Cooler Master MasterBox NR200 – Review

Cooler Master is great at design case and NR200 is their latest ITX case from masterbox series. We highly recommend it to anyone looking to build an ultra-high-end Small Form Factor PC, whether for gaming or content creation. While it’s not quite as easy to build in as a typical mid-tower, it’s far better than most ITX cases that aspire to high performance, and at about $119 without window panel and window panel will cost you at $149. It’s a true value.

The NR200 is different from standard Mini-ITX PC cases in the fact that it offers not only a broad range of compatibility but also an incredibly modular design. The modular design of the NR200 is made possible with the four panels of the case that can easily be removed, allowing for easier PC building.

The design of the NR200 is incredibly simple when compared to other cases on the market. The main feature of this case isn’t the overall design, but is instead the ability to fit a three-slot & full-length graphics card on the left side.

For air cooling, this case offers support for up to six fans that are 2x 120 mm in size top, rear 2x 92mm and side 2x 12mm or 140mm fans. Bundle with two Fans would be placed on the rear and top side of the case, while the one of the 92mm fan in the back would act as an exhaust drawing the hot air away from the CPU. This case features support for up to a 280 mm radiator on the side, while a 240 mm radiator is the best fit mounted to the side of the case.

The Front I/O Panel: Reset button 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x 3.5mm Headset Jack (Audio+Mic) and Power button at the centre of the I/O.

Open four sides of the panel are very easy, just use a little strength to pull out

Side view

The design of the case gives you full access to the back of the motherboard.

Remove inner side panel, but this is the panel you want to mount your radiator

Back view:
Cooler Master also included next generation of Sickleflow 92 fan at the back. The fan blade design with curves that improves airflow and air pressure. Enhanced frame structure, reducing turbulent flow and noise.

FAN BEARING TYPE Rifle Bearing
FAN SPEED 650-2300 RPM ± 10%
FAN AIRFLOW 62 CFM ± 10%
FAN AIR PRESSURE 2.5 mmH2O ± 10%
FAN NOISE LEVEL 8 – 27 dBA

Three expansion slot for large graphics card

The accessories also bundle with a SickleFlow 120 120 fan.

FAN BEARING TYPE Rifle Bearing
FAN SPEED 650-1800 RPM ± 10%
FAN AIRFLOW 62 CFM ± 10%
FAN AIR PRESSURE 2.5 mmH2O ± 10%
FAN NOISE LEVEL 8 – 27 dBA

 

It also supports either an ITX or a Mini-DTX motherboard (such as the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Impact), and can install full sized graphics cards up to 330mm in length and 60mm thick.  It also supports a single 2.5-inch drive, and up to two 3.5-inch drives if you forsake that 280mm AIO cooler. All that gives it a remarkably small footprint for a case that can house a heck of a lot of processing power.

We will be using Msi B450i gaming plus max motherboard for this build.

Motherboard: Msi b450i gaming plus max
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Ram: G.Skill 16Gb DDR4 3200Mhz

After installing the motherboard. Let’s move to the storage side. We can install 3 x 2.5inch or 2x 3.5inch hard drive on the side or in front of the casing.

The power supply is by far the biggest component that will be installed in NR200 SFX/ SFX-L PSU will consume almost 20% of the available space. Cooler Master also provides 3D print holder to support ATX PSU to avoid any compatibility issues. Click Here for 3D printing.

However, we did a google search on Reddit forums, some user did a mod by using four cable ties to secure the power supply on the top casing like this. And we also shift the Hard disk to the bottom to allow more place for the PSU. If you plan to install graphics card and you need to move the ATX PSU to the motherboard side. ~ Old school style

Conclusion

This is the best ITX casing we ever build and it’s the easiest way to build a pc. However, those planning to build with this case needs to choose their hardware carefully. For the power supply, we’d follow Cooler Master suggestion of using an SFX power supply model, and we’d also say a modular design is a must. The case is very good at thermal air flow. Get NR200P @ $149 if you want nicer look with window.

Cooler Master NR200

119
9.6

Quality

9.0/10

Value

9.8/10

Design

9.8/10

Performance

9.8/10

Pros

  • Extremely good air flow
  • Support full range GPU
  • Support 240mm AIO Cooler

Cons

  • Only support SFX PSU
  • Lack of Type - C port

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