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.
Conclusion: Here we are again with another Cooler Master review, and today sees us looking at one of the most widely talked about cases from the guys at CM. The HAF X is not only the biggest case in the HAF series but is currently one of the largest cases in the whole range of cases from them too.
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!
Summary: The HAF X also includes an optional fan cowling for Nvidia’s GTX 400 series, which channels air directly to the giant heatsinks on those cards, and which can accommodate an extra 12cm fan for more oomph. At $200, the HAF is priced competitively given its feature set. It’s neither the roomiest nor the most polished case, but the High Air Flow moniker is well-deserved, and we appreciate the forward-thinking additions Cooler Master has made.
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