Cooler Master NR200P Review 10

Cooler Master NR200P Review


Value and Conclusion

  • The Cooler Master NR200P in one of the special colors, including Sunset Orange, has an MSRP of US$129 excl. taxes.
  • Excellent price point
  • Two retail-grade fans included
  • Excellent assembly experience: whole case may be taken apart
  • Smooth, high-quality paint job
  • PCIe 3.0 riser cable included
  • Velcro strips around the PSU bay for easy cable management
  • Lots of hooks for securing all other leads
  • Fan-mounting system pre-assembled
  • Several general layout options centered around vertical or horizontal GPU mounting
  • Three different ways to mount PSU
  • Plenty of storage support for an ITX chassis
  • Mounting holes for custom liquid cooling loop components
  • Tool-less HDD mounting system
  • 4-mm-thick glass panel included on top of vented panel
  • Fine metal mesh in ceiling, NR-Style
  • Magnetic dust filters on all panels
  • Only one set of unique mounting screws for 3.5" drive
  • No USB-C
  • PCIe ribbon rather stiff
  • Only SFX PSU allows for no compromise on GPU length
In the past, we had the opportunity to review the NR200P Max, which managed to leave a positive impression. Looking at the Cooler Master NR200P, there is very little to be criticized, too. For $130, you get an ITX case, two fans, PCIe riser cable, and alternative glass side panel. Those combined already make for a very strong unique selling point, making for great bang for the buck.

But the good news just keeps on coming; with a clean, smooth paint job where both the plastic and metal colors match nicely to the ability to pull off all panels, the NR200P makes an excellent first impression as well. The included PWM fans are functional, of high-quality, and come pre-assembled to take advantage of the tool-less system provided in the ceiling. With that same approach for hard drives, the resulting assembly process becomes no harder than any classic chassis with the only concern being size constraints to make the most of the room provided.

In that respect, the NR200P gives you several options, each with pros and cons around thermals or visual appeal. Using an SFX PSU is the best choice for the most flexibility, so that the classic, horizontal GPU mount results in no compromises around fan support, GPU length, or AIO space. On the flip side, that also means sticking with the vented metal mesh panel as it simply doesn't look appealing with the glass panel.

You could instead go with a vertical GPU to focus on flashy looks through the glass, but would give up the possibility to accommodate two additional fans. In our thermal benchmarks, which utilize a compact air cooler, this system configuration also boxed up the SSD and chipset between the GPU, ribbon cable, and CPU cooler, creating a rather unhealthy hot spot. That said, it is generally suggested to go with an AIO within the NR200P, especially if planning for a vertical GPU. That said, thermals and noise are quite alright for an ITX chassis.

The only real gripe with the chassis is that Cooler Master does not include enough special pin screws for the maximum three 3.5" storage drive locations the chassis actually provides. All in all, you get an excellent case of solid build quality, with excellent accessories and a versatile building experience. Even when opting for a flashy color, the Cooler Master NR200P lands at an affordable price.
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