Cooler Master HAF X Review

By on November 4, 2010, 2:02 AM
The original HAF 932 had no major pitfalls, and now almost two years later it's still one of the best full tower cases money can buy. Given its sheer success, Cooler Master decided to cash in on the HAF brand by releasing two mid-tower versions that are more affordable. We reviewed both, and while they are decent options, they inevitably felt like cheaper, cut down versions of the original. But when Cooler Master announced the new HAF X as the new flagship model of its "High Air Flow" line, they had our immediate attention as we wondered how they could have improved the 932's formula. A few things were immediately obvious such as the all black paint job (including the interior) and a much bigger case window. Both are welcomed additions even if they're not entirely necessary.
Unlike the currently outgoing HAF 932's current $130 price tag, the new HAF X is set at $200. This is a more typical price for an all-steel full tower case, so the new arrival has greater competition. Nonetheless, if Cooler Master has stuck with its original recipe, then we have no doubt that the HAF X is a worthy successor. Read the complete review.




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wow...had no idea TechSpot was going to review this. But coincidentally enough, I bought this case while waiting for the NZXT Phantom to be released. Got tired of waiting. So I put together my latest rig (check my profile) with 2 very high-tech friends and you should have heard the "oohs" and "aahs" while we were unpacking this case and checking out it's size and functionality.

This review is spot on and I can't tell you how impressed I am with the case. The functionality is incredible. I love the fact that I don't have to break out a single tool to put everything together. Whatever you could possible want (including USB3) is there. Won't go into details as this review covers it completely.

I will say the HAF X is a damn BIG and very HEAVY case when filled with components (70 lbs-ish?). Not necessarily a bad thing, just an FYI.

Otherwise, if you can shell out the coin for this - it will work for you for years and years.

gokica said:

As an owner of 932 I must say that I was impressed from the case as soon as I laid my eyes on it. Thank you for the wonderful review. I like the painting of the parts that were left pale in 932. What I do not like is the fans which did not evolve from the 932 but degenerated. The 230mm fans on the side panel and on the top of 932 can not be replaced with this solution although I do not have experience with HAF X and can not compare.

Overall a very good case although I do not feel like upgrading from 932 to this case at all and I would still recommend 932 over the X due to the price.

Edward Catflap Edward Catflap said:

I really like the rugged look and functional design of the HAF932 and X. I haven't used one myself, or even had the chance to see one in person, but I did a lot of research back in the day on the 932 when deciding on a chassis. I eventually picked the Antec 300 (still really impresses me) but I think I'll bite the bullet and buy this when I do up my home server/mega awesome gaming rig combo.

Thanks Techspot; you just made CoolerMaster a sale haha. Great review, well done.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Good review, as an owner of a Cooler Master case (Storm Scout) I've always been pleased with the level of quality I got. A friend of mine uses the HAF 932 and that case always blew me away =P, the HAF X just seems to take it a step further. Whenever I get around to owning a full tower case, this will likely be on my shortlist.

Leeky Leeky said:

I love both of them (932 and X), and the X is a definite improvement, but the only thing putting me off is the window in this case seems a bit pointless. I don't want to perve over my HDDs, or the cables going into the RH side of the motherboard, I wanna see those 6870's once I've ftted both.

It kinda hides your graphics cards from view looking at the various pictures in reviews that I've read. I think I'm gonna have to save for the Lian Li armoursuit PC-P80R red spider edition full tower instead - Least I can see my GPUs and system better through the "spider" window.

EDO219 said:

I luvs my new, all aluminum Cool Master ATCS 840

ddg4005 ddg4005 said:

I like this case except for one thing: the window. I'd prefer a mesh instead and hopefully Cooler Master will offer a side-panel upgrade. Otherwise, another fine chassis from CM.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Techspot: did you do a review of the CoolerMaster Cosmos S?

Or does anyone own a Cosmos S? If so, would you upgrade to one of these? (HAF X)

blimp01 said:

Awesome review / case but i dont like the cases that huge! lol i would perfer the silent mid towers

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I like how it's finally all-black. It just emits a higher-class ambiance.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Another excellent case from Cooler Master. I've always preferred steel full tower cases in black. Really cool to look at and extremely sturdy to boot. I'm currently using a black Thermaltake Xaser III super tower which has been with me for the last 5 years. If I were to build a new PC now, I would seriously consider the HAF X case. I just wish it came with more fans preinstalled. I don't think it would kill Cooler Master's profits to add a few more fans to the standard package.

Guest said:

OMG Massive boner from that picture.

ryan29121 said:

Seems like a cool enough case. I am not a big fan of clear side panels. Looks a little futuristic to me. But what do I know.

razzrap said:

nice case. but being a budget gamer with a few reasonable overclocks, i think i can skip this upgrade

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Next month I'm going to give a try to 932 since I'm getting a couple of hardware upgrades (Kind of liked it more visually, and the price difference still exists).

Talking of which, do you know a way to change mobo and other things in the computer and dont get crashes when starting old hdd windows? (I actually did that on another computer, changed mobo and processor and it crashed every time, had to reinstall OS, but maybe it was just that PC?).

BMfan BMfan said:

Thanx for the review,came a bit late though.When you did the HAF 932 review i bought that chassis about half a month later and i bought the HAF-X to replace it about a month before you brought out this review.

A worthwhile replacement if you can afford it.

ruzveh said:

I really like the Cooler Master case coz it is the fully loaded case with SATA dock built in. No other case offers me SATA dock but wish it could support SATA 3.0 and some USB 3.0 ports as well then it would make my cabinet all rounder. I am talking about CAF CM 690 II Advanced model

theruck said:

nice monster but cant imagine it to be under my desk. its too large

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'd be more into an Aluminum one, and the price is a bit high for me, but I must say building a customers PC in his HAF 932 case was an enjoyable experience. Those fans are big! Its a nice case.

frodough said:

worked with a CM HAF before great case, this one looks like improvements all around definitely would consider with future builds

kevin1212 said:

The perfect full tower case. Will be looking to get this for my next build.

JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Certainly looks like a really nice case.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

This will very likely be my next case. I've always been in love with the HAF series but I've never owned one. They remind me of a giant, unrolled tire tread.

ChrisG683 said:

I recently got my HAF 932 blue edition and I absolutely love it. This one looks equally, if not more amazing, but I'm not sure about the whole smaller fans + higher $ thing. Granted USB 3.0 is nice, but I think I'd almost be happier sticking to mine. Either way though, they are both fantastic cases.

BMfan BMfan said:

ChrisG683 said:

I recently got my HAF 932 blue edition and I absolutely love it. This one looks equally, if not more amazing, but I'm not sure about the whole smaller fans + higher $ thing. Granted USB 3.0 is nice, but I think I'd almost be happier sticking to mine. Either way though, they are both fantastic cases.

The holes for these fans are the same as the HAF 932.The front fan is a 230mm and the side is 200mm,i bought myself a CM storm 200mm 142cfm fan for the side and when i tried to fit it too the front it fitted just fine and i put the 230mm fan on the side panel.

Guest said:

I have the 932, and I was considering upgrading to the X, however, they still have not included fan filters, you think this being the fourth (?) version of this case that they would finally include them, and they don't. The funny thing is, they admitted to forgetting to add fan filters to the 932 and said they would add it to the next version of the HAF, and still no filters. You should see all the dust this pulls in.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I have the 932, and I was considering upgrading to the X, however, they still have not included fan filters, you think this being the fourth (?) version of this case that they would finally include them, and they don't. The funny thing is, they admitted to forgetting to add fan filters to the 932 and said they would add it to the next version of the HAF, and still no filters. You should see all the dust this pulls in.
Welcome to Cooler Master's customer support....

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I have the 932, and I was considering upgrading to the X, however, they still have not included fan filters, you think this being the fourth (?) version of this case that they would finally include them, and they don't. The funny thing is, they admitted to forgetting to add fan filters to the 932 and said they would add it to the next version of the HAF, and still no filters. You should see all the dust this pulls in.

I didn't see where they forgot the filters and were going to include them in the successor, but i would be willing to bet that they do not include a filter system because it greatly reduces air flow. This being an enthusiast case it rather defeats the purpose of the 200mm fan setup. Your stuck with compressed air every couple of weeks like I do with my 932, or change it to a positive pressure setup.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I didn't see where they forgot the filters and were going to include them in the successor, but i would be willing to bet that they do not include a filter system because it greatly reduces air flow. This being an enthusiast case it rather defeats the purpose of the 200mm fan setup. Your stuck with compressed air every couple of weeks like I do with my 932, or change it to a positive pressure setup.
Yeah, the short answer is the fans would hafta "suck harder".

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Yeah, the short answer is the fans would hafta "suck harder".

I have the feeling we are not talking about the same thing :p

CyberChrist said:

As an extremely happy owner of a HAF 922 I want this very very badly lol. Sadly there is just no reason for me to get it. I purchased my 922 when the 932 was still nearly 200 dollars so since I am rather price sensitive I went with the "smaller" case. But yeah anyone who is serious about having to get rid of some ridiculous heat the HAF is the best line of towers I have ever worked with and has made me a solid Cooler Master customer for life!

Chazz said:

The very first case review I've read was the HAF 932 on this website. I never knew people reviewed them with so much detail and I've been reading up on them ever since. The HAF-X will go in my next build.

Johny47 said:

Brilliant review Techspot and this is a VERY nice case, If I was going to buy a full tower case this would definately be it. So many brilliant little features packed into one case and I like the way it looks.

Breech said:

Nice review. I'd like to see how the Azza Hurrican 2000 stacks up against this case along with the Antec DF-85.

KG363 KG363 said:

I never liked the HAF 932. The 922 was alright, but not enough to make me replace my cm 690. But after the cm 690 II and this, It has been nearly impossible to not buy a new case.

I <3 the HAF X

DKRON said:

I am using this case at the moment for my gaming rig, i found the quick release HDD's at the front didn't work at all and kept nearly breaking my HDD's, but boy does it keep everything cool, im only using the air cooling and i havn't had my I7 950 cores above 30 degrees, even when my room was hotter

grvalderrama said:

Is there a mid-tower that you can recommend? I don't like full-towers, they are just too big, too heavy, and, probably too expensive. You go and laugh at me, but I'm kinda in love with my piece of crap case, so... I totally agreed with you when you state that it boils down to personal preference... as you can see, i won't give up on my case that easily, but I am looking for a worthy replacement. Nevertheless, it's a really nice case, and the review... well, perfectly done. Thanks TS!

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

im only using the air cooling and i havn't had my I7 950 cores above 30 degrees,

Thats not possible Dakron. You might want to get different software, or your sensors are way off. Even the best air coolers wont do that:

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**note that is temperature above ambient**

im only using the air cooling and i haven't had my I7 950 cores above 30 degrees, even when my room was hotter

you cannot cool below ambient temperatures unless you are using TEC,LN2,dry ice or the like.

you must have some 'off sensors', or looking at the wrong indicator.

zogo said:

Pefect from every point of view. I hope it will be my next case. It will be the main interior in my room

seefizzle said:

I'm rocking a 932 case right now and it doesn't appear as though they've fixed the single biggest flaw about the previous iteration... the dust. Can you please give me some dust filters? Please? The thing is like a vacuum. I have to clean it all the time.

Also, I see no reason to spend the extra 70 dollars. The 932 is all the case you'll ever need.

One other thing... Why no removable motherboard tray? Seriously.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I'm rocking a 932 case right now and it doesn't appear as though they've fixed the single biggest flaw about the previous iteration... the dust. Can you please give me some dust filters? Please? The thing is like a vacuum. I have to clean it all the time.

Also, I see no reason to spend the extra 70 dollars. The 932 is all the case you'll ever need.

One other thing... Why no removable motherboard tray? Seriously.

hi fizzle,

I don't get it, why don't you guys put filters on the 932 if you want them?

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if they had a removable mb tray and filters, it would not be a $130 case any longer.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

lol moving from the 932 to the X is a rather worthless decision imho, especially considering the chassis itself is nearly identical. i like the visual design of the 932 better anyways, though the top of the X looks a bit more unique and i really like the interior paint as a standard option.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

The HAF-X makes more sense (over the 932) if the user is planning a build around some increased connectivity, such as a mobo with USB 3.0, and/or using the added PCI expansion slots -either for fan controller, eSATA/Firewire/USB brackets or multiple graphics cards and the use of SSD's without having to use adapters. With the high end desktop motherboards now firmly moving into outsize E-ATX, WATX, XL-ATX and HPTX pcb's there's a certain cachet in having a chassis capable of housing these boards.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

True, I see the board is mounted higher on the x, would have saved me having to change to a top mount PSU to add a 4th card for physx., and move fans around etc, on my 932 .

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

I have a HAF 932 and I totally love it. This will be my next case for sure.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm not convinced this is worth the 50% premium over the HAF 932... 3.5in to 2.5in bay converters hardly cost anything, USB 3.0 hasn't taken off and the original HAF 932 looked pretty good anyway.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

I still own my silverstone tj07 which is the best full tower case available now imo.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I am going to use this case on my next build it is an amazing case and btw is only $179 right now on newegg. Also the HAF 932 comes in two different versions now the unpainted one for a little less and an all black interior for a little more not much though and there both amazing cases. I love coolermaster cases a ton but am currently using the antec 900 which is a good midtower case IMO.

white2010 said:

wait when will availabe in my country stores

hitech0101 said:

I am using a local made case for the computer because it comes with the power supply & cooling placed well so that you can keep adding or removing components easily & it does not bruise or scratch my hands & fingers.

Last but the most important reason probably the most cheapest available case.This one looks a beauty though nothing compared to mine but it does not matter how it looks from the outside it just needs to be powerful inside.

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