Corsair Carbide Series 200R Case ReviewWaco - November 14, 2012
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Finally free from all of its packaging the Carbide 200R immediately reminds me of the more expensive Carbide 650D. Granted, the 650D is a much more expensive and much larger case overall, but the initial impression and overall styling cues seem to borrow from the 650D stable. The front side panel is bare with the exception of a pair of mounting points for dual 120mm/140mm fans. The back side panel is completely featureless and doesn't even sport a simple bumped out section for cable management. This usually doesn't bode well for cable management but due to the overall width of this case I don't think that will be an issue, bumped out panel or not. At the front of the case there is a mesh opening to allow airflow in to the internal 120mm intake fan.
Moving on to the front of the case you can see that it is again very spartan. Personally I like designs like this that are clearly focused on function without a bunch of cost-adding "features" that do little more than offend the eyes. The Corsair logo is the only real interruption of the clean front panel aside from the front I/O panel at the top. The three external 5.25" bays are covered by flat plastic covers that match the finish of the rest of the front panel. Spinning around to the backside of the case we are greeted by a single 120mm exhaust fan along with venting holes next to the PCIe expansion slots. Curiously enough Corsair has skipped the inclusion of holes for external water cooling tubing, though I can't say I've seen someone take advantage of said holes in any build in recent memory so their loss doesn't seem very painful.
A closer look at the front of the case highlights clean styling. The front panel of the case is actually slightly slimmer than the overall width of the case, which helps reduce the apparent size of the chassis when viewing it from the front. The front I/O panel includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of headphone and microphone ports, and a combination power/reset button. Moving down a bit you can see more clearly the mesh opening for the front intake fan a bit more clearly. These holes are backed with mesh to allow for easy cleaning without dismantling the front panel of the case. As always the easier a case is to keep clean the more likely it is to stay clean!
The top panel of the case along with the side panel both include mounting holes for 120mm and 140mm fans. The mounting points for the 120mm fans on the top panel are shifted away from the motherboard to allow for internal mounting of self-contained water cooling systems like the H100 without getting in the way of most motherboard components and memory. I have the feeling you could shoehorn a custom loop into the top of the case as well as long as you were careful to choose a slim 240mm radiator and standard-width 25mm fans. The side panel mounts are of the more standard type and have the 120mm fans centered within the 140mm mounting points. Should you desire to add more cooling to this case there is definitely room to do it! Unfortunately the back panel is only wide enough to accommodate a 120mm exhaust fan, but I have the feeling most will keep the stock fan in place anyway.
With the help of my brand new gravity-inversion device we can take a look at what Corsair has done with the bottom of the Carbide 200R. Four rubberized feet promise to keep any vibrations in your chassis from reaching the floor and vice versa. The center of the case has a large mesh section to add a bottom-mounted intake fan to keep your components cool – you have the option of using a 120mm or 140mm fan should you decide to take that route. Towards the rear of the case the 200R includes yet another welcome feature in the form of a power supply intake fan filter. This filter slides out from the back of the case and does not require you to lift, disassemble, or otherwise go out of your way to remove it for cleaning. Clearly Corsair thought through what features to keep when slimming down the price of this chassis!
Overall the exterior of the Corsair Carbide 200R seems to keep up with the overall level of quality and features seen in the higher-end Carbide cases. Move on to the next page to see how the insides of this clean and classy case stack up!