Corsair's Carbide Series 200R
Corsair is known for its understated yet elegant designs, and the 200R definitely follows that tradition. I wouldn't be ashamed to put the case on my desk—if I didn't have plenty of room under it, that is.
The filtered front vents are tucked away on the sides, which keeps the face nice and plain. You've got the two USB 3.0 ports, audio in and out, and power and reset buttons at the top. Beneath those are the three optical drive bays, and there's a tiny Corsair logo at the bottom. Doesn't get much simpler than that.
Flip the case around, and you can see the power supply goes at the bottom, and the side panels are kept in place with easily removable thumb screws. We wouldn't expect less from a self-respecting enthusiast case.
The black paint job extends to the inside. That's a nice touch, especially for a case this cheap.
As we noted earlier, the 200R's internals somewhat mirror those of more upscale Corsair cases like the Obsidian Series 650D. The 200R and 650D both have nice, big cut-outs in the motherboard tray, which make routing cables and accessing the back of the CPU socket a breeze. Both cases also sport sideways hard-drive bays and completely tool-less storage mounts. The 200R has fewer drive bays in all, though, and its cable-routing holes aren't lined with rubber. Still, the family resemblance is clear.
In the shot above, you can see the two pre-installed 120-mm fans: one at the front and one at the back. There's a second front fan mount, which Corsair hides under the front bezel. You can pop off the bezel without too much trouble by bending plastic clips on the left side.
Note the space between the 3.5" and 5.25" drive bays. That gap leaves room for uber-long graphics cards, and it also plays host to the 200R's plastic cage for four 2.5" drives.
Installing an SSD is as simple as pushing it in until the drive clicks into place. To remove it, pull back the tab on the side and slide the drive back out. Easy as pie. The cage doesn't have a lot of ventilation on the sides, but solid-state drives shouldn't run all that hot. We'll check SSD and hard-drive temperatures in a bit.
Speaking of ventilation, the 200R has a copious number of vents. In addition to the two 120-mm fan spots at the front and the one at the rear, Corsair offers vented emplacements for two side fans (both 120-mm), two top fans (both 140-mm or 120-mm), and one bottom fan (120-mm or 140-mm). The two top fan emplacements can also double as a home for a jumbo-sized liquid cooling radiator.
Corsair sticks a nice, easy-to-remove dust filter under the PSU fan intake. The front vents are filtered, too, but the other vents are left bare. Any dust that gets sucked through the central bottom vent—or that falls in through the top ones—is going to go right inside the case.
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