Cooler Master HAF X Case Review

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Introduction

Cooler Master is launching today a new full-tower case within their HAF family: HAF X. Let’s see take an in-depth look at this new beast.

The new HAF X follows the same general design concept from HAF 932, with a mean rugged-looks. It comes with a big transparent window on its left-side panel (HAF 932 uses a smaller dark window) and a big 200-mm fan (HAF 932 uses a 230 mm model here) rotating at 700 rpm and producing a 19 dBA noise level. This fan uses a small three-pin connector allowing you install it on your motherboard so you can monitor its speed. The fan also comes with an adapter for you to install it on a standard peripheral power plug, if you prefer. The mesh where this fan is installed has an air filter.

Cooler Master HAF X caseFigure 1: Cooler Master HAF X case.

Cooler Master HAF X caseFigure 2: Cooler Master HAF X case.

The front panel of HAF X can be seen in Figure 3. This case has four external 5.25” bays. The bottom two bays look like conventional 5.25” bays but they are in fact two hot-swap drawers for installing 3.5” and 2.5” hard disk drives and SSDs. All these bays have meshed covers with air filters.

Cooler Master HAF X caseFigure 3: Front panel.

At the bottom part of the front panel we have a 230 mm fan that glows red when turned on. It spins at 700 rpm, produces a noise level of 19 dBA and you can turn off its LEDs through a switch present on the top panel. Like the side fan, it comes with a small three-pin connector and with an adapter if you prefer to install it directly on the power supply.

The front fan comes with an air filter that is really easy to remove by pulling its bottom part.

Cooler Master HAF X caseFigure 4: Air filter removed.

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