Ever since Corsair entered the computer chassis market with the Obsidian 800D, it has been generally pretty succesful. In addition to the Obsidian series, Corsair also introduced the Graphite, Vengeance and of course the popular Carbide series. We were fans particularly of the Carbide 500R, 400R and 300R. Corsair has now released a new model in that series, the Carbide 200R which is aimed at the entry-level segment. Apparently, many consumers are choosing this new model over the 300R, even though that one isn't that much more expensive. Hardware.Info tested the 200R to find out whether it's worth buying over the 300R in order to save £15.
On paper at least, they are two very similar chassis, with almost the same size, both with two fans and two USB 3.0 ports. Judging by these specs it does indeed look like you're better off getting the 200R and spending the £15 you save on a couple of extra case fans or a better processor cooler. You can read the Hardware.Info review of the 300R here.
However, looks are sometimes deceiving. By that we mean that the two qualities of chassis that matter the most are the cooling performance and the noise levels.
First we're going to have a look at what the Carbide 200R has to offer. We compared it to eleven other chassis in the same price segment. The main competitor is the Antec Three Hundred Two, which is available for the same price.
That chassis also competes with the 300R, which performed slightly better in our test. The Three Hundred Two has since decreased in price, and now provides lots of value for your money. Corsair likely wants to position the 200R against that Antec chassis, but the question is whether it made too many concessions in order to be able to keep the price low.
The Carbide 200R is the red bar in the charts on the following pages, and the 300R is the green bar. As you can see, the 200R is slightly smaller than the 300R.