Corsair launches $59 Carbide Series 200R budget enthusiast case

By on October 25, 2012, 5:30 PM

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.

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