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Corsair unveils the Carbide 200R

Corsair unveils the Carbide 200R

Corsair's 200R is the cheapest model in the Carbide family, but still ticks most of the boxes for budget buyers.

Corsair's case-building division has formally announced a new entry its Carbide family, the compact mid-tower 200R.

Designed to appeal to budget-conscious system builders who nevertheless try to avoid the razor-sharp super-cheap cases on the market, the Carbide 200R builds on the existing Carbide models with a cut-down version. Despite this, the company has tried hard to tick all the major boxes: the case is entirely tool-free except for motherboard mounting, with thumbscrews on the case and expansion slots and clever mounting systems for 5.25" and 3.5" bays, and includes two USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports at the front, cable routing ducts and support for 2.5" drives without adapters.

'The Carbide 200R is a great value case that breaks the mould by offering intelligent features, great cooling expandability, elegant looks, and is extremely easy to build,' boasted Thi La, Corsair's senior vice president of memory and enthusiast products, at the unveiling. 'Too often PC builders on a budget are limited to low quality, poor-performing cases with ‘extreme’ looks. Now they have a clear, refined choice.'

The case includes a matte-black interior with room for seven expansion cards, four hard drives, four SSDs and three 5.25" devices, and includes two fans as standard with room for another six. Graphics cards of up to 430mm long are supported, although this drops to 300mm if the secondary drive cage is installed, while CPU coolers of up to 160mm are compatible. The front of the case includes dust filters, the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports and microphone and headphone HD Audio connectors.

Most impressive of all is Corsair's positioning of the Carbide 200R in the market: while official UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, the company's US recommended retail price for the case is a budget-friendly $59.99 (around £37.33 excluding taxes) making it the cheapest Corsair Carbide case around and a serious contender for the budget buyer.

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GuilleAcoustic 25th October 2012, 11:30 Quote
I think there's a typing mistake in the title : "Corsiar" ... :)
Gareth Halfacree 25th October 2012, 11:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
I think there's a typing mistake in the title : "Corsiar" ... :)
Damnit - I made doubly-sure to spellcheck the body, and completely missed the transposition in the title. It's been a long week... Fixed, ta!
liratheal 25th October 2012, 12:01 Quote
Wow. Forty quid isn't bad, all things considered.
Zinfandel 25th October 2012, 12:09 Quote
Well, this being about £50 explains why the 300r has gone up £10 in the last month or two.
mi1ez 25th October 2012, 12:12 Quote
nice looking case at a great price! If it wasn't for me wanting to go mITX next build, this may have been the case!
Hustler 25th October 2012, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Wow. Forty quid isn't bad, all things considered.

More like £50 once you factor in the price gouging, UK retail rip off merchants we have in this country.
Gareth Halfacree 25th October 2012, 13:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
More like £50 once you factor in the price gouging, UK retail rip off merchants we have in this country.
It's VAT that'll be the killer: including VAT, $59.99 is about £45 - which makes £49.99 a likely price point in the UK.
[PUNK] crompers 25th October 2012, 21:28 Quote
If they can keep it below £50 it should still be a good buy, nice looking case imo
fluxtatic 26th October 2012, 06:54 Quote
Doesn't look too bad...although it has more than a passing resemblance to the Antec 300 I picked up on sale for $30 not so long ago. To be fair, the 300 doesn't have a painted interior. And, while I don't know Corsair's 2.5" mounting method, Antec's consists of 4 screw holes in the floor of the case :\ Even at that, though, it was a screaming deal on a well-ventilated case that came with a 120mm and a 140mm fan.
PingCrosby 27th October 2012, 19:51 Quote
I is gonna get me self one of these innit
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