Cooler Master N200 Reviewred454 - June 6, 2013
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Cooler Master N200 Testing:
Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, and motherboard during idle and load phases. The load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor 1.21.0. Please note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 3.9 GHz (100 MHz x 39)
- CPU Cooling: Corsair H100
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance 9-9-9-24 16 GB
- Video Card: XFX Radeon HD4870
- PSU: Cooler Master GX750W
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- SSD: Kingston Hyper X 120GB
- Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
What this shows is that the radiator in front on the N200 has an advantage under load by being up front and drawing in ambient air. The smaller case though did not fare as well with the GPU. The N200 has a side vent, but no fan installed and for testing I did not install a fan at first. That GPU was rather toasty. The side fan on the 500R clearly helps the GPU get a fresh supply of cool air. And the warm air coming from the H100 directly into the case doesn't help the GPU on the N200 either. So I installed a Corsair SP120mm side fan and reran the GPU stress test.
Better results, but still on the warm side. So a side fan should be on the menu to benefit the cooling of your graphics card. But a smaller case often does not have the airflow that a larger case has, so things tend to run a bit warmer. Newer GPUs tend to run a bit cooler too, so that will also help to keep the temps down.
As for the fan sound, at idle things are nice and quiet. When the fans ramp up under a load, it is not bad at all. Of course, a small case typically has fewer fans, so that keeps the noise down. I have to say the GPU fan made the most noise under load. And when I added the side fan, there was some more fan noise, again when the system was under a load.