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Cooler Master G200P Review: Low-Profile Style

Brilliant RGB, compact size, unimpressive performance

Cooler Master G200P
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Our Verdict

Compact and pretty, Cooler Master’s G200P looks to make a name for itself in the compact cooling space. But its fan is noisy at high RPMs, and even when cranked up, thermal performance wasn’t impressive.

For

  • + Extremely low profile and small footprint
  • + Zero memory clearance issues
  • + Handsome design

Against

  • - Fan is noisy at high RPM
  • - Limited cooling potential

Cooler Master, like many companies that cater to PC enthusiasts, tends to focus on large, high-end liquid and air coolers. But because compact systems are a consistent niche, the company occasionally offers up low profile designs to fit those specific needs. Enter the G200P, a hyper-compact cooler, to accommodate airflow for the smallest of small systems.

With a height of just 39.4mm, the Cooler Master G200P is powered by a single 92mm RGB fan that absolutely shreds air at high RPMs across the cooling fins of its tiny, dual-heatpipe cooler.  And while this all sounds like a perfect combination of style and small-system performance, the G200P offers more in terms of style than it does in cooling performance.

Cooler Master G200P Specifications

Height1.55" / 39.4mm
Width3.75" / 95mm
Depth3.6" / 92mm
Memory ClearanceNo Limit
Assy. Offset0.0 (centered)
Cooling Fans(1x) 92mm x 15.4mm
Connectors(1x) 4-pin PWM
Weight10.0 oz / 284g
Intel Sockets115x, 1366, 1200
AMD SocketsAM2(+), AM3(+), AM4, FM1, FM2(+)
Warranty2-years
Web Price$45

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The tiny G200P ships with a normal assortment of mounting hardware, including an AMD+Intel universal backplate and plated hardware to fit most desktop processor sockets for each aforementioned CPU manufacturer.  An RGB control module provides out-of-the-box color control for motherboards devoid of 4-pin, 12v RGB support-- which is NOT compatible with 3-pin, 5v aRGB (just to clarify).  Alongside the usual array of mounting hardware, a small tube of MasterGel Pro thermal compound comes standard.

Cooler Master covers the G200P with a 2 year warranty.

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A pair of U-shaped heatpipes run down the span of the cooling fin heatsink and wrap under the base of the G200P, where they tuck up under the cooler and into the solid coldplate.  The fan shroud wraps around the sides of the 95mm X 92mm cooler and provides threaded machine screw mounts for the 92mm fan. 

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The 92mm fan is 4-pin PWM-managed spinner and makes use of 4-pin, 12v RGB (again, not compatible with 3-pin, 5v aRGB).  The frosted crystal 9-blade design allows for strong light diffusion without excessive bright spots, and fan speed is rated up to 2600 RPM.

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The underside of the cooler houses the nickel-plated coldplate, which is integrated with the side channels which wrap up and around the cooling fins and provide mounting for the 92mm cooling fan.  The downdraft design flows through the majority of the cooler and frame, allowing air to blow around and through the heatpipes and move heat down and away from the cooler.

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The cold plate is milled flat, without any visible light peeking out between the base of the cooler and a steel straightedge. 

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Once the cooler is removed after mounting, we observed a uniform thermal paste spread across the face of the CPU integrated heat spreader.  Incremental tensioning between the mounting screws helps maintain consistent displacement of compound. Note, though, that tightening one side fully and then the other can result in offset paste coverage.

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While it boasts a relatively small footprint, the G200P still fits snugly onto our mITX motherboard, with just millimeters of clearance between the sides of our Super Talent DDR4-3000 memory DIMMs and the side of the heatsink itself.  Even with this close fit, the cooler should not have any memory interference issues due to its design.

The pair of primary tension screws can be seen in the middle of the cooler, as it sits astride the mounting brackets and standoffs below. Each U-shaped heatpipe unfurls outward into the cooling fins to maximize contact.

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With the fan mounted, the Cooler Master G200P brightens up the dark recesses in our small system, once power is applied to the RGB fan.

  • watzupken
    I feel the review is not being fair to the cooler. From what I can tell, most if not all the coolers used as a point of comparison are bigger. Perhaps the best comparison for this are,
    Noctua NH-L9A/i
    Intel/ AMD stock cooler
    From my personal experience with this cooler, I feel despite it being low profile, it beats the stock coolers with comparable height, particularly from Intel, handily. Unfortunately, it couldn't handle the heat output from the Ryzen 5 3400G well. With an ambient temp of around 27 degree C, my system will crash when running 3D Mark's physics test and is pretty unstable even in the graphics test. I can't pinpoint if it is 100% an issue with the cooler or is it the 150W PSU not able to keep up with the load, but the temps are not looking good when I was testing it out. In games like Diablo 3, I can see temps in the late 70s to 80s. At idle, temps fluctuate between 50s to early 60s.
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  • rubix_1011
    Both of the IceBerg Thermal coolers are very similar in size as well as the Intel E97379-003. Even the Noctua NH-L9x65 isn't that much larger in size, so there are several on the list which are direct comparisons in both size and price.
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  • watzupken
    I agree for the IceFloe T65 and Intel stock cooler, and the results are pretty close for these 3 coolers. But for T95 and Noctua NH-L9x65, these are much bigger heatsink if we consider their height.
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