Cooler Master HAF 912 Reviewairman - September 8, 2010
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Anyone in the custom computing scene is sure to have heard of Cooler Master. Cooler Master introduced themselves into the computer accessory market about a decade ago, and has continued their rise to success every year that they operate. As per their mission statement, "Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality." Most individuals who have owned a Cooler Master product can agree with this quote, as Cooler Master offers high quality products that are well designed and well built. Since their debut, Cooler Master has developed cases, heatsinks, power supplies, and other cooling accessories that are widely used across the world and accepted as one of the most popular brands internationally.
Since Cooler Master is a very popular brand, they are recognized by most computer enthusiasts who keep up with custom computer products. More specifically, individuals may even recognize or at least know of the HAF breed of cases in Cooler Master's line up, and acknowledge them as their higher-end mid and full tower cases with loads of features and a high level of cooling capacity. Introduced this Tuesday, the HAF 912 is the latest case in Cooler Master's product line. It is a mid tower case that houses up to seven 3.5" hard drives, two 2.5" SSDs, three or four external 5.25" devices, dependent upon whether or not the 3.5" device bay is used. For a mid tower case, this certainly is a large amount of capacity! This review will completely explore the HAF 912 from unboxing, exterior and interior features, specifications, and most importantly, testing and comparing the temperatures produced by the HAF 912 against some of the other latest cases on the market.
The Cooler Master HAF 912 is packaged in a plain brown cardboard box with black printing of the Cooler Master logo, a picture of the case, specifications and features, as well as some attractive designs on the front that improve the look of the plain brown cardboard. For being monochrome, the packaging is not really unattractive and I feel is a good presentation of the case while not requiring a lot of resources to produce. More specifically, the rear of the case contains specific features the case offers, with individual specifications such as the dimensions and capacity on the sides.
The HAF 912 is secured in the box between two blocks of fitted styroam and wrapped in a plastic bag. The user's manual can be found underneath the case, and a box of accessories secured to the inside rear of the case with a large twist tie. The accessories included are: all mounting hardware such as motherboard standoffs, motherboard screws, expansion slot screws, 6 pairs of toolless hard drive rails, a numerous amount of zip ties, a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter bracket, and a short PC speaker. I like that Cooler Master supplied the zip ties, and about 15 of them at that, which can really help clean up the interior of a case and improve further upon the already built-in wire management features.
With the HAF 912 out of the bag, it is ready to have an evaluation of its exterior on the next page. So far, this case looks like it could be a solid performer with lots of room and plenty of extra features.