Product: Cooler Master HAF X
Company: Cooler Master
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: July 30th, 2010
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.

Back in the late 90s, Dad bought us our first family Windows PC. It was a prebuilt from a local retailer, and featured two fans - the fan on the stock Intel heatsink for the Pentium II 400 inside, and the fan on the 300W power supply. It was bland, beige and silent (except when the hard drive was seeking), had an extra 5.25" drive bay alongside the state-of-the-art DVD-ROM drive. It also had a second external 3.5" bay to go with the floppy drive installed. Internally there was room for one more 3.5" hard disk, to go with the monster 20GB IDE installed. Life was simpler then - graphics cards were slot-powered and passively cooled for the most part, motherboards and soundcards just didn't heat up and your biggest worry was if you had enough PCI slots for your modem, token ring or Ethernet card, and additional parallel and serial ports.

CoolerMaster High Air Flow X
CoolerMaster High Air Flow X

Today the market for computer cases is enormous. Colorful paint, high CFM filtered airflow, hot-swappable hard drive bays, CPU socket cut-outs, mounting locations for radiators, pumps and double front-bay panels including LCD displays, tool-less add-in board and optical drive retainers, front panels like the rear panels of yore - all these are de rigueur for today's enthusiast computer builder.

Cooler Master HAF X Highlights

  • $199.99USD MSRP

  • Full-Tower Case 230x550x590 mm (W/H/D)

  • Bottom mounted PSU design

  • Support for 323mm Long Add-In Boards

  • 230mm Red Switchable Illuminated Front Fan [700RPM/110CFM/19dBA]

  • 200mm Upper Fan [700RPM/110CFM/19dBA] + Optional Additional 200mm Fan

  • Side Window with 200mm Fan [700RPM/110CFM/19dBA]

  • 140mm Rear Fan [1200RPM/60CFM/17dBA]

  • 4 5.25" Device Bays + 2 SATA 3.5" Hot Swap

  • 5 3.5" Device Bays - 5 Internal; 1 w/2.5" Adapter

  • Front 2x USB 2.0 / 2x USB 3.0 / 1x IEEE-1394 / 1x eSATA 2.0 / HD Audio Ports

  • CPU Socket Cut-Out

  • Graphics Card Fan cage (Optional 120mm Fan)

  • Add-In Board Spot Cooler (Optional 80x15mm Fan)

In keeping with the demanding enthusiast consumer, the HAF X is more than a coat of paint and a USB front panel upgrade from the 932 - the interior has been fully redesigned and thoughtful new features included. Read on to find out all the juicy goodness! 

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