Cooler Master N200 Review

Cooler Master’s latest case offering is a mini tower packed with a lot of punch. Just a quick look at the case and one can see the simplistic approach taken by cooler master here. I’m a big fan of simple cases as they provide for the most usability for any kind of user. Cooler Master was able to add support for a 240mm radiator in the front right out of the box allowing the use of 240mm CPU coolers such as the Corsair H100i. The case comes with two 120mm fans. 1 in the front as intake and 1 in the rear as an exhaust, and if that was not enough for a case this size they also included spots to add a 140mm or a 120mm fan on the top and a 120mm in the side panel. The case allows users to add up-to four 2.5” SSD/HDDs and three 3.5” HDDs, the case also features a 5.25” drive bay for optical drives and fan controllers, and a 3.5” bay for when you are feeling a little “Old School”. You would need to remove the 3.5” bay if you want to place a 240 radiator in the front. If water cooling is not your thing you will be glad to know the case supports air coolers up to 160mm tall, and the front mesh panel with two 120mm fans will ensure airflow over all your components. The case’s interior is designed in a very smart away and maximizes the space and allows the users the option to try out a few unique ways of placing the drives in the case. The case has space for any of the newest and largest graphic cards like the GTX 690, GTX TITAN, and AMD HD 7990 (SLI or CrossFire). The case supports mATX and ITX motherboards allowing for some powerful gaming / LAN setups.
Cooler Master N200 dimensions
(L) 445 x (H) 378 x (D) 202mm / (L) 17.52 x (H) 14.9 x (W) 7.95 inch
Edgy asymmetrical design with full mesh on the front panel
Mini tower with great expandability that supports up to three 3.5″ HDD and four 2.5″ SSD
Supports a 240mm liquid cooling radiator in the front
Supports high-end graphics cards with a length of up to 355mm/14inch
Supports air CPU cooler heights up to 160mm/6.3inch
Supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0
Removable dust filter under the PSU for easy maintenance
You can see and read more details on the Cooler Master N200 Product Page

Before I get into more details I would like to thank Bill Owen and Cooler Master for the opportunity to review this case.

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39 thoughts on “Cooler Master N200 Review

  1. Thanks for the review Jesse. That looks like a very well thought out case, and those fan slots for mounting in the front is a great design.

  2. Great review on a nice case. Didn’t like the fact that there is no CPU connector cut out. To me that’s just a stupid oversight.

  3. Great review on a nice case. Didn’t like the fact that there is no CPU connector cut out. To me that’s just a stupid oversight.

    Totally agree as that could have also been easily used for routing fan cables as well. Should be a simple mod if anyone wanted to try out.

  4. while I understand the sentiment on the CPU powerline hole, You guys are Modders to some extent.  I bet you can figure something out.

  5. while I understand the sentiment on the CPU powerline hole, You guys are Modders to some extent.  I bet you can figure something out.

     
    It’s an easy obstacle to overcome. Simply put though it’s a minor oversight that shouldn’t have been made in my opinion. Definitely not a deal breaker on the case just a minor annoyance.

  6. Really nice finally a good replacement for the elite 340 and 341
    the 342 and 343 are much narrower which limited to cooler and fan options while reducing cable space.

    Bill is correct on the top fan grill being indented to add strength, personally I don’t mind it, would of been nice to put the fiter on top to fill in the indent, but that would of needed a frame a lot cheaper just to cut out a bit of mesh.
    Side panels are indented for similar reasons, add space and strength, wider frame would of allowed flat panels but the metal would need to be thicker and added to the weight, shipping and material costs. (when you’re bulk shipping by container load saving weight has an effect on final cost)

    Really nice to see things:
    -Off set, psu, top fan and front fans.
    -Taller feet with rubber inserts.
    -Top vent filter.
    -No wires attached to the front bezel, so you can remove it without taking your system apart.
    -Screwed in drive cages, not riveted in for easy repositioning or removal.
    -Nice big holes in the front frame vent.
    -I like the look, the oblong mesh gives it a nice distinguishing look.

    Nitpicking issues:
    -Top filter, the mesh cooler master uses isn’t very good, it’s good for fluff and pet hairs but not much use vs fine dust.
    -No filter on the side panel, the side panel vent tend to be an intake and need a filter much more than the top vent which tends to be an exhaust.
    -Front filter not removable (is it the same material as the top filter? if so that’s another nitpick)
    -The big gap at the bottom of the bezel is after the filter, so you’ll suck in unfiltered air through it. (would of been better to put the front filter on the front of the frame not the bezel)
    -Rubber mounts for SSD’s, it’s nice but ssd’s don’t make any vibrations so why would the need rubber mounts?
    -3.5″ external bay, I have to disagree with Greg, a 5.25″ bay is better than a 3.5″ bay because you can use an adaptor to put a 3.5″ device into a 5.25″ bay, 5.25″ bays are far more adaptable the big issue with them it that we just don’t think much past an optical drive for their use.

    Questions:
    How thick is the steel?
    How do the drives in the bottom 3.5″ cage mount?

    Overall for a cheap mATX gaming rig this looks like a great case.

  7. That looks a lot worse, just a couple of minor tweeks to some of their current cases.
    Really cheap drive cage arrangement so they cannot put the 240rad/fan mount in the front, so they stuck it on the side.
    While there is enough room for a slim rad doen’t look like there is enough room for tubing as well as the rad.
     
    That’s a great example of what I mean about the flexibility of 5.25″ bays over 3.5″ bays if that was just a simple 5.25″ continuous bay then you could stick a rad in the front inside the bays. 

  8. Also noticed on the N300, that they are saying you can mount a 240 rad in the roof, but when you do that there is no space left for fans (unless you mount them outside the case). Now that makes me a sad Panda  :(

  9. That N300 looks cool, would definitely love to get my hands on that but my wallet, on the other hand, would start to cry I think :D

  10. I’d actually expect the N300 to be slightly cheaper than the N200
     
    From the looks of it my guess is that the top vent in the N300 is also off set to allow a rad&fans to be fitted without major motherboard issues.
     
    Looks like there’s an N400 which is the same as the N300 but with a front bezel with the same styling as the N200 and an N600 
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product/Detail/case/mid-tower/n600.html which is more of a mid tower version of the N200, keeps the N200 styling, increases the width to 205mm and has screwed in drive cages.
     
    EDIT: Looks the the N200 is $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119274

  11. I’d actually expect the N300 to be slightly cheaper than the N200
     
    From the looks of it my guess is that the top vent in the N300 is also off set to allow a rad&fans to be fitted without major motherboard issues.

     
    On the N200 even with the offset fan mount on the roof, I could not install a 140mm fan. If I had a motherboard that did not have the CPU power up top, a 140mm fan would not have been an issue. 
     
    Also I will get you the thickness, and how the drives mount info once I get home. 

  12. I for one love the way the N200 looks! Definitely agree with Bill’s comment in the video review about it looking like an old IBM, but you know what thats what has me sold.
     
    Great review Jesse!

  13. Z-Pro 6221.  I think I’ve still got it, but no idea what shape it’s in anymore.  I think most of the back I/O is gone lol

  14. Z-Pro 6221.  I think I’ve still got it, but no idea what shape it’s in anymore.  I think most of the back I/O is gone lol

     
    PM me more info and any pics of it you can please, I’ve always wanted to mod one but all I’ve ever found still had working systems in them. (Gotta love that IBM reliability)

  15. On the N200 even with the offset fan mount on the roof, I could not install a 140mm fan. If I had a motherboard that did not have the CPU power up top, a 140mm fan would not have been an issue. 
     
    Also I will get you the thickness, and how the drives mount info once I get home. 

    Thanks Jesse.
     
    Quick question, motherboard and power before fan or after fan?
    I’ve had a similar issue in a small case where I couldn’t get a top 8pin power connector in with a 120mm fan (not offset) in the top, but I could get the plug in then fit the top 120mm.
    If you’re putting a rad in there then you’d pretty much have to connect the power first.as it’d be next to impossible to get to with a rad and fans in the way.
     
    But these are the sort of issues you have to work round in a small cheap case.

  16. I can see the EEL doing some amazing things with this case…..Hmmmm

     
    Hahah, who knows? 
     
    I’m more interested in CM’s return to ATC territory meself….

  17. Thanks Jesse.
     
    Quick question, motherboard and power before fan or after fan?
    I’ve had a similar issue in a small case where I couldn’t get a top 8pin power connector in with a 120mm fan (not offset) in the top, but I could get the plug in then fit the top 120mm.
    If you’re putting a rad in there then you’d pretty much have to connect the power first.as it’d be next to impossible to get to with a rad and fans in the way.
     
    But these are the sort of issues you have to work round in a small cheap case.

     
    The panels are .8 mm thick, and for mounting the drives you have to do it the old school way (use screws to mount them).
     
    If you put in your 120mm fan before you plug in your CPU power cable, your gonna curse at yourself for doing that. So yeah connect the cables before you mount the fan. 

  18. Wonder how much of that is the powder coat, probably 0.6-0.7mm steel then which is reasonable these days, many low end cases use 0.5mm
     
    So they use straight screws on mechanical vibration generating hard drives but rubber grommets on non-mechanical SSD’s :rolleyes:
    Why is it some manufactures just cannot seem to see the blindingly obvious?
     
    Still all round it does look like a good case, esp at that price, going to be a major challenge to the Fractal design Arc Mini and Silverstone PS07/TJ08e which I think are the current best mATX gaming case atm.
     

    I’m more interested in CM’s return to ATC territory meself….

    Do you mean the ATC or the ATCS?
    I never saw any of the ATC in the flesh, seen pictures, the 210 (I think) with the glass door, was an interesting idea
    The ATCS 840 I loved but it was a monster, I would love a mid tower sized version, keep the quality aluminium construction, the width and styling but cut the height and length down to the same as the HAF912, a 230mm fan in the front another one in the top and you’ve you a great looking air cooled system right there.

  19. Do you mean the ATC or the ATCS?

    I never saw any of the ATC in the flesh, seen pictures, the 210 (I think) with the glass door, was an interesting idea
    The ATCS 840 I loved but it was a monster, I would love a mid tower sized version, keep the quality aluminium construction, the width and styling but cut the height and length down to the same as the HAF912, a 230mm fan in the front another one in the top and you’ve you a great looking air cooled system right there.

     
    Interchangeable, as ATC was the original singular model distinction, such as ATC-201, etc.  Think of it as ‘ATC Series’, or ATCS.  Cut on a ton of them back in the day, but my fave out of the original series was the Praetorian.  Fast-forward 6-7 years to the 840, was a nice case, but don’t really think it really was of ATCS territory; didn’t have the same thick aluminum feel — perhaps because it was so big, I dunno.  Still, a very nice chassis to work on.
     
    The new model I’ve been dreaming about is the 710…
     

  20. Do you mean the ATC 710 GX2 ?
    Only the bezel was aluminium the insides look suspiciously like a chifetec dragon
    atc710linksoffen.jpg
     

  21. No, that’s an old case (albeit gorgeous).  Yes it is a Chieftech chassis under that; was very common at the time because of the success of the Dragon.  I don’t miss cutting on that case though…  *shudders*
     
    I meant the ATCS-710.  Here’s a link

  22. It’s sexah to me. 
     
    I wonder if we can derail this poor thread anymore than we already have?  :lol:
     
    Back on track!  *ahem*  Cooler Master  N200 rawks.

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