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Review: Coolermaster ATCS 200 Version 2

by Bob Crabtree on 30 April 2002, 00:00

Tags: Cooler Master

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Technical Details

Coolermaster have been around in the case world for some time now and the ATCS 200 was one of the first cases they released, so why are we reviewing this case again? Well Coolermaster have recently announced major price drops on the ATCS 200 and 201 and the new models are slightly different from the old ones. I am going to see what changes have been made and whether they improve the case or not.

What are the specs of the case?

  • 5.25' Bays (exposed) x 3
  • 3.5' Bays (Exposed) x 2
  • 3.5' Bays (Shadow) x 6
  • Form Factor: - ATX Mid-Tower,
  • Material: - Aluminium
  • Weight : 5.5Kg
  • Dimensions 497 mm(L) x 196 mm(W) x 452 mm(H)
  • Dual 80 mm x 8 mm x 25 mm Fan attached front panel.(in)
  • One 80 mm x 80 mm x 25 mm Fan attached back panel.(out)
  • One 80 mm x 80 mm x 25 mm Fan attached top panel.(out)
  • Removable Motherboard tray

Lets have a look at the case

As you can see the ATCS 200 front the front hasn't changed much. The only obvious change is the front grill/mesh , now this no longer goes down to the bottom like in the previous version. The same black/dark grey border round the drives has been kept, as has the layout of drive bays. One dissapointing change is the changing of the switch gear from aluminium buttons to silver plastic. Also I was hoping that the LED's would be blue this time round, but this was not to be.
A major change is in the bay plates they have a new more substantional feel to them with raised buttons on the top to aid drive alignment (well I don't whether that was the intend use for them, but they do the job).