The DS 200 is pretty roomy despite it’s rather compact and sleek apperance.
The clearance at the top is good, there’s sufficient room to place fan or radiator but not both.
In my case, I mounted the Cooler Master Nepton 280L to the DS 200 with radiator within the casing and 2 units of JetFlo 140 fan on the outer side just under the top panel. It took a little effort to get things into place but I got it mounted without having to make cosmetic changes to the casing, just lovely!
At the front are the drive bays, glad to see that the 2.5″ clips hold my SSD in place without requiring any screws. It’s not totally tool-less as some bays still require you to mount drives with the screws.
The cage at the middle is removable, this caters for placement of long graphic cards but the bottom drive cages are not removable so there’s no space for stuff like coolant reservoir if you’re into water cooling.
The inclusion of rubber grommets to the DS 200 was a sweet move from Aerocool, making the case management aesthetically better. The motherboard mounts are generally in place but you’ll have to add a few more on your own for ATX boards.
Here’s the back view of which you’ll see that the casing has good amount of headroom for cable management.
Aerocool did a great job here by providing a super-huge cut-out that caters backplate mounting for varying CPU layout.
Being a DEAD SILENCE product, the DS 200’s back panel comes with sound insulation padding. This padding helps reduce noise but it also means the headroom for cable management is reduced a little.
Here’s a closer view of the insulation material.
Phew, that’s the coverage of the casing. 🙂 Besides the additional top panel cover provided, the DS 200’s package also includes 5.25″ bay bezels that cater for 2.5″ cut out and optical drive tray.
It’s also neat that Aerocool packaged the screws with labels on the plastic on what are the screws for.
Here’s the spec of the casing. The fans provided run at 800 RPM.
The DS 200 comes in 2 variants (Windowed and Non-Windowed) with 6 different colors (Black, Red, Orange, White, Blue, Green). More details at the official product page.
The Aerocool Dead Silence DS 200 retails at RM 395 and in my opinion, it’s a casing worth shelling out money for. The sleek design gives is a modern contemporary look and should match your existing decor quite easily. The temperature reading, fan control and sound insulation features make it stand out among the crowd, features that are often not found in casings under RM 400.
Here’s what it looks like with everything in place.