Corsair Carbide 200R Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on November 16, 2012


Introduction

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The 200R is the latest addition to Corsair’s Carbide series of cases, and it is targeted to users who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a case but still want to take home a good-quality product with a decent set of features. Let’s see if this case fulfills its goals.

The Corsair Carbide 200R is only offered in black.

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Figure 1: Corsair Carbide 200R case

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Figure 2: Corsair Carbide 200R case

The left panel of the Carbide 200R has two meshes, supporting the installation of two 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The case comes with rubber rings for these fans, in order to reduce noise and vibration. There are no air filters on these meshes.

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Figure 3: Left panel

The Front Panel

The front panel of the Corsair Carbide 200R is very plain, with three external 5.25” bays with solid covers. The case offers two USB 3.0 ports and the standard audio jacks on the top part of the front panel.

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Figure 4: Front panel

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Figure 5: Buttons and connectors

The case comes with one 120 mm fan on its front panel, using a three-pin fan connector. Technical specifications for this fan are not provided. A second 120 mm fan can be installed. The front fan pulls air from the sides of the front panel, and the air intakes have air filters.

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Figure 6: Front fan

The Top, Bottom, and Rear Panels

The top panel of the Corsair Carbide 200R is meshed, supporting two 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The case comes with rubber rings for these fans, in order to reduce noise and vibration. There is no air filter on this mesh. Although usually an air filter on the top panel is unnecessary, since this case’s top mesh has big holes, this might be a concern.


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Figure 7: Top panel

The bottom panel of the Corsair Carbide 200R has an air filter for the power supply fan, but it doesn’t come with one for the optional bottom fan.

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Figure 8: Bottom panel

The rear panel and the interior of the Corsair Carbide 200R are painted black.

On the Corsair Carbide 200R, the power supply is installed at the bottom of the case.

The product comes with a 120 mm fan installed on its rear panel. This fan uses a three-pin power connector. No technical specifications for this fan are provided.

This case has seven expansion slots with vented slot covers.

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Figure 9: Rear panel

Let’s now take a look inside the Corsair Carbide 200R.

Inside the Corsair Carbide 200R

Both panels are attached to the chassis using black thumbscrews, which is great to see on an entry-level case. The motherboard tray has a huge cutout for you to access the backplate of the CPU coolers without having to remove the motherboard from the case, a few holes for you to route cables behind it, and several clips for you to fasten cables using cable ties.

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Figure 10: Overall look

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Figure 11: A view behind the motherboard tray

In Figure 12, we get another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened using black thumbscrews, which is terrific to see on an entry-level case. The Corsair Carbide 200R supports video cards up to 16.9” (430 mm) long on the top three slots and up to 11.8” (300 mm) on the remaining four slots. The reviewed case supports CPU coolers up to 6.3” (160 mm) tall.

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Figure 12: Overall look

The power supply is installed at the bottom of the case. It can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it. As shown before, there is an air filter for the power supply fan.

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Figure 13: Power supply compartment

The Corsair Carbide 200R supports a 120 mm or 140 mm fan on its bottom panel. Unfortunately, there is no air filter for this optional fan.

Without a bottom fan installed, the reviewed case supports power supplies up to 11.8” (300 mm) deep. With a 120 mm fan installed, you can have a power supply up to 7.5” (190 mm) deep; and with a 140 mm fan installed, you can have a power supply up to 7.1” (180 mm) deep.

The Disk Drive Bays

The Corsair Carbide 200R has three external 5.25” bays, four internal 3.5” bays, and four internal 2.5” bays, all featuring tool-less installation mechanisms.


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Figure 14: Disk drive bays

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Corsair Carbide 200R include:

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

The Corsair Carbide 200R provides an outstanding value for users who are looking for an inexpensive yet decent case. It offers several features usually only found on more expensive products.

Strong Points

Weak Points

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