Continuing with our beloved theme of top gaming computer cases, we’re going to take a gander at the Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case. This baby is chunky but sleek. Howe does it pull it off? With a black box of simplistic and elegant poise, that’s how. It might not be the flashiest computer case around, but it’s a good fit for serious gamers who don’t care about what makes their friends drool.
But the true judge of gaming computer case character is functionality. What features does the Corsair have that the others don’t? What’s right with it? What’s wrong with it? And should you buy it?
- 26.5 pounds heavy – it’s a hunka hunka burnin’ case.
- Seven PCIe slots with thumbscrews and room for GPUs 320mm long – so that’s an easy install and the capability for a good CPU and other components.
- Install up to four 3.5-inch and four 2.5-inch drives simultaneously. Did I mention that’s a tool free installation?
- Up to eight fan mounts for optimal cooling potential – so not really a burnin’ case, then. All the better.
- Dust filters for front and PSU intake. This keeps your case clean inside and makes sure that that cooling system works efficiently.
- Cable routing and CPU cooler backplate motherboard cutouts
- Tool-free SSD, HDD, and ODD installation – whenever I see the word tool-free, my heart grows like the Grinch’s at the end of that Christmas movie.
- Simple setup
- Clutter free case
- Looks great
- Efficient airflow
- Built in fans (120 mm) are very quiet
- Completely tool-less installation – no screwdriver incidents.
- Works well with an ATX sized motherboard
- Fits Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
- Case is too light – some vibration when fans are running full speed.
- Drive cage is made out of plastic . Sounds a bit cheap.
- Front fan doesn’t blow directly over the drive bays. Not great for cooling potential for avid gamers.
- Drive cages doesn’t have strong anchor points in the setup
And The Public Says…
Michael Armstrong says: “There’s no reason computers should be in large full tower cases anymore. This budget Corsair case is perfect for an ATX motherboard, 6 case fans, 4 HDD’s, 4 SSD’s, a full size power supply, and full size reference graphics card. What more could you ask for? Corsair hit a home run with this one.”
So, a great all rounder with a sleek style. Not the flashiest case around but with great potential for low -maintenance GPU installation and a cooling system that works. Pity about that plastic drive cage, though. Not into the Corsair Carbide? Check out a couple more of our best gaming computer cases here.