Cooler Master N200 Reviewred454 - June 6, 2013
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Cooler Master N200 Introduction:
It is hard to find a manufacturer with a wider range of cases than Cooler Master. From the HAF and COSMOS series monster cases down to the LAN box, Cooler Master has you covered. Today Cooler Master is back with its latest addition to its arsenal of N series cases, the N200. This mini tower packs some big features including support for a front radiator - that's right, a radiator up front. And not just a 120mm radiator, this little case can handle a full 240mm radiator. Now this is something really unheard of in a case this size, and for that matter, you really don't see it much on larger cases. So it is going to be interesting to see how Cooler Master manages to incorporate a big boy radiator up front. And fans - where will the fans go? Are we limited to either a push or pull configuration? Certainly there isn't room for both - or is there?
There are provisions to mount up to four SSDs too. The typical SSD (Solid State Drive) is rather small compared to a standard hard drive, but it will be interesting to see where Cooler Master finds the real estate for four of them. While Mini ITX form factor motherboards are nothing new, they seem to be making a comeback and manufacturers are releasing new motherboard models packed with the latest goodies. So you might expect case manufacturers to keep the smaller cases up-to-date with the latest features and Cooler Master is on top of it.
Cooler Master N200 Closer Look:
First, let's look at the box. Nothing fancy here - plain box with black text and a nice graphic on the front and back side. A little shipping damage on the bottom, but the contents are just fine. What we see on the panels are some profile shots of the Cooler Master N200 to get an idea just what's inside the box. As we look at the front side of the box, we see some of the features highlighted. We get a luxurious minimalist design with a full mesh front panel that supports a 240mm radiator in the front, long graphics cards up to 355mm / 14 inch, high CPU coolers up to 160mm /6.3 inch, as well as offering SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support. Now I am really ready to get it out of the box...
And here we go - out of the box. Heavy end caps keep everything perfect. And the plastic bag does its job and protects the case on the journey to your door.
Now that we have all the packing off, let's get down to business and see what makes this case tick!