The smart and beautiful Cooler Master NR200P ITX case is £54

The Cooler Master NR200P is one of the best small form factor PC cases on the market, but it normally costs around £100 – a fair amount of money. Today though, you can grab the case for almost half as CCL is selling this model for just £54.

For context, the last time we wrote about a big discount on this model, it was down to £76 – so it’s the best deal we’ve ever seen on the NR200P by any margin!

As this is the NR200P, rather than the standard NR200, you also get some nice extras – including a choice of glass and mesh side panels, two 120mm fans and a PCIe riser cable that lets you mount your graphics card vertically.

We haven’t reviewed the NR200P here at Rock Paper Shotgun – I would recommend the Opinion of the technical testers if you want to watch one – but I can give you a little personal recommendation.

I’ve actually built two systems in these cases – a Ryzen 3000 system in a white NR200P and a 13th Gen Intel system in a black NR200P Max – and they’re really brilliant. It boils down to three things: ease of installation, good component flexibility, and good thermal results.

So – ease of installation first, because I think that’s one of the things that can potentially put people off a small form factor build. The good thing about the NR200P is that a) things are out of the box to make things easier and b) you have great access to the whole case. You can remove the panels on all sides, leaving you with a completely open frame that makes it easy to install your motherboard, route cables, and test fit your build. There are Velcro straps to minimize cable mess, and it’s usually obvious where things go. (As a side benefit, a ton of people have purchased this case, so there are plenty of guides and tutorials online to help you learn about optimal positioning and components).

Second, flexibility. The NR200P can accommodate air or AiO CPU coolers, full size GPUs in vertical or horizontal orientations, SFX or SFX-L power supplies, and of course you have the choice of a vented metal or glass side panel. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but usually when you’re making a decision about your components, the other choices will fall into place – for example, I went with the 280mm AiO option, which required an SFX power supply and a standard horizontal GPU mount. I also managed to fit a full-size RTX 3090 here, so you can fit a surprising amount of power into its compact 18-litre dimensions. It’s not the smallest SFF case, but I think it strikes a great balance between usability and form factor.

Finally, performance: with the 280mm AiO and vented side panels installed, I got excellent thermals on the Ryzen 3900XT CPU, better even than the NZXT H1 v2 (which admittedly has a Core i5 CPU 12600K more power hungry). The whole system remains pretty cool, and while it’s not quiet, it’s certainly quiet enough to be used as a multimedia PC or gaming rig optimized for LAN parties.

So: all in all a great small form factor PC case available at a truly amazing price – read some reviews and choose one if you are interested!

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