CoolerMaster HAF X case review

CoolerMaster tries to make the dream cooling PC case

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CoolerMaster haf x

As soon as you turn on the HAF X, the front mounted, red LED backlit, 230mm fan announces itself.

If 230mm isn't big enough, there's a 240mm side mounted fan just below the top 200mm fan. The rear fan must feel very insecure at a mere 140mm.

Cooler Master has gone to town on this case.

Even the most daring overclockers will be more than happy with the stock cooling options inside this case. Should any lunatic feel the need for more however, there's a top-mounted grille to fit another 200mm fan.

Cooler Master has cooling covered with the HAF X then, predictably. But has it compromised in other design aspects on the way? Is it only HAF good? Sorry.

Anyway, truth is Cooler Master has rather overdesigned the inner gubbins of the HAF X. The 'advanced GPU holder' and air duct have been designed to keep your graphics card(s) in place and cooled, but in fact is just an unnecessary fiddle.

There's a power supply cable partition for 'neatness', but the plethora of cables that come from the case itself to power all the fans, LEDs and USB ports rather nullify that gesture.

Despite its ample proportions, the HAF X is still a slightly clumsy case to build your system in, and it's come at the cost of all that cooling.

We liked:

On the bright side, it looks like the Batmobile. There's a pleasing union of decoration and necessity in the aesthetic of the HAF X that save it from looking like a cheap toy.

We disliked:

Cooler Master is pricing the HAF X to enthusiasts, and intends it to be the 'dream case' around which serious PC users build their dream systems.

As such, it's not ideal. There are cases in the same price bracket that offer more versatility for building systems, such as Corsair's Obsidian Series 700D.

Final word:

If you've got a little dollar to play with and you're looking to build a powerful but more straightforward system (and you're obsessed with fans), Cooler Master has made the HAF X for you, sir.

Tech Specs

Product TypeComputer Case
Number of External 5.25" Bays6
Number of Power Supplies Supported1
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays5
Front USBYes
Front FireWireYes
Front Audio InYes
Front Audio OutYes
Power Supply Wattage750 W
Number of Total Expansion Bays11
Brand NameCooler Master
Form FactorTower
Motherboard SupportedMicro ATX, EATX, ATX
MaterialSteel, Plastic
Number of Fans Supported7
Number of Fans Installed4
Number of Total Expansion Slots9
Total Number of USB Ports4
Total Number of FireWire Ports1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports1
Height550 mm
Width230 mm
Depth599 mm
ManufacturerCooler Master Co., Ltd
Product ModelHAF X
Product NameHAF X Chassis
Manufacturer Part NumberRC-942-KKA750
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The much anticipated HAF X debuts as the most powerful HAF (High Air Flow) chassis yet. Designed for performance systems, this chassis is able to house today's latest and hottest CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards and is even compatible with USB 3.0 devices. With specialized support and cooling for graphic cards, massive airflow with the help of up to four gigantic fans and easy access to installed components, this is as close as it gets to a system builder's 'dream case'.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16.08 kg