Excerpt: Cooler Master has a series of affordable chassis called the N series. They're also supposed to cool well and are made for liquid cooling including 240 mm radiators, perhaps making them a good and affordable option for a powerful rig. We'll take a closer look at four N series models and compare them to 28 other chassis in the same price segment.
Excerpt: I will give one thing to Cooler Master; they aren't afraid to try new things. The way the chassis market is going, there are a few things that have become "must-have" options when it comes to what a customer expects to see. Water cooling support is big these days, and so are fan filters built into the chassis. Native USB 3.0 is something that should be included, and there should be no need these days for a rainbow colored assortment of cabling.
Summary: The Cooler Master N200 Case has amazing potential and major bang for the buck. It comes with two 120mm fans and more can be installed, fan filters, ample drive bays, fits mATX & mITX motherboards, water cooling friendly, USB3, is lightweight, looks great and affordable.
Summary: Mainstream chassis design has never been all that exciting given that most companies will do whatever they can to increase the profit margin. These cost cutting measures often lead to cases that are weak, noisy and downright unusable. The Cooler Master N200 is different in that it takes a simple industrial design and makes it usable by a vast majority of system builders.
Pros: Solid Cooler Master Design, Clean Industrial Look, Perfect for Simple Mods, Compact Chassis, Perfect for Watercooling
Cons: Had issues with extremly large coolers, External 3.5" drive bay?, Cable routing in side panel not held in chassis
Summary: I’m not exactly sure what the “N” in the new Cooler Master N-series chassis stands for but if you told me it stood for “No Nonsense”, I would have believed you. It definitely does not stand for “No Frills” as it covers the basics and then some, including 240mm radiator support, as well as the ability to fit tall CPU coolers and the longest graphics cards available (even in dual CFX or SLI mode).
Conclusion: To sum things up, I think that the Cooler Master N200 is an everyman’s case, but not every man’s case. Its size and limited ability for additional hard drives, video cards, and optical disc drives severely hinders its ability to be an enthusiast case, but that isn’t what it is made for anyway. Its design as a small form factor case with room for water cooling is brilliantly executed.
Summary: With the build quality and abundance of features implemented throughout this case, it is easy to recommend this case as it provides incredible value.
Pros: Support for water cooling up to a 240mm front radiator,Up to four places to mount SSD’s,Top and side fan options,pre-installed Easy to clean filters,Good cable management,Compact size,Price,Easily removable dust filter for the power supply, modular HDD cage, supports the largest video cards,available with or without a side window
Cons: No room at the top for a standard fan has to be maximum 15mm thick, No pass through at the top of MB tray for an 8-pin connection