The front fan only cools the 2.5-inch section although 2.5-inch SSDs and HDDs are not as hot as their 3.5-inch counterparts which are yet the only means of ensuring maximum storage capacity.
An additional fan can be installed opposite the disk rack (or you can move the preinstalled fan there). This fan is going to be on the outer side of the chassis, under the decorative front panel, so there may be problems with air intake. There is but a tiny gap between the blank front panel and the fan.
The efficiency of the front fan is also questionable because the disk rack has but very small vent holes opposite the fan. The whole rack is supported by this panel, so it has to have fewer vents in order to be rigid.
Devices are packed very densely in the disk rack, which is another negative factor when it comes to the performance of a fan you can install opposite them.
Thus, we don’t think 3.5-inch drives are going to be cooled well even if you put in an additional fan. We’ll check this supposition out in practical tests, with and without such a fan.
Devices are fastened in the external 5.25-inch bays in an unusual way, using detachable plastic fasteners. As is typical of entry-level quick fasteners, the optical drive is rather loose in its bay, so you may want to fix it with screws instead.
A device can only be fastened with screws on the other side of an external bay.
The PSU bay is protected with a dust filter which is installed into the guides under the chassis. Besides it, the Carbide 200R’s dust protection is limited to the mesh on the sides of the front panel that prevents the front fans from drawing dust in.
We had no problems assembling our configuration in this computer case. The quick fasteners are easy to use. There are no sharp edges inside. And there’s a generous amount of space, especially for a graphics card. The single inconvenience is about taking the front panel off, which you have to do in order to install an additional front fan and remove external bay faceplates.
The cable compartment is wide, so you can easily close the corresponding side panel.
There’s a large cutout in the mainboard’s mounting plate and you can install and uninstall your CPU cooler without taking the mainboard out of the case. A cutout for a CPU power cable can also be noted here.
The default ventilation system consists of two 120mm fans: an intake one on the front panel (above the disk rack) and an exhaust one in its usual position on the back panel. Besides, there are as many as five seats for 120/140mm fans (two on the top panel, two on a side panel, and one on the bottom panel of the chassis) and one seat for a 120mm fan on the front panel opposite the disk rack.
In the mainboard’s Silent mode, the front fan worked at 800 RPM whereas the rear one, at 1280 RPM. The fans are actually identical but the mainboard’s header for the rear fan didn’t support speed regulation.
Our Thermalright TR-FDB-12-1300 fan, rated for 1300 RPM, also worked at 800 RPM in the mainboard’s Silent mode.
The assembled Corsair Carbide 200R looks much more expensive than it really is.
- Top-class exterior design
- USB 3.0 support
- Huge amount of space to install a graphics card
- Two preinstalled fans (a rare thing to see in such an inexpensive computer case)
- Affordable price
- Disk rack isn’t designed properly in terms of ventilation
- Unhandy fastening of the decorative front panel
- No adapter for an external 3.5-inch bay