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Corsair Carbide Series 200R Case Review

Waco    -   November 14, 2012
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Conclusion:

There are times when new cases come to me and I have no real strong feelings one way or the other about them. Those cases are usually average in performance and features at a given price point. I'm pleased to say that not only is this not one of those cases but also that this chassis really is outstanding in many ways. The asking price of $59.99 is extremely low when you look at the overall package that you get for that small amount of money. The Corsair Carbide Series 200R is roomy on the inside with plenty of room to route your wiring however your heart desires. There's ample room for long GPUs without obstructing the use of the 2.5" and 3.5" drive bays. The 5.25" external bays are tool-less as are the 2.5" and 3.5" drive bays. There are mounting points for an additional five 120mm or 140mm fans and there is ample room for a self-contained water cooling system or even a custom loop if you're feeling creative.

The styling on the 200R is also a personal favorite of mine – the resemblance to the Corsair 650D is more a result of the clean aesthetics and overall "black box" look but it really works here. Most cases down in the $60 range usually adorn themselves in bright colors and gimmicky features (which are usually poorly implemented). Like the GameTiger Mage Mi-3 I reviewed a few weeks ago, this Corsair Carbide Series 200R skips the usual additions that add no real value and sticks to what a case should do: house your components, be easy on the eyes, and be a pleasure to work with. There are no real faults here in terms of useless additions or annoyingly cheap "features".

If there is one fault in the 200R it is the stock cooling setup. While it is by no means lacking it does fall a bit short of most cases in terms of CPU and GPU temps under load. This is likely a combination of its larger size combined with the somewhat high position of the front intake fan, which I believe contributes to the higher GPU temperature and lead to the higher CPU temperatures from the heat off the back of the GPU. Simply moving the front intake fan to the bottom fan position would likely cure this at a cost of nothing other than a few minutes of time.

So there you have it. This case offers nearly everything that the more expensive 300R and 400R offer but at a much lower price without any real drawbacks in terms of usability or construction. If I were building a new rig today I'd honestly have a hard time passing up such a good deal on a case that must be built with razor-thin margins. I can't think of another way Corsair has managed to pack this much case into just under $60. People; we have a winner!

 

Pros:

  • PRICE!
  • Good construction quality
  • Excellent room for components given overall dimensions
  • Laid-back styling reminiscent of the 650D
  • 2.5" SSD mounts!

 

Cons:

  • Cooling could be better (move/add some fans?)
  • No grommets for wiring (but no window to see in anyway)


 

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  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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