Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P SFF PC Case Review

  1. About the MasterBox NR200P...
  2. External Impressions
  3. Internal Impressions Pt-1
  4. Internal Impressions Pt-2
  5. Installation Experience
  6. Built System Analysis and Conclusion
  7. Online Purchase Links


Disclosure: The NR200P is loaned by Cooler Master. Thanks to ASUS and AMD for loaning the ROG Strix B550-i-Gaming and Ryzen 9 3900X to Cooler Master for this review.

Oh, it’s bigger on the inside! 

The Cooler Master NR200P is a very interesting SSF PC case. For a long time, miniITX cases inherit some expected compromises. But with advancements in processors, chips to layout and form factor specs, it reduces that compromise eventually. In the end, we will see cases like these appealing to a wider userbase. The NR200P is the result of every progress made so far.

This is how CM gets to say Big features, small size. But it does use advancements in components and formfactors in its favour and provides something of its own: a triple-slot graphics card support, an m-ITX and m-DTX motherboard support, a reasonably multiple configuration potential, the ability to dismantle the case down to its motherboard tray. Almost everything here was once advertised for mATX PC cases. And Cooler Master finally includes the PCIe x16 riser with a case.

Two variants of the NR200

There are two variants of this case. The NR200 and NR200P are the same cases, with the P variant including the steel and the glass sidepanel. The P variant also includes a PCIe x16 riser, something that you will need in this build depending on your installation preference. Also, the first that I’ve seen in a case. This case does put its good feet forward so far. The NR200 is what’s available in India.

Packaging and Contents

I assume the mini ITX case is much easier to protect because of its form factor. But along with the case, the NR200P comes with an additional glass sidepanel within the case with its own packaging. The NR200 comes only with pre-installed steel panels.

The NR200P’s glass sidepanel

It is appreciated to see that the NR200P comes with both sidepanel variants with good enough packaging for the glass. While case manufacturers do call these tempered glasses, they’re not the thicker variant. If they break, it shatters into pieces. Most of the time, these glass panels are strong enough. But there have been bad apples- or end up being broken by end-users. Another good reason to have a steel sidepanel pre-included. Naturally, one cannot help but think if Cooler Master and others will do this with certain mid-end to premium PC cases with larger form factors. Time will tell!

Bundled Essentials and Accessories

In a first, the case fans are packed separately- and with pre-installed finger guards. Then there’s the usual screws and a manual which is highlighted in different parts of this review. CM included a PCIe x16 riser for vertical GPU mounting. Finally, they included it! I am hoping PC case manufacturers will include these with most of the cases they put out in the market.

Specifications

MODEL NUMBER
MCB-NR200P-KGNN-S00,
MCB-NR200P-WGNN-S00
SERIES
MasterBox Series
SIZE
Mini ITX
AVAILABLE COLOR(S)
Black, White
MATERIALS
Steel, Plastic, Mesh, Tempered Glass
DIMENSIONS (L X W X H)
376 x 185 x 292mm incl. Protrusions,
360 x 185 x 274mm excl. Protrusions
VOLUME (EXLC. PROTRUSIONS)
18.25L
MOTHERBOARD SUPPORT
Mini DTX, Mini ITX, Max. size: 244 x 226mm
EXPANSION SLOTS
3
5.25″ DRIVE BAYS
0
2.5″ / 3.5″ DRIVE BAYS (COMBO)
1
2.5″ DRIVE BAYS
2 (Max. 3)
I/O PANEL
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x 3.5mm Headset Jack (Audio+Mic)
PRE-INSTALLED FANS – TOP
2x 120mm 650-1800 RPM PWM (SickleFlow)
PRE-INSTALLED FANS – FRONT
N/A
PRE-INSTALLED FANS – REAR
N/A
PRE-INSTALLED FANS – BOTTOM
N/A
FAN SUPPORT – TOP
2x 120mm
FAN SUPPORT – REAR
1x 92mm
FAN SUPPORT – BOTTOM
2x 120mm
(recommended slim fans for GPUs wider than 2.5 PCI slots)
FAN SUPPORT – SIDE
2x 120/140mm
RADIATOR SUPPORT – TOP
N/A
RADIATOR SUPPORT – REAR
92mm
(not compatible with vertical GPU installation)
RADIATOR SUPPORT – BOTTOM
120mm, 240mm,
(recommended for custom loops only)
RADIATOR SUPPORT – SIDE
120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm,
(not compatible with vertical GPU installation)
CLEARANCE – CPU COOLER
76mm (GPU in vertical position),
153mm (tempered glass side panel),
155mm (vented steel side panel)
CLEARANCE – PSU
130mm
CLEARANCE – GFX
L: 330mm (incl. power connector),
H: 156mm (incl. power connector),
W: 60mm (triple slot)
DUST FILTERS
Top, Bottom, Left side, Right side
POWER SUPPLY SUPPORT
SFX, SFX-L
WARRANTY
2 years
EAN CODE
4719512106761 (MCB-NR200P-KGNN-S00),
4719512106778 (MCB-NR200P-WGNN-S00)
UPC CODE
884102079078 (MCB-NR200P-KGNN-S00),
884102079085 (MCB-NR200P-WGNN-S00)
WEIGHT
5.1 kg
ACCESSORIES
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 riser cable
NOTE
single slot water-cooler GPUs or vertically mounted GPUs are recommended when using bottom radiator position

I couldn’t help but smile when I read the note at the end of this specs table. Apart from low-profile graphics cards which get overshadowed by on-chip graphics by most of its targetted userbase, nobody a powerful enough single-slot graphics card.

The mini form factor provides a very generous horizontal clearance for an m-DTX motherboard and mid-to-high-end graphics card. The case is mostly steel and weighs 5.1 kg. The case mentions it has a dust filter on the top panel, but its just a metal mesh. Both sidepanels do come with a magnetically mounted dust filter. Same for the base.

Case Fans

Cooler Master bundled a pair of SickleFlow 120 DF1202512RFMN non-LED PWM fans. These are rifle bearing variants operating between 800 and 1600 RPM. These are standard 120x 25mm fans. Considering the physical limitations of a mini ITX case, a finger guard is a useful deterrent.

So is the riser cable…

PCIe x16 riser cable

At some point, bundling a riser cable with a vertical mountable PCIe slot will be the norm. It looks the norm may start with m-ITX cases like the NR200P. Unfortunately, it is not included in the NR200. The riser cables have some flex to them. The female PCIe x16 slot has metal trimmings, similar to what most motherboard makers provide.

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5 comments
  1. In India, we’re only getting the “NR200” at the time of writing, and not NR200P
    Considering the “$90” price tag on the NR200P, it is strange to not see a Type-C front panel port, not $190

  2. I’ve got a NZXT H210i, Cougar QBX and Thermaltake Core V1 chassis sitting in a closet because they cannot compare to this case, and my gaming case, a Fractal Design Meshify C mini, lost its GPU (Gigabyte 2070 super windforce triple fan) to this case as well so the Meshify is either surplus, or will get a 3080 GPU if I can get my hands on one.

    This case has halted my quest for something smaller. The NZXT’s PSU shroud compromised GPU cooling, the Cougar lacked any cable management and had poor air intake, and the V1, my sentimental favorite, accepted the 2070 super but the two 80 mm exhaust fans did not help VRM thermals. I also had to mod the case to prevent heat from the GPU from getting in the AIO. With the NR200 there were no compromises or modding, and the case is very easy to work on.

    My components: Ryzen 5 3600, Gigabyte B550i Aorus AC, Gigabyte GPU mentioned above, FSP Dagger Pro 650 watt PSU, Corsair H100i AIO, Noctua fans on bottom, top, and on radiator. I use Argus monitor to manage fan curves on all fans. It reads the Corsair fans and I link the bottom fans (15mm thick 120mm fans) to the GPU temp. GPU fan curve is also managed by Argus monitor. Thermals easily equal the Meshify, which used a Noctua heatsink on a 3700x CPU, with two 140mm fans and one 120 mm fan on intake and one 120mm fan on exhaust with a mesh top. The Meshify can only boast more storage mount points, but with three SSD mounts and two NVME slots on the NR200 I won’t need HDD cages.

    Now, not everything is perfect. Yes, the USB C port is missing. Among my cases, only the NZXT has one of those. The chassis is built like a tank, but the ball and socket mounting system leaves enough play between the parts that you can get a mild rattle at times driven by the fans. The top seems to be particularly susceptible – in my case the metallic mesh cover is the noise source. Screws force a tighter fit, and the top mesh could be more solidly attached since it will never be removed. The air filters are not up to the build quality of the case itself. I bought filters from decimfilter.com for the Core v1 case and they far exceed the quality of what came with the NR200. The SSD mounting, with a friction fit of studs that screw into the SSD drives into the rubber grommets, does allow for the drives to creep out of the mounts unless the cables are set just right to not exert any force that would cause the drive to be pushed out of the mount. Again, screws force a tighter fit. That’s it as far as my critical observations go.

    1. I am currently reviewing the NZXT H1. Its included with its 650w gold rated SFX PSU and a slim 140mm liquid cooler. I never checked out H210i but they separated the mounting place for the GPU. Even that has a single type C connector. I would have liked a dual USB Type-A Gen 1 and a single Type-C Gen 2. This case is pretty good, all the more I wish they pushed it a bit to make it present-ready.

      Thanks for the observations. I forwarded your message to Cooler Master to check on it and make necessary changes in future products. Thanks for your well thought out writeup and detail informaiton. This is really something! <3

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