INVERT YOUR BUILD- Sharkoon Rev200 is a pretty unusual case
We’ve got the Sharkoon Rev200 ATX case up today. It’s got a unique interior design, outside looks decent interesting too, with a bunch of ARGB fans included along with a controller for the price. But let’s get into testing to get a verdict on this. Does it provide a roomy interior? How’s the tempered glass side panel mounting design? Any customization options? All questions we’ll answer, and if you decide to get one shipped to your house, buying through our affiliate links below does help us a bit here, so thanks for that.
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Quick Summary – Sharkoon Rev200
Quick Summary – The Sharkoon Rev200 case is a truly unique right side rotated PC case with glass front and TG side panel. 5 ring-lit ARGB fans direct air over the vertical GPU, and out the rear. An air cooled or 240 mil rad build will take a little longer than normal. Those installing a 360 mil rad with a long graphics card will have a true challenge. But it’s certainly turned conventional case design on its’ head. We’ve had the Sharkoon Rev200 tempered glass case in the studio for a bit now, just waiting for a hardware setup to build in it and give you a proper review. It retails for 96 us dollars, 90 pounds in the UK, and 2890nt in Taiwan.
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This case has a black finish and measures 48.4 centimeters long by 21.5 wide and 48.5cm high, and weighs in at an even 9 kilograms. Key features are the right-side 90 degree turned build, which at first look, is very interesting and is sure to showcase whatever graphics card you have installed. Pre-installed are five included ARGB 12 centimeter fans, three in the front for intake and two positioned in the back for exhaust.
This ATX sized case can also handle Mini and micro ATX motherboards, supporting long GPUs up to 32 centimeters long. The max CPU cooler height is 16.5 centimeters. Maximum height for front mounted radiators with fans is 6.4 cm, and for rear mounted radiators, max height is 6cm for rad plus fan height.
Inside the box the Sharkoon Rev200 has a canvas type wrap instead of plastic, good for the environment. There’s a thin manual, and the accessory box has marked screw bags, cable ties and a motherboard speaker. The 4 centimeter deep case front has a glass panel with side half-slats for air intake, and a very fine mesh behind, good filtration in this area.
And the front panel isn’t tethered, with all connectors and LEDs on the top of the case. Everything on the top I/O panel means working on the front is much easier. We usually have to be super careful when building with a wired front panel as swings around getting damaged or pulling an LED wire almost to breaking. We didn’t have to worry about any of that with the Sharkoon Rev200. It’s a small thing, but makes building easier for consumers.
Removing the front, the grill accepts up to 3 12cm fans or 360 mil AIO radiator, or 140/280 fans or rad, however we really recommend using the rear, it already has two ARGB 12cm fans with 240 or 280 mil rad spaced mounts. Compatibility for the ARGB is good, it works with MSI Mystic Light, ASUS Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and ASRock Polychrome Sync.
The Sharkoon Rev200’s I/O panel has a ring lit power button, there should be a hard drive access light, and LED button, connections for dual USB 3, two USB 2, and HD audio jacks. We’ve reviewed many tempered glass cases on Techspin, and putting in the glass on this one thankfully is pretty easy, there’s a bottom ledge which makes sliding in the front two tabs fairly easy, and a there’s a more standard dual thumb screw setup on the back to secure it, the thumb screws are held so they don’t fall out, a useful feature which makes putting on the side panel quick and painless.
The 3 millimeter thick tempered glass is measures 38.8 centimeters wide by 45.4 high, and by TG panel standards this one is a little light. We’ll have to see how a thinner panel stands up over the long term. Inside the Sharkoon Rev200 there’s a large 13.7cm wide by 17.2cm tall cutout in the motherboard tray for easy CPU cooler installation, with two SSD sleds on the right./ Front side comes with pre-installed ATX standoffs. As always, double check standoff placement on your motherboard and make sure it doesn’t go in a marked off area.
The ATX 8-pin hole is small, as this board takes two of them we’re using a cable comb, which we could just barely angle through. Wider holes for all top pass-throughs would be better.
The PSU cover and lower extension are both riveted in, and since we’re installing a max length rad and almost max GPU, this decision made assembly much harder than it needed to be. For strength, rivets are great, but the flexibility provided by screws is needed for long components in this unique design. In the rear the ARGB wiring is an eight port splitter with five spots taken with the fans, and it’s fine as there are no more fan spots on the case.
Clearance for wires to the Sharkoon Rev200’s back panel is 19 millimeters, even though this would usually be too narrow, due to the orientation the wires aren’t all bunched up as they usually are. And the rear panel goes on very easily, even with the extra length for sleeved cables. The power supply area can take supplies up to 20 centimeters long, with grommet holes for cable pass-through.
The bottom has rubber feet and a smaller dust filter for the power supply intake, usable filtered area is 133mm long by 115mm wide. The dust filter has a tab, so after you push down a bit, it’s easily removable for cleaning. So by necessity, the access to the rear of the motherboard on the Sharkoon Rev200 case is actually through the top, so if you ever wished it was easier to reach the rear connectors, this is definitely the case you want. There’s the standard 7 PCI slots with rear I/O cutout, and the wires feed out the rear of the top section, with a small vent there to remove any heat.
This is all hidden with a plastic cover with tabs at the back and two magnets at the front. It gives a clearance of 62 millimeters from metal to cover, the real test will be stiff DisplayPort cables. Dual hard drive bays are tabbed in and held in place by one thumb screw each, with spots on top to mount SSDs. Sound levels were measured at a 0.5 meter distance, great with this Sharkoon Rev200, quiet, measuring 40 decibels, very good. Of course, after you add cooling and a GPU your noise levels may go up.
For this build we used the MSI MEG Z490 Ace motherboard, just finished that review, with an Intel 10th gen an i9-10900K in the new LGA-1200 socket. We have 32 gigs of HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 at 3200 megahertz, a small technical note, we had issues with this RAM during filming. Boot drive is an XPG 8200Pro 256 gig NVMe m.2, and we’re cooling with a MSI Coreliquid 360R. Our GPU is a MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X, and at 29.5cm long, it’s gonna be close.
All powered by the Aerocool 1000 watt power supply, though around 700 watts would be fine. Importantly it has dual ATX 8-pin this board demands. Silverstone red sleeved cabling finishes the look.
We keep on saying unique for the Sharkoon Rev200, and that’s really an understatement. As a now pretty experienced system builder, it took longer to build in this case as we figured out where the best points to wire and hide wires were. If you’re looking for something different and have just under 100 bucks, maybe this one’s for you. If you have a fairly simple build requirement with just one monitor, or your graphics card has a rare dual HDMI out the back, this will be just fine for your new PC.
Good stuff- the idea of vertical airflow cooling the GPU and passing the CPU on the way out is a great idea. The implementation in the Sharkoon Rev200 is a good execution of that. Finding the best spots to wire up the motherboard was actually kind of fun, and the results at the back are the cleanest we’ve seen in a long time, if you’re a fan of supreme cable organization or are a bit OCD.
And we liked the marked screw bags, telling you what each are for, really nice and we wish more manufacturers would do this to make things easier for the consumer. We usually get on manufacturers to use slide trays in hard drive cages, but here it makes sense to use thumb screw singles, good idea with the space given. Now we don’t want to be too harsh on this case, as unique designs usually need a few iterations to really shine, but there are points to improve, starting with…
Airflow and temps on thee Sharkoon Rev200 are just ok. Since this isn’t a straight through design, having the sides wide open is really important. However the sides intake area is shorter, and half blocked by the slat design. We like the fine mesh behind, but less slats and a longer area would provide less of a choke point. That being said if you’re using a 240mil rad at the back, there shouldn’t be any problems keeping everything cool. As we mentioned, we recommend a 240 AIO rad at the rear, and you can do push OR pull, but not a push/pull. Usually you’d see that at the front of a case but due to the lip, that’s not do-able.
Wiring the motherboard up in the Sharkoon Rev200 went fairly smoothly, with a few important points. First, access to the right hand side is very tight, while it maybe looks fine on camera, clearance to an ATX mobo is just 4 centimeters, and the PSU cover is riveted. If you’re using a board with SATA connectors up near the middle… good luck with that, though most new motherboards have all connectors bottom right.
However, lots of USB 3 connectors are still up halfway, and we didn’t connect ours as it was difficult to align perfectly. USB 3 internal connectors are TERRIBLE as their positioning tolerance is abysmal, and even being an experienced system builder and being super careful, I’ve ruined two connectors by smushing down a corner pin by accident. I didn’t want to chance it here with a $400 board.
The ARGB fan connectors weirdly had a 3 pin plus Molex design. While this may sound advantageous to the consumer, if they run out of motherboard fan ports, it’s a dual disadvantage. First, hooking the fan up by Molex instead of a fan header will have them running full speed, so, maximum loudness. Second, you now have to hide Molex connectors inside your case. It’d be better to have only 3 pin and include a two or three-way 3-pin splitter.
The secondary top I/O button is wired as an LED control button, but you can re-purpose it as a reset button. It would have been nice to see an extra dedicated LED button up top here. And the Sharkoon Rev200 top panel design… I don’t understand why there isn’t a full length grommet here, why not make things easier for the consumer? If there’s a concern about heat buildup, just have rubber around the rim and leave out the tabs, but this tiny pass-through doesn’t cut it.
Not finished here, multi monitor setups will require you to leave the top cover off, as DisplayPort cables are stiffer and YOU SHALL NOT BEND them. DP cables have tons of wires inside with lots of shielding, and that allows them to carry 1440p 144Hz or 4K 60Hz signals no problem, but they generally cost more than HDMI, and are stiffer too. We do NOT recommend flat or bendy DP cables, in our experience they’re more prone to failure.
Ok, onto our Game of Millimeters, or, let’s talk about how we installed the 360 mil rad and 29.5cm GPU in the Sharkoon Rev200. The front is the only place to mount a 360, so both hard drive cages came out, and we took out this plastic cover so the tubes had clearance. Without the HDD cage out, our Coreliquid 360R couldn’t clear by about 6 to 7 millimeters- taking out a notch from the Top I/O panel plastic would help.
Now at the front, most cases have beams for structural support, but the Sharkoon Rev200 instead is using a raised lip. While looking decent, this has one huge drawback- you can’t mount the fans outside the front. And due to the extra length, standard AIO long fan screws won’t thread into the rad enough. Wiring up the motherboard bottom was challenging because there’s a rad blocking fingers, the solution would be to wire before installing the cooler. A tiny hook here to gently pull out wires was useful.
The GPU was not the last step in this build. With the CPU plate on, the tubing blocked a crucial centimeter and blocked rotating the 29.5cm card into position. In a standard case we’d remove a right side fan, but here we have a riveted PSU cover. We had to take the CPU plate off, install the GPU, then put on the CPU plate again.
Overall we liked the Sharkoon Rev200, a cool design which will definitely be a talking piece, and we only faced some challenges because of the 360mil rad with long GPU combo, with a 240 and a shorter GPU you’ll have an easier time building in the case.
Sharkoon can improve the next version of the case with wider side mesh intakes, a removable PSU cover, a sectional top cover so you can remove strips for DisplayPort cables, a full-width top grommet for cables to come out. We’d also like to see an extra 5 centimeters interior height for clearance, and ditching Molex on the ARGB fans, with a little nicer frosting.
Side note, previous reviews, link up here, don’t usually have this many points in the summary and we aren’t being overly harsh here, just presenting our experience so the consumer has all the facts. We’re grateful to Sharkoon for sending us the case, it’s cool and we look forward to new and improved future models from them.
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