Cooler Master HAF X Reviewjlqrb - May 25, 2010
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The HAF 932, despite its age, continues to be a force in the enthusiast case market. This is in large part due to the HAF 932 being a full sized chassis that is not only stylish and well built, but also one that comes with the latest and greatest technologies, exceptional cooling, as well as room to fit virtually any type of setup. All these attributes helped to heighten the HAF 932's popularity with enthusiasts. However, with the case originally being released back in 2008, many features that were once considered a luxury in design, have now become standard. So to continue the evolution of the HAF series, Cooler Master is introducing the new HAF X, which will become the new flagship of its current line-up.
Like the 932, the X is a full sized chassis that continues with the original rugged and industrial look that has become a staple of the HAF series. It also adds all new features, such as twin USB 3.0 ports, dual hot-swap bays, nine rear expansion slots for quad GPU use and much more. All of these new features came from the Cooler Master design team, which were said to be focusing on key elements to deliver a case with excellent airflow, easy cable management, support for the latest hardware and even water cooling. Cooler Master has great record when it comes to adding cases to a popular series, but with the HAF cases being no ordinary line-up, Cooler Master will definitely have to push themselves to come up with something great.
The HAF X comes packaged in a glossy black box that is rather small for a full sized chassis, but this just means that there is no excess packaging or wasted material used. On the front panel of the packaging, there is an angled image of the HAF X, with the red LED fan glowing at the bottom of the case. Next to the image of the case, we get our first look at the new logo, which comes with the HAF X name standing out in front of a fiery bed of sparks in the background. Turning to the reverse side, you will find multiple images of the HAF X, with one image being the front of the case, one of the back side and a side shot showcasing the interior. Each image is a diagram that highlights a specific features of the case, both internal and external. Under the diagrams are four images that are close-ups of some of the new features and each of these comes with a short explanation found under the image. Turning the box to the side you can see that one side lists the specifications and the other has a smaller image of the case, product sticker and some general information in multiple languages. Inside the box, the HAF X comes wrapped in a thin layer of plastic with two extruded polystyrene foam inserts on each side for protection.
The accessories that are included with the HAF X come in a small cardboard box found inside of the case. Before the box can accessed though, the widowed side panel must first be removed. The accessories found in the box consist of installation hardware (screws and stand-offs) wheels, cable ties, case speaker, 8-pin power cable extension, VGA bracket and a special cable used to convert USB 3.0 to USB 2.0. Also included is an installation guide, but this is found inside the large box that houses the HAF X and not the accessories box. As far as extras go, Cooler Master definitely didn't leave anything out, and there is more than enough here to get the case setup.
If you're looking forward to seeing the HAF X in action as much as I am, you will definitely want to keep reading!