...Corsair's Mini ITX voyage begins by targeting enthusiast users who seek to maintain extravagant performance in an enclosure that's considerably smaller than your traditional tower.
It has taken the best part of five years for Corsair to add a Mini ITX chassis to its burgeoning product line. This prolonged absence from a growing market opened the door for rivals, who were quick to fill the gap with high-performance solutions that have been eagerly endorsed by system builders.
The Obsidian Series 250D is designed to reclaim some of that lost ground, and Corsair's Mini ITX voyage begins by targeting enthusiast users who seek to maintain extravagant performance in an enclosure that's considerably smaller than your traditional tower.
Going for the jugular, Corsair has arranged the 250D with many of today's high-end components in mind. Instead of making miniaturisation the priority, the chassis serves the needs of performance aficionados who are looking to downsize while retaining full use of their existing arsenal. Got a 240mm radiator? A full-size PSU? An overclocked CPU? Or how about a 290mm-long graphics card? Not a problem, Corsair's 250D will take it all without breaking a sweat.
We believe that the future of the gaming PC is a desktop box that's compact, unobtrusive, quiet and yet powerful enough to drive today's latest games. Corsair hasn't ticked every box, and we're really hoping to see the manufacturer follow-up with additional models that are smaller still, yet while the 250D won't meet everyone's expectations of a Mini ITX case, it isn't lacking in performance potential.
The chassis' make-up is such that it has every chance of becoming a big hit with system integrators, who we suspect will be itching to launch a wave of SFF gaming PCs that take full advantage of the 250D's capabilities.
Ultimately, the Obsidian Series 250D has accomplished Corsair's goal of bringing high-end performance to a smaller form factor. The chassis can be recommended to enthusiast users for that reason alone, but if you do decide to use the 250D as the basis of your next machine, don't be surprised to find yourself looking to downsize again in the near future.
Solid build quality
Room for a high-end graphics card
Can house a 240mm radiator
Ample air-cooled potential
Tool-free storage bays
Multiple dust filters
A bit big, for a SFF chassis
Does little to minimise noise
Corsair Obsidian Series 250D
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