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Corsair has added a fresh entry to the growing list of low-cost, no-nonsense enthusiast chassis available today, unveiling its new Carbide Series 200R. The $59 mid-tower enclosure serves as a nice counterpart to Cooler Master's venerable HAF 912, offering a similarly well-rounded feature set with less aggressive aesthetics.
Corsair touts the 200R's tool-less design, noting that you'll only have to pick up a screwdriver to install your motherboard. The side panels and PCIe slots are equipped with thumbscrews, while the chassis has a tool-free solution for mounting storage and optical drives, including built-in support for 2.5-inch solid-state drives.
As is increasingly common among enthusiast cases, the storage drive cage is mounted sideways to help with cable management, and you'll find other standard niceties like a hole below the CPU area, a series of cutouts for clean wire routing, factory-supplied dust filters an all-black internal paint job that matches the exterior.
The case can hold up to four HDDs and four SSDs at once, eight fans (depending on your storage setup), seven expansion cards with a maximum length of 430mm (16.9in) or 300mm (11.8in) when installed behind a storage drive cage, three 5.25-inch devices, and a CPU cooler that measures up to 160mm (6.3in) tall.
Although there's plenty of room for you to expand the 200R's cooling, it only ships with one 120mm front intake and one 120mm rear exhaust, which should be sufficient for most builds. The chassis measures 490 x 270 x 560mm (19.29 x 10.63 x 22.05in) and is constructed primarily out of steel with ABS accent pieces.
There's not much to say about the 200R's externals, which is probably a good thing if you're into the whole understated minimalist thing. Besides fan grills, the only features of note are two USB 3.0 ports along with audio jacks on the front panel. The 200R is available through Newegg, though it's $20 above the MSRP.
The Corsair Carbide 500R supports mATX and ATX motherboards. It has room for up to six 3.5-inch hard drives via two removable cages, four 5.25-inch devices, a full 240mm radiator and eight expansion slots with support for graphics cards up to 452mm long. The enclosure has positions for six 120 or 140mm fans and it ships with a 200mm unit on the side, two 120mm fans in front and one rear 120mm exhaust.
The mid-tower HAF 912 is already selling for $59.99. Bearing a striking resemblance to the 922, the 912 is only marginally narrower and shorter at 19" x 9" x 19.5". However the 912 deviates from previous HAF models in other ways, such as losing some of the tool-less capabilities, while picking up support for 2.5" drive mounting, a popular option of SSD use. Air flow is also somewhat reduced, with only two 120mm fans included, rather than the large 200mm ones we've grown used to seeing in the HAF series.
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