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Corsair Carbide Series 200R Case Review

Waco    -   November 14, 2012
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Testing:

Testing the Corsair Carbide 200R required pushing my hardware to heat things up as much as possible. Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Recently, OCC upgraded to the ForceGT 240GB SSD from Corsair and has removed the HDD temps from case reviews. Thus, HDTune is no longer a part of the case benchmarking process.

Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs along with 3DMark Vantage looping for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Cases:

 

Results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color me surprised. I expected temperatures to be roughly on par with some of the other similarly sized cases I've reviewed recently but for some reason the Corsair 200R lags behind a bit. The idle temperatures are fairly good across the board but the CPU and GPU load temperatures are higher than most of the cases we've tested. Do remember though that the cooling performance here is still by no means "bad" it just isn't quite as good as the other cases in the comparison. This Corsair case is substantially cheaper than almost all of the cases it's being compared to as well. I don't think this is any fault of the design but more of the lack of overall airflow per volume. A few fans in the top of the case or an additional intake fan at the bottom of the case would likely bring temperatures down substantially. Overall not a bad performance even if it was a bit disappointing.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: (The Case)
  3. Closer Look: (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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