Cooler Master HAF 912 Reviewairman -
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To test the Cooler Master HAF 912, temperatures will be recorded for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and the overall system temperature during load and idle phases. Load will be simulated by Prime95 small FFTs and HD Tune for one hour with maximum temperatures recorded by RealTemp. The GPU load will be the maximum value recorded by Catalyst Control Center after five loops of 3DMark06’s Canyon Flight test. Each case is tested as is from the factory, including the fan configuration. As stated earlier, the fan configuration for the HAF 912 is 1x120mm front intake and 1 x120mm rear exhaust.
- Processor: Intel i7 920
- Motherboard: MSI Eclipse SLI
- Memory: Mushkin Ridgeback 12800 6-8-6-24
- Video Card: XFX HD5870
- Power Supply: Mushkin Joule 1000W Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-RW
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Ambient Temperature: 25 °C
- CPU Heatsink: Stock Intel
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
It's clear by these results that only including two fans in the HAF 912 certainly hinders its performance. The CPU temperature got to nearly 80°C in 25°C ambient air under load, as did the chipset temperature. The HAF 912 falls behind in every test and performs only "acceptably", as I will say. I strongly feel that with the addition of two or three more fans, the temperatures can drop drastically and the case will perform much better. Unfortunately, with only two fans, there is not enough flow of air through the case to adequately cool all of the components. Even the 120mm intake fan has trouble bringing the HDD temperature down to a similar level of the other cases. These are only some quick thoughts, and I will wrap up this review in the conclusion on the next page.