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Cooler Master HAF X review

Cooler Master HAF X - The New Flagship

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Overall rating 9/10
Aesthetics:
8
Functionality:
9.5
Usability:
9
Value:
9
THE GOOD
USB 3.0 ports
Lots of focus on cooling graphics cards
Spacious interior
THE BAD
Not very pretty-looking
VGA bracket fits quite loosely
Side panels immensely heavy


X-traordinary

X-traordinary

Cooler Master is renown around the world for its computer casings and its HAF line-up is extremely popular with enthusiasts. Offering a strong combination of features and affordability, many enthusiasts have turned to the HAF series for their casing fix.

Unveiled earlier this year at CES 2010, the new Cooler Master HAF X full tower casing is the new flagship of the series. And as befits a flagship model, the casing comes with loads of new features that distinguishes itself from the rest of the HAF line-up. Some of these new features include a whopping nine expansion slots, support for non-standard size motherboards, hot swappable bays and support for USB 3.0 ports.

As HAF stands for High Air Flow, the design of the new HAF X continues to be geared towards maximizing air flow and ventilation of the system. As such, the exterior panels of the casing is plastered with mesh, and the case itself comes with four fans as standard. Ventilation aside, Cooler Master also prides the HAF X as being easy to install – something we'll find out in a short while.

Before we continue with our review, here are the HAF X's specifications: 

Cooler Master HAF X Specs
Casing Dimensions & Specifications
  • Height: 550mm
  • Width: 230mm
  • Depth: 590mm
  • Weight: 14.35kg
  • Material: SECC steel / Plastic
  • Case color: Black
  • Motherboard support: M-ATX / ATX / E-ATX / GIGABYTE XL-ATX
Drive Bays & Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 6 x 5.25-inch drive bays (2 converted for SATA HDD hot-swap bays)
  • 5 x 3.5-inch internal drive bays
  • 9 expansion slots
Case Cooling
  • 1 x front 230mm red LED fan
  • 1 x rear 140mm fan
  • 2 x top 200mm fan (1 optional)
  • 1 x side panel 200mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x VGA fan duct 120mm fan (optional)
  • 1 x VGA holder 80mm fan (optional)
Power Supply
  •  Standard ATX PS2