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Cooler Master HAF X Case Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Cooler Master HAF X Case Review Following up on our recent examination of the Cooler Master HAF 922 and 932 cases ( article link ), we now have the Cooler Master HAF 942, or HAF X as it is marketed, to give the once-over. Based on the HAF 932, Cooler Master used inspiration from customer feedback to bring us this new and improved high performance case for the enthusiast computer builder.
Excerpt: Like the HAF 932, the HAF X displays the same rugged style that gamers have come to love. The industrial look even appealing to me as much as I love the fine tuned lines of the ATCS 840 is awesome to look at. Offering more than looks the HAF X has features that the HAF 932 can only dream of. How do two HDD docks sound? How about USB 3.0 in the front display? Or nine expansion slots in the rear of the case to support triple GPU cards?
Excerpt: Cooler Master made a big splash with the introduction of the original HAF chassis, and they have continued to develop and refine the design, resulting in the HAF X that we've seen today. Sporting a similar military/industrial look, the HAF X adds some convenience features and improved cooling, particularly with regard to multi-graphic card solutions.
Summary: If you're looking for one of the best cases on the market, you've probably found it! The Cooler Master HAF X Case has amazing styling, build quality and features to boot. With plenty of drive bays, a tooless design, lots of fans, black interior, cables management holes and much more it will be THE case choice for many. All this and it's still reasonably priced, what's not to like!
Excerpt: The HAF X is the third case in Cooler Master’s High Air Flow lineup: The full-tower HAF 932 won our Kick Ass award in November 2008, and we continue to admire the mid-tower HAF 922 we first saw in October 2009—the red version is in this month’s cover story. With the HAF X, Cooler Master updates the full tower for 2010.
Pros: Front-panel USB 3.0, hot-swap SATA, plenty of airflow.
Cons: Dust filters don't slide out; could use more cable-routing cutouts.
Conclusion: But how does the HAF X hold its own in the more competitive $200 bracket ? Cooler Master's latest chassis might not stand out as much as the HAF 932 because it shares space with alternatives like the Thermaltake Spedo and Lian-Li PC-B70, but we believe it's the superior option. In our opinion, if you dig the HAF series looks, the real question becomes whether you should you skip the HAF 932 and spend $70 more on the HAF X.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Matte Black Finish Inside and Out, USB 3.0 support on front panel, Great Airflow and Cooling, Plenty of room, EATX motherboard support, Solid Tool Free Design, Dual Hot Swappable Docks, Can Fit The Huge PSUs, Great Cable management, PSU Cover for a clean look, Large Graphics Card support
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF-X had very strong performance all around. The HAF-X has excellent airflow out of the box, as well as several options to add to it. All around, the HAF-X kept all system components running extremely cool. From an installation/upgrade standpoint, the HAF-X is outstanding, with a great amount of room to work, and engineering that makes component installation quick and efficient, while the case remains very sturdy.
Pros: Excellent Airflow and Cooling, Solid Tool Free Design That Is Very User Friendly, SATA Docks For Hot Swappable and Removable Drives, Excellent Quality Finish Inside and Outside, Large and Well Placed Backplate Opening on Motherboard Tray, Large Clear Side Window, Wide Variety of Cable Routing Options, PSU Cover Keeps Inside of Case Looking Clean, Options For Additional Graphics Cooling, Added Support For Large Graphics Cards, Wheels Can Be Installed To Aid In Easy Mov...
Conclusion: To give users a feel of how this case looks with something other than air inside it, we installed our own components inside this case. Unsurprisingly, the mini-ATX Asus Rampage Gene II appears tiny in this case, which can support E-ATX or XL-ATX motherboards. Video card wise, the manual states that the case can accept up to a 342 mm long card.