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Corsair shows off new cases including its first Mini-ITX chassis

by Mark Tyson on 7 January 2014, 17:05

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Corsair has released a broadside volley of PC cases at us today including its first Mini-ITX chassis as part of the brushed aluminium and steel Obsidian range and two new full-tower PC cases which will join the Graphite series.

Corsair Obsidian 250D

Corsair has announced immediate availability of the new Obsidian Series 250D performance Mini-ITX PC case. This is the company's first chassis built for the increasingly popular form factor. As part of the Obsidian range you can observe that the design retains the high quality brushed aluminium look and steel construction.

Despite its diminutive size the case can accommodate a wide range of high performance full sized components including Corsair's own PSUs and liquid coolers. "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," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair.

Key Corsair Obsidian Series 250D specs include: room for two expansion cards up to 290mm in length, 200mm PSU clearance, 2 x 3.5/2.5-inch combo bays, 2 x 2.5-inch bays, 1 x 5.25-inch drive bay. The case has two front mounted USB 3.0 ports and headphone/mic jacks. The case uses thumbscrew side panels and tool-free drive bays. Overall there is room for five fans including 120mm or 140mm at case front and 120mm/240mm fans at the side.

This Mini-ITX Obsidian measures 290mm x 277mm x 351.2mm and weighs 4.42Kg. The suggested retail price is $89.99.

Corsair Graphite Series 760T and 730T full-tower PC cases

Here's another two Corsair cases announced today. Let's start by looking at the new flagship of the Graphite series, the 760T. Corsair says that this case combines both sophisticated symmetrical design and ease of use. This full-tower case is available in either Arctic White or Black.

The Corsair Graphite Series 760T boasts nine expansion slots and should help you achieve most of your enthusiast PC builds with ease; supporting larger motherboards and running multiple GPU and other expansion cards. For storage devices you have a flexible array of options available; up to 12 total combo drive bays are available to populate. There are also four tool-free 2.5-inch SSD drive cages and three 5.25-inch bays.

Looking at cooling considerations the new 760T has a hi/lo fan controller and includes three 140mm fans as standard. There is also room for up to 8 fans and four radiators for your liquid coolers.

For ease of access and build the case has swing out side panels released by a single latch and tool free drive bays. Thumbscrews are supplied for all your expansion cards and there is ample cable routing room available beneath the motherboard tray.

This case has 4 x USB ports on the front panel (two of which are USB 3.0 compatible). It measures 22.4 x 9.7 x 22.2-inches and will be available from February.

US prices for the Corsair Graphite Series 760T are $189.99 for the Arctic White version and $179.99 for the Black version. The Corsair Graphite Series 730T is Black only and costs $139.99 – the only other difference to the 760T is that the 730T doesn't have any windows on the side panels and lacks the hi/lo fan controller.



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The Obsidian 250D is not that small for a mini-ITX case.
I'm not sure about the 250D, it's too big to go on top of my desk and too small to go underneath.

I can't see that you could put this case anywhere you couldn't put a 350D and the larger case is just so much more flexible.
CAT-THE-FIFTH
The Obsidian 250D is not that small for a mini-ITX case.


Na pretty chunky aint it, quite nice though. I suppose its closest competition (excluding lian li) with regards to being a high performance mini ITX would be the Bitfenix Prodigy, which it is actually smaller than.

290 x 277 x 351.2mm (Corsair)
vs
250 x 404 x 359mm (Bitfenix)

Although that does include the handles on the Bitfenix.

Looking forwards to reviews on that one.

The new graphite cases look like a decent upgrade over the 600T aswell, very good looking cases IMO.
Like others, I'm not sold on the 250D. I'm still leaning towards the EVGA Hadron. I prefer the tiny tower approach, but I wouldn't mind if it bulked out a little to fit in an ATX PSU down the bottom and a rear 120mm fan.
aidanjt
Like others, I'm not sold on the 250D. I'm still leaning towards the EVGA Hadron. I prefer the tiny tower approach, but I wouldn't mind if it bulked out a little to fit in an ATX PSU down the bottom and a rear 120mm fan.

the Hadron (both Hydro and Air) dimentions are:
169 x 350 x 308mm

so overall i can see the appeal given its narrower and roughly the same in the other dimentions. Guess there is a lot of competition in this space actually.