Cooler Master N200 Reviewred454 - June 6, 2013
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Cooler Master N200 Conclusion:
The Cooler Master N200 looks unassuming and innocent - quietly waiting in the shadows. But this little case has some big features. The one that really stands out is the support for a front mounted radiator. This allows the case to retain its small size, but pack a punch in the cooling department. Surprisingly, there is enough space for a full 240mm radiator in a push / pull fan configuration - and this is something that some full size tower cases have a hard time pulling off. For maximum airflow I recommend adding a side fan even if you don't go with a water cooled system. A discrete GPU would benefit from some cool fresh air from a side fan. As SSDs become more popular, case manufacturers are getting creative and making room for them. And with a front USB 3.0 port, plus four SSD mounting locations, this little case can run with larger cases.
Another thing that impressed me was that despite the small size, the PSU cables (which usually get in the way) could be easily tucked away in the pocket below the motherboard tray. This allows for a less cluttered build, especially if your PSU has a lot of extras cables to hide. The PSU filter and the front fascia panel are also easy to remove for quick cleaning. That covers the pros - as for the cons, well, the only thing for me is that I am used to larger cases with more room to work. Of course it is no surprise that in a small case, things are tighter and you may have to plan your build a little more carefully so you don't "build" yourself into a corner.
Pricing is comparable to other cases with similar features and is currently available at Newegg for $49.99. If you are planning on building a system based on an ITX or Mini ATX motherboard, then you won't be disappointed with the N200 - especially if you want to live on the wild side and go with a water cooling system.
- Support for up to a 240mm front radiator
- Up to four places to mount an SSD
- Top and side fan options
- Easy filter cleaning
- Nice cable management
- Compact size (if you have limited computer space)
- Compact size - sometimes hard to work in small spaces during the install
- It has one optional side fan, but two would be nice