This summer Thermaltake introduced two new enclosures from its H-Series. Named H100 and H200, these enclosures are simple midi towers with glass windows and RGB accents. In addition to the minimalist design, Thermaltake also promotes high hardware compatibility. How the Thermaltake H200 TG performs in our test parkour you can read in this review.
The Thermaltake H200 TG is available in a black and a white version. Prices are € 75.90 * for the black and € 77.90 * for the white version. In this price range there are also a lot of other RGB housings with glass windows against which the H200 TG has to compete.
|Model:||Thermaltake H200 TG RGB|
|Housing type:||Midi Tower|
|Dimensions:||210 x 416 x 454 mm (W x H x D)|
|Material:||Steel, plastic, tempered glass|
|Front connections||2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x loudspeaker, 1x microphone|
|Drive bays:||2x 3.5/ 2.5″ (internal)
1x 2,5″ (internal)
|Form factors:||ATX, mATX, mini-ITX|
|Ventilation:||Front: 3x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm
Rear: 1x 120 mm or 1x 140 mm (1x 120 mm pre-installed)
cover: 2x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm
|Radiators:||Front: 1x 240 mm / 1x 280 mm
Rear: 1x 120 mm / 1x 140 mm
Cover: 1x 240 mm
|Max. CPU cooler height:||180 mm|
|Max. Graphics card length:||320 mm (without front radiator)|
|Max. Power supply length:||160 mm (with HDD cage), 225 mm (without HDD cage)|
|Cable management space:||7 mm to 28 mm|
|Price:||€ 75.90 *|
|Special features:||Dust filter, cable management, RGB, hard glass side windows|
Scope of Delivery
The Thermaltake H200 TG RGB comes well and safely packed in a brown cardboard box with black lettering and is wrapped in soft polystyrene and a plastic film. The Tempered Glass is also covered with two protective films to protect it from scratches. The included accessories are stored in a plastic bag inside the tower and include all important screws, a screwdriver attachment for spacers, cable ties, a mainboard speaker and a short manual. Also included are the pre-installed rear fan with a frame width of 120 millimeters, pre-installed spacers for the mainboard and a magnetic dust filter for the lid.
When switched off, the Thermaltake H200 TG looks quite reserved. The front element is completely made of plastic and has ventilation slots on the left side on almost the whole height. The right side of our review sample is completely closed and thus deviates from the published product images. On these there are also ventilation slots on the right side. To protect against dust there is a dust filter made of mesh behind the ventilation slots. A simple removal of the filter is unfortunately not possible. The minimalistic design of the front part is somewhat broken up by the asymmetrical design of the left side. The lines are also underlined by an RGB strip and an illuminated manufacturer logo. If you pull the front off with a strong jerk, you will find various mounting places for 120- or 140-millimetre-format case fans behind it.
The lid area is similar to the design of many other Thermaltake enclosures. The top is dominated by a large fan grille with holes for two 120- or 140-millimeter fans. Protection against dust is provided by an easy-to-remove mesh filter with a magnetic strip. In addition, the manufacturer has mounted the I/O panel in the cover. Two connectors for USB 3.0, two sockets for headphones and microphone, as well as three buttons for power, reset and RGB control are available.
The right side part is completely made of solid steel and is locked with two knurled screws. For easier disassembly it also has a recessed grip at the rear end. The left side panel is made of four millimetre thick tempered glass. Two practical hinges in the rear and several magnets or a retaining lug in the front area are used to attach it to the body. This allows the glass element to be swung open easily. To install the components, the side panel can of course also be completely removed.
There are no special features on the back or underside. The H200 TG stands on four solid, black plastic feet. These are high enough so that the power supply, protected by a huge fabric filter, can suck in enough air from below to cool the unit. The filter can easily be pulled back for cleaning. Above the power supply there are seven slots for the installation of expansion cards. The reusable slot bezels are screwed together inside the tower. The design of the rear side is rounded off by a mounting location for case fans in 120 or 140 format. Thermaltake installs a fan with a frame width of 120 millimetres ex works.
The external finish and quality of the paint are good. The body is stable and torsion-resistant even without side parts. In addition, the right side panel is surprisingly heavy for the size. Thermaltake hasn’t spared any material in this case.
The interior of the Thermaltake H200 TG is open and modern. Optional front fans can easily transport cold air towards the CPU and GPU. The rest of the interior is divided into two chambers by a power supply cover. The mainboard and expansion cards are located above the cover. The mainboard tray, which spans the entire rear side, was equipped with various cable management openings and a cut-out for CPU cooler mounting.
If you look down and sweep, you will notice the power supply cover. This was also equipped with two cable management openings. In addition to covering the power supply unit, the power supply cable and the hard disk cage, the cover also serves another purpose. It has two mounting points for the included SSD frames above. To ensure compatibility with radiators of an all-in-one water cooling system, a large section was removed from the front of the power supply cover.
If you turn the case 180 degrees, you can take a look at the back. There are several fixing points for cable ties and at least on the left side there is a lot of space in the recessed cable duct with pre-installed Velcro strips. As already mentioned, the cover covers the hard disk cage and the power supply in the lower part of the interior. This HDD cage can also be removed to mount the hard drives after removing a single knurled screw. Two 3.5″ or one 3.5″ and one 2.5″ data carriers can be accommodated here. Due to the rubber elements built into the HDD cage and the four stand-offs for the power supply, possible vibrations of the components are likely to be absorbed.
Inside, the processing quality is otherwise good and there are almost no paint defects detectable. Only on the inside of the HDD cage we found a spot where the steel was not painted completely black. Of course, with a price of € 75.90 * you could expect the paint to be fine everywhere. Since this problematic spot will probably never be seen, there is only a small deduction.
System Construction in the Thermaltake Versa H200 TG RGB
Now we come to system installation. As hardware we use a AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on a MSI B350 PC Mate with 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT grey DDR4-2666. The cooling of the processor overclocked to 3.8 Ghz is done by the Alpenföhn Matterhorn Pure. For the image output a GTX 1060 6GB by Gigabyte AORUS is responsible. The power supply does the non-modular Thermaltake Berlin Pro RGB 650W with RGB fan. In order to enhance the cabling optically a little bit, single sleeved cable extensions from Phanteks.
The installation of all components was done quickly. Due to the spacious interior and the pre-installed spacers, the mainboard could be installed and wired in a very short time despite the large CPU cooler. Due to the well placed cable management openings and the cable tunnel on the back, the finished system looks neat and tidy.
The hardware compatibility also speaks for the H200 TG. CPU coolers can be up to 180 millimeters high and graphics cards up to 320 millimeters long. The power supply should not exceed 160 millimeters when using the hard disk cage. If you don’t need the HDD cage, the maximum length increases to 220 millimeters. Through the cut-out in the power supply cover, radiator-fan combinations up to a total thickness of 70 mm can also be mounted in the front.
We also liked the placement of data media in this midi tower. Two 3.5″ or one 2.5″ and one 3.5″ hard disk can be installed in the HDD cage below the power supply cover. The mounting is done decoupled by four rubber rings and four special screws. If you have SSDs and want to present them, you can also mount them above the power supply cover in the corresponding SSD frame. Here the mounting is done with four conventional screws and a knurled screw for the frame itself.
The pre-installed fan with a frame width of 120 millimeters is completely black including the connection cable and rotates at a maximum of 1000 revolutions per minute. At maximum speed, the fan is easy to hear, but by no means disturbing.
Finally, we come to the temperatures that were reached in the H200 TG. During the load test, Prime95 and FurMark were executed for 15 minutes at a room temperature of 19 °C. The test was performed at a temperature of 19 °C. The temperature of the room was not too high.
|CPU: 50% (950 rpm)
GPU: 50% (1700 rpm)
Housing fan: 12V
|CPU: 50% (950 rpm)
GPU: 50% (1700 rpm)
Housing fan: 7V
The absence of a front fan is definitely noticeable at the final temperatures. 78°C are not critical for an overclocked CPU with air cooling, but we have already seen much better temperatures with our test system. A retrofitting of further fans should be considered, depending on the hardware. It would also have been nice if the H200 TG had ventilation slots on both sides in the front. One-sided ventilation is often too restrictive.
Lighting Options in the Thermaltake H200 TG RGB
Compared to many other RGB enclosures, the lighting of the Thermaltake H200 TG sets only light accents. Only a narrow strip at the left fan opening and the manufacturer logo itself are illuminated. The LEDs are controlled via a circuit board built into the cover and the corresponding button in the I/O panel. Adjustable modes are for example rainbow, pulsating, automatic color change or a fixed color. A digital addressing via the mainboard is unfortunately not possible. Finally we don’t want to withhold some color impressions from you.
Capitulation of the Thermaltake H200 TG RGB
Let us now move on to the final evaluation of the Thermaltake H200 TG. Especially convincing were the general haptics and optics, the material quality and the discreet but appealing RGB accents. The tempered glass, which is mounted on armouring, also makes mounting the sidepanel much easier than mounting it with four knurled screws. Together with the good cable management system, anyone who wants to can present their system in an appealing way in this midi tower.
But there are also points that we didn’t like. The main point of criticism is the design of the front panel, which differs from the published product pictures. Advertising is done with ventilation slots on both sides. At least in our review sample only the left side has openings. Since we have already tested other cases with such a design, one can clearly say that the omission of these openings noticeably worsens the airflow. Why Thermaltake goes this way is not quite clear to us.
Finally, we have the price. Thermaltake requires for the black version € 75.90 * and for the white version € 77.90 *. The competing products with a comparable quality cost similarly much, but can sometimes offer more pre-installed fans and a better airflow. The Thermaltake H200 TG is a good case, but can’t really stand out from the mass of other RGB cases.