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Unparalleled Airflow; Great Case for a Great Price,
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This review is from: Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow Design (RC-912-KKN1) (Personal Computers)
When choosing a case it is important to make sure it is something that you like and that will fit your needs. Cases are one of the few, if not the only component from a PC rig that will last you through multiple builds. With that in mind, I took a long time researching and browsing around before I decided on a case for my computer build.
The HAF 912 was consistently mentioned across the web by PC enthusiasts and amateurs as a strong case choice for both form and function. Cooler Master named the HAF series to stand for "High Air Flow" and these cases truly shine in that area. I am running an AMD 955 black edition processor overclocked to 4.0gHz and also a Radeon 6950 1gb video card and the case stays between 27-40 degrees celsius on the stock fans (depending on if I am just browsing the web or utilizing more CPU power). I thought I would need to purchase a bunch of extra case fans in order to keep my system temperatures down, but such is not the case. The huge vent in the top of the case can accommodate up to a 200mm case fan, but for now it works very well as just an exhaust vent. Most of the hot air exits through this area.
The 912 also takes a minimalist approach in terms of design and does not include a giant window or bright LED lights like some other cases boast. For myself this was perfectly fine, but if you are looking for a case that has all of these extra features then this is not the right choice for you. I didn't need a flashy case and instead I wanted my money to be spent on build quality and necessary features. Here are some of the key reasons I would recommend this case to a prospective builder:
Airflow- Superb, even with only the stock fans (discussed above).
Capacity/Size- There is plenty of room inside this case. It supports the larger ATX motherboards as well as the micro-ATX motherboards. Longer video cards can be accommodated by easily removing the extra drive bay(s).
Cable management- The HAF 912 has great cable management for a mid-tower case. If you don't know what cable management is or why it is important, it basically means how well the case tucks away the giant spiderweb of wires so that it does not clutter the inside of your system. The HAF 912 has room behind the right side panel for excess wires to be stored. I have a non-modular power supply which literally has about 10 extra cables that I did not use for my build and that I needed to hide somewhere. This case was able to conceal them behind the motherboard, no problem. This is essential because without proper cable management the wires will actually clutter and block the overall airflow throughout the case and lead to higher temperatures.
Tool-less drive bay installation- Installing the CD/DVD drive is literally a snap and takes no more than 10 seconds to do. It only comes with one (1) tool-less drive bay, but that's all most people will need.
Price- The case will only set you back about $50-60 depending on if it's on sale. While you aren't going to have all the bells and whistles that some cases have you are getting features in this case that are not seen until you move up into the $70-90 bracket.
The HAF 912 is truly a great mid-tower case that will not disappoint. I highly recommend this case to both new and avid PC builders alike.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2012 11:45:19 PM PST
W. Costley says:
Great review--exhaustive yet succinct. You've convinced me to go with this case over the Antec 300 I was also considering, primarily because it seems like the CM was designed a little more with airflow in mind. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 12:04:17 AM PST
Glad to hear that it helped you out! It's funny you mention the Antec 300; as I myself was close to purchasing that case for my build. In retrospect, I can say that my decision to go with the CM 912 was a good one and the case has performed amazingly. Hopefully you enjoy your new pc! Happy building!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 10:41:17 PM PST
Would the open top be collecting too much dust/dirt?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 1:23:08 AM PST
While the ventilated top does allow dust & dirt to enter the case, it really is not a huge setback. One possible way to remedy the situation would be to install another case fan as an exhaust. This way, the dust would be pushed away from the case rather than being able to leak through the grate. Regardless, routine case cleaning is something that all PC owners should practice and I would not say that the semi-open top of the case has caused any noticeable increase in dust quantity. I hope this helps answer your question.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 7:21:17 AM PST
W. Costley says:
I highly recommend the Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm fan for the top vent. It is almost silent and prevents dust from entering. It also comes in a very nice red or blue LED model (unfortunately there is no unlighted version, if that's what you're looking for). I also have one in the front vent as an intake fan. Here is the link: Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red).
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 8:59:13 AM PST
Thank you both very much for replying.
Posted on Jun 12, 2012 8:14:15 PM PDT
Eric Vanderbilt Mathews says:
"I thought I would need to purchase a bunch of extra case fans in order to keep my system temperatures down, but such is not the case."
I chuckled a bit. Great review! I think I'll purchase this case now, thanks for the info.
Posted on Jun 17, 2012 2:49:57 PM PDT
W. Johnson says:
I have been searching for a case for customer builds. I found this case and found the description meets the need. Once I actually read your fine review, I am convinced this will be the next case I will use for these builds. THanks for the review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 3:40:01 PM PDT
That's great! I am glad you found the review to be helpful. I'm sure you will not be disappointed with the case. Thank you for the positive feedback.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 3:41:49 PM PDT
Thank you for the feedback. I hope the case worked out great for you