATX? That's my problem really. Where do we draw the line to distinguish between mITX and µATX? Is it just the motherboard-mounting options, or is there more to it? Why not take a Define Mini for example and shorten it by two PCI-slots and call it a mITX-case?

Most people buy a mITX-system becasue of it's small size, and I'd say that we stick with this primary reason for mITX, as you sacrifice PCI(e) slots and better board-layout in comparison to µATX in addition to the slightly higher price.

I've had two mITX-systems before I purchased my current rig, a Sugo SG05 and a LianLi Q08. They both worked perfectly fine and both could fit an AIO watercooler for the CPU and a double slot 9+" GPU in addition to two 2.5" SSD/HDDs. The Q08 was more silent and easier to work with ofc, but as it was huge compared to the small SG05 I went back to the cheaper and better option of a µATX-system.
First I built the system in my sig into a Sugo SG03, with an AIO watercooler for the CPU, as I still liked the idea of as small a system as possible, but the sounddampened Define Mini was even better to built a near silent system, especially since my case rests behind my PC-screen, where it can't be seen.

I've thought about mITX and µATX layouts and designs for the last four to five years, having spend hours and hours in SketchUp to arrange components, and design frames around them, so yeah, I've built a pretty strong oppinion about this question. I didn't need to start drawing the above picture for this discussion really, I allready had it done some two years ago, and I've plenty more designs as detailed as the above lying around to cover every possible aspect of mITX-cases, be it boxes as small as possible with picoPSUs, or thin workstations with 1U-PSUs, fully fledged gaming rigs with ATX-PSUs, perfect cubes, etc etc etc.

After all this time thinking about mITX I've come to the decision, that everything bigger than some 15 liters shouldn't be called mITX anymore as it defies the reason to build a mITX instead of a µATX-system and I know alot of others are thinking the same way.
Shirty 8th January 2014, 10:30 Quote
I just don't understand the problem, it's the same old recycled argument in every ITX case thread on here.

There are very small cases which cater for certain needs, and larger ones which cater for others. Choice has always been a good thing in the enthusiast market surely? I just can't understand the hate, nobody's forcing anyone to buy anything!
GeorgeStorm 8th January 2014, 10:32 Quote
I wouldn't consider the TJ08e and this in the same size bracket.

Personally not bothered, I don't mind what a company markets a case as, doesn't affect me really, I can still choose whether to buy it or not.
I understand both sides of the debate though.
Corky42 8th January 2014, 10:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
That's my problem really. Where do we draw the line to distinguish between mITX and µATX? Is it just the motherboard-mounting options, or is there more to it?
IMHO yes it's the maximum size of MoBo that can be mounted in the case as that's what dictates the form factor, outside of the form factor you then look at the dimensions of the case.
Meanmotion 8th January 2014, 10:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
So my question is: what makes the Prodigy and the 250D a mITX case, while we call the others µATX? That's my problem really. Where do we draw the line to distinguish between mITX and µATX? Is it just the motherboard-mounting options, or is there more to it? Why not take a Define Mini for example and shorten it by two PCI-slots and call it a mITX-case?

Not sure what 'others' you're referring to here. We draw the line based on what motherboard the case can fit. It's as simple as that.

In terms of these being big for mini-ITX, just look at the design compromises of the micro-atx versions of cases this size - the Prodigy and Colossus essentially can't fit a 5.25in drive and hard drives are mounted over the motherboard and CPU. With mini-ITX in this size case you don't have these compromises.
SchizoFrog 8th January 2014, 19:18 Quote
To continue your own arguments jrs77, what is your opinion on cases such as most of those featured in 'Full ATX' categories such as the TJ11 or the Zalman cube thingy? These cases are FAR larger than the motherboards that they house and yet there are still those who require the space. Your whole argument seems to stem from the opinion that any case should just be about fitting in your chosen hardware in as smaller space as possible regardless of looks, layouts and features. Have a look at most of the case mods and projects in MOTY and look at the amounts of vacant space within the case that is purely there for aesthetic reasons. I can understand your points and opinions, I just get annoyed at constantly seeing your negative comments on each and every Mini-ITX case of this nature based purely on your hatred of the concept and nothing to do with comparing this case with another of a like kind.

To totally agree with Meanmotion's comments.

P.S. I am sure I said I wasn't going to comment further... :(
jrs77 8th January 2014, 22:29 Quote
I'm just questioning the design-philosophy, but apparently that makes some people very angry.

As design is my business (studied graphics-design, but doing aswell interior and industry-design jobs) I'm especially raising alot of questions about designs in general, be it graphics, furniture, PC-cases or whatever.

I'm oldschool and efficiency is the premisse for me, and wasting material and space is simply inefficient.
SchizoFrog 8th January 2014, 22:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
I'm just questioning the design-philosophy, but apparently that makes some people very angry.

As design is my business (studied graphics-design, but doing aswell interior and industry-design jobs) I'm especially raising alot of questions about designs in general, be it graphics, furniture, PC-cases or whatever.

I'm oldschool and efficiency is the premisse for me, and wasting material and space is simply inefficient.

Really? Do you 'question' or rather, complain, the same way about mod projects, Dream PCs or any other case that doesn't deem fit to cram each and every inch with hardware? Apart from the tiny media centre and Mini-ITX cases no other case fills the space the way you seem to deem worthy. Otherwise PC cases with windows would never ever have been developed.

I only started commenting as a response to seeing your personal, negative views on each Mini-ITX article with nothing constructive to say. Merely criticising the entire concept of larger Mini-ITX cases because YOU deem them as bad designs and pointless with no regards or respect to what others may want. And yes, you have ignored time and time again the comments made about housing the same amount of hardware while still providing an attractive and aesthetically pleasing layout and interior.
Parge 8th January 2014, 23:36 Quote
Check out the NCase M1 - in my eyes the PERFECT ITX case. Even fits a 240 rad!

Full story/pics here

http://i.imgur.com/JGo51qo.jpg
SchizoFrog 9th January 2014, 00:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Check out the NCase M1 - in my eyes the PERFECT ITX case. Even fits a 240 rad!

Full story/pics here

http://i.imgur.com/JGo51qo.jpg

Yes, a lovely case... IF you want a small, rectangle box on display and have no intention of showing off the insides. I just don't want to see 'hating' on other cases that suit other requirements.
jrs77 9th January 2014, 01:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I just don't want to see 'hating' on other cases that suit other requirements.

Has nothing to do with hate really. It's an oppinion, one that seems to lead to harsh reactions by some people.
Bindibadgi 9th January 2014, 02:24 Quote
You all know that the Prodigy is the best selling mini-ITX case out there, right?

So clearly a lot of people think it's the right size
AlienwareAndy 9th January 2014, 02:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Parge
Check out the NCase M1 - in my eyes the PERFECT ITX case. Even fits a 240 rad!

Full story/pics here

http://i.imgur.com/JGo51qo.jpg

JFC, the computer case version of a wedgie !

I don't understand why people are complaining though. I mean, you don't have to buy it.

I think my favourite so far has to be the Colossus mini, even though it's pretty heffa.

Each to his own and all that.
SchizoFrog 9th January 2014, 05:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs77
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
I just don't want to see 'hating' on other cases that suit other requirements.

Has nothing to do with hate really. It's an oppinion, one that seems to lead to harsh reactions by some people.

How is it a 'harsh' reaction? Am I not allowed to respond to your statement that 'mITX shouldn't be bigger than some 15 liters' and voice my own opinion? An opinion that is backed up by the fact mentioned by Bindibadgi that the Prodigy is the best selling Mini-ITX case available. Never mind the fact that the basis for your whole argument seems to be a personal preference that Mini-ITX systems should be compact and that there is no reason that they should be any larger than your own defined 15ltrs, a statement that is clearly inaccurate.
subtec 9th January 2014, 06:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgeStorm
I wouldn't consider the TJ08e and this in the same size bracket.
A 30L case and a 28L case aren't in the same size bracket?


The thing is, microATX is superior to mini-ITX in every way, except for size. So if you have the option of a mATX case and a mini-ITX case, and both are approximately the same size, why would you choose the mini-ITX case?
saxovtsmike 9th January 2014, 09:33 Quote
nice $hitstorm...
I like the 250D, but it hast one design fault, cause you are quite forced to use a AIO cooler or you will have to have a compromize in cpu cooling as you can´t fit a full size tower cooler. From what I´ve seen it´s not so useable to fit a fully fledged custom waterloop into it for cpu and gpu. But for an aircooled gpu it´s quite nice and prevents you from broken fingers as you have some space to work with
At the moment I´m having a modded Prodigy, with internal watercooling and an itx board.
Still there are many compromizes that I had to make.
The N1 is a nice case if you want to go to the limit about cramping a case with hardware.
For me, and that´s just my personal opinion, a case should not be cramped, full with stuff , it can be roomy inside (some call it inefficient) so that you can choose out of a wider range of hardware.
To continue this, I´d say the case with the most options regarding the hardware to fit in with a itx board would be the caselabs s3, as it has enough room to fit an aftermarket cooling system for the gpu which ocupies 3 slots.
the reason you go for an matx case would mostly be fitting 2 gpu´s means with only 4 pcie slots you cut out the Sniper M mainbords which would need a 5 slot case like 350D instead of a Arc Mini.

IF hardware fits into a case, doesn´t guaranty or say that the hardware suites into it....
bawjaws 9th January 2014, 10:14 Quote
I've no idea why threads here turn into heated arguments so often these days :( I think it's totally fine for everyone to have different opinions as to what a mini-ITX or micro-ATX case should be - some prefer the case to be as small as possible, some like a lot of room for watercooling or for ginormous GPUs or a raft of drives. The great thing about the small form factor scene just now is that there are cases out there for pretty much everyone's requirements, and we should be celebrating that rather than getting dragged into petty squabbles all the bloody time.
Shirty 9th January 2014, 10:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by subtec
A 30L case and a 28L case aren't in the same size bracket?


The thing is, microATX is superior to mini-ITX in every way, except for size. So if you have the option of a mATX case and a mini-ITX case, and both are approximately the same size, why would you choose the mini-ITX case?

For me, it's because I knew right from the outset that the only expansion port I'd require for the next several years would be a single PCIe x16 slot. This coupled with the flexible drive options, the looks, the unmatched ITX air-cooling, the water-cooling potential and the ability to fit a larger than dual slot GPU were all reasons I went for the Prodigy.

I know it's not right for some, but my reasoning is that I have a small, very quiet case where the overclocked CPU never breaches 45°C and the GPU never gets much over 65°C. It maxes out every current game at 1080p (again, no plans for an imminent update to that), and should I need more grunt all I need to do is drop in a beefier GPU.

Plus I can pick it up and walk around with it if I want to :)
rayson 9th January 2014, 10:46 Quote
for me with cases like the prodigy and this it is not the size that i have and issue with it is the inefficient use of space even those large case like tj 11 have some sort of use of the space in the case such as the ability to add dual 480 rads and stuff. in the prodigy you can have all the same functionality whilst making it smaller or add more features whilst keeping the case the same size.
Shirty 9th January 2014, 11:12 Quote
You are lacking imagination.

This has wasted space:

http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2012/09/bitfenix-prodigy-review/13-1280x1024.jpg

This doesn't:

http://rog.asus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/IMG_6532.jpg

Nor does this:

http://www.tonymacx86.com/attachments/retail-cases/32751d1348704753-bitfenix-prodigy-water-cooled-jack-o-lantern-mod-bitfenix_06.jpg

Remember that the Prodigy was never about being the smallest - far from it. It was about being the most flexible, moddable small case on the mass market. It has succeeded spectacularly.
GeorgeStorm 9th January 2014, 11:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by subtec
A 30L case and a 28L case aren't in the same size bracket?


The thing is, microATX is superior to mini-ITX in every way, except for size. So if you have the option of a mATX case and a mini-ITX case, and both are approximately the same size, why would you choose the mini-ITX case?

Didn't realise they were that close, did a quick google for sizes and the Silverstone seemed bigger (10cm taller or something?)

The main reason you go mitx is so you can fit other things into the same amount of space without making it hard to access the motherboard etc (watercooling or whatever) I guess.
ModaRobby 27th January 2014, 20:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shirty
You are lacking imagination.

Remember that the Prodigy was never about being the smallest - far from it. It was about being the most flexible, moddable small case on the mass market. It has succeeded spectacularly.

I read a little bit of the debate on the previous page and then it became TL;DR. But I agree with Schizo (not that it really matters because we are just throwing opinions around like they magically become facts when they leave our mouths)

To the point, I just ordered a Prodigy and an ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe and am selling my P8Z77-V PRO and meanwhile stuffing all my watercooling gear into the Prodigy.

I searched and studied a lot of cases and not a single one of them had the features/flexibility of the Prodigy while still looking good and being small (I currently have a HAF 922 so small has a different meaning to me than some of you maybe)

I'm going to put a dual 120mm rad and a 220mm (or 240mm, whatever the big square one is... ) rad in it. And all this WC gear:

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/822/c74g.jpg

Only sad part is I'll lose my raid setup but it's cool, my 3TB still has 1.5TB left even after music and like 150 movies.

Can ya tell I don't get to discuss my build often? Haha

EDIT: And this should account for something: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=253141
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