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Phanteks P200A Review: Simple $70 ITX Glory

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Phanteks P200A
Editor's Choice
(Image: © Niels Broekhuijsen, Tom's Hardware)

Our Verdict

Phanteks’ Eclipse P200A might not be the most adventurous ITX case, but it is an impressively good all-rounder with a friendly price tag.

For

  • + Simple but effective design
  • + Easy to work in
  • + Excellent thermal and acoustic performance
  • + Includes good RGB controller
  • + Very affordable

Against

  • - A bit unexciting
  • - Top PSU is a bit weird

Unlike regular mid-towers, ITX cases generally take the board’s compact dimensions and use that to the designer’s benefit to craft some really funky cases. But sometimes you just want a classic layout but in a smaller form factor. For that audience, Phanteks just announced the P200A, which is really just a fairly standard-layout chassis for ITX systems.

Indeed, the P200A isn’t the most exciting ITX case, but where it underwhelms in its layout, it excels in functional simplicity, RGB, and most importantly: cost. This chassis carries an MSRP of just $50 for the standard variant or $70 if you want the RGB bells and whistles. We have the latter on the test bench today, together with the optional riser cable, so let’s find out if it’s good enough for our Best PC Cases list.

Specifications 

TypeMini-ITX
Motherboard SupportMini-ITX
Dimensions (HxWxD)14.4 x 8.1 x 15.7 inches (365 x 205 x 400 mm)
Max GPU Length13.0 inches (355 mm)
CPU Cooler Height6.5 inches (165 mm)
Max PSU SizeATX, up to 7.5 inches (190 mm) recommended
External Bays✗ 
Internal Bays4x 2.5-inch, optional 3.5-inch accessory available
Expansion Slots3x
Front I/O2x USB 3.0, USB-C, Headphone/Mic combo
OtherRGB Controller
Front Fans2x 120mm
Rear FansNone, up to 1x 120mm
Top FansNone 
Bottom FansNone, up to 2x 120mm
Side FansNone, up to 2x 120mm
RGBYes
DampingNo

Features 

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Phanteks P200A

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Phanteks P200A

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Phanteks P200A

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Touring around the chassis, we spot that it’s made from painted steel, has a plastic front with mesh that’s made from perforated, painted steel, and a glass side panel with a light tint -- but that’s not all. Unlike almost every other case that came out in the last decade, the PSU sits at the top here, which is a little strange but not a deal-breaker. 

You’ll also spot an intake on the side of the chassis to aid with airflow, though no fans are mounted here from the factory.

(Image credit: Niels Broekhuijsen, Tom's Hardware)

Front IO, mounted at the bottom, consists of two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, mic/headphone combo jack and two buttons to control the RGB mode and color – indeed, this RGB variant comes with an RGB controller built in, and it’s quite a good controller with smooth effects and plenty of mode and color options. 

(Image credit: Niels Broekhuijsen, Tom's Hardware)

The power button resides at the top of the chassis, and what’s nice about Phanteks’ approach is that it actually has two RGB LEDs for illumination. This means that the button is part of the RGB goodness, which is a nice touch on a budget case like this. There is no HDD activity LED, nor is there a reset switch, which makes connecting the IO pins on the inside a breeze. 

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Phanteks P200A

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Phanteks P200A

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Inside the case you’ll find room for up to ATX power supplies, an ITX motherboard, large graphics cards, a 240mm radiator, and four 2.5-inch SSD mounts – two behind the motherboard and two on the side intake covers. There are no mounts for 3.5-inch drives, but you can buy optional brackets to install them – though in all fairness, most people probably aren’t going to use desktop drives in their next build anyway.  

(Image credit: Niels Broekhuijsen, Tom's Hardware)

The chassis comes with two 120mm RGB fans pre-installed at the front intake location.

So without further ado, lets install a system inside the P200A.

  • FakeMike
    Good review. Nice cheap ITX case.
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  • gwlaw99
    You are about an inch away from an matx case which can use better cheaper motherboards. I don’t see the point of mitx this size
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  • jkhoward
    gwlaw99 said:
    You are about an inch away from an matx case which can use better cheaper motherboards. I don’t see the point of mitx this size

    Same, was eyeing the pictures and was like.. “Why not get a smaller mATX case and get more inputs? This has to be the same size as those.”
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  • State O' Maine
    I've been seriously eyeing this case. I'm currently in a Thermaltake Level 20 VT, and while it is a decent case, it is limited in regards to radiator support. I have a 280mm AIO which removes the possibility of adding any other additional fans to the top. Add on the fact that my EVGA 2080S Hybrid didn't fit till I moved the rad fan to the outside of the case...

    I'm in line for an EVGA 3080 Hybrid which is a 280mm rad. I'll be needing a new case and this P200a will fit 2x240 or a 240/280 combo. Add in that it takes a regular PSU and I'm intrigued.
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  • vinay2070
    This pretty much looks like a mini version of my P600S. Too sad, if it was a slot taller then an mATX could be fitted in the same space like mentioned in the comments above.
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  • JoBalz
    I noticed the reviewer's comment stating "Top PSU kind of weird.' I imagine there are others here, like me, who remember when a top mounted PSU was about the only placement you could find for the PSU in any type of tower case.
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