Cooler Master HAF X Reviewjlqrb - May 25, 2010
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We all know that cooling performance can either make or break a case. Companies can add as many features and novelties as they want, but if the cooling is sub-par, that pretty much dooms the product in the overclocking community. The HAF X however, does not seem to be a case that will be lacking in cooling performance. It has one 220mm front intake fan, as well as a 200mm side intake fan that will bring in cool air into the case coupled with a 200mm fan at the top and a 140mm fan at the rear for exhaust.
Though the HAF X does seem ideal for cooling, there is really only one way to know for sure. So for testing I am going to install the same components in the Cooler Master HAF X that I have used across multiple cases and run the same benchmarks, in the same controlled environment and see how it stacks up to the other cases. During the testing process the room will be kept at 75°F and the programs used will be Prime 95 to stress the CPU/chipset, HD Tune for the hard drive and Furmark v1.8.2 will be used to stress the GPU.
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
- Memory Mushkin Blackline DDR3 1600MHz
- GPU: XFX Radeon HD5870
- Power Supply: ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB 7200.11
- OS: Windows Windows 7 Pro
- Case: Cooler Master HAF X
The Cooler Master HAF X did a very impressive job cooling all the internal components. This allowed the HAF X to reduce the HD5870 GPU temp by 4°C over the best performing comparison case and 2°C better when it came to cooling the 890GX chipset. The CPU and HDD temperatures were, however, at the same level as some of the other cases, but this is not a knock at the HAF X, because the cases it was equal to were the best performers. So as a whole, the HAF X performed better than all the comparison cases in terms of cooling. Also, even with four included fans, the HAF X was very quiet, making it almost inaudible from just a few feet away.