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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a really well thought out case...., June 26, 2010
This review is from: Cooler Master HAF X - Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports and Windowed Side Panel (RC-942-KKN1) (Personal Computers)
I am putting together a machine with the MSI Big Bang XPower MoBo with an i7 930 CPU, and will have a GTX 470 GPU, with 7 HDD's in various raid configs and a Corsair HX850 PSU. This case is so well thought out. So far no negatives except it is very big, which is actually good, as long as you understand this before you buy.

Cable mgmt is excellent, USB 3.0 on the front as well as Esata and 1394 and USB 2.0, covered on/off switch (reset too).

Wheels are included. Air filters on all openings - except for some reason not on the bottom in front of the PSU. All tool-less drive bays, 2 hot swap drive bays in front (amazingly these are not tool-less..wtf were they thinking?).

It includes 3, 200 mm fans (top - out, front - in, side - in, and one 120 mm on the rear out. It also has a place for a second (optional) 200 mm fan on the top.

So far it has been a pleasure to work with. I will update this as the build progresses.

update - the only thing marginal are the hot swap drawers. they require screws to hold the drives in (the included thumbscrews work at least) so it not terrible, but it would have been cool to have a method to yank drives in and out with no real effort at all. still 5 stars
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Initial post: Jun 29, 2010 8:07:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2010 4:37:16 PM PDT
malevolution says:
Thanks for your feedback. I hope you have the time and inclination to answer a few questions. :)

Some reviews have mentioned the lack of a screwless retention mechanism on the hot-swap bays; is this true and if so, is this shortcoming fixed by the simple expedient of using a few thumbscrew case screws?

Also, I heard the top fans have dust covers on them, which may seem odd as they're exhaust, but are likely there to prevent debris from falling into the case. If you have no worries about this happening, might the material be removed from there and put on the PSU air intake?

Finally, the front fan - Cooler Master lists this as a 230mm (they also list the top and side fans as 200mm), a review I saw says the front fan is 220mm, and yet Amazon's "Frequently Bought Together" pairs it with two 200mm, though I'm not sure those are intended for the front. I don't like red and would much rather have a blue LED fan - or leave the red lights off. Have you any idea if a 200mm will actually fit?

Thanks for your time - and good luck with your build! Please post pics when you're done!

P.S. the rear fan is an exhaust (see Cooler Master's website) but in general fans always "scoop" air - they propel air from the scalloped, or concave, side of the blade. If the fan blades are for some reason not shaped this way, a good rule of thumb is that the air exits from the "back" - the side of the fan with the bracing and wiring.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2010 7:27:36 AM PDT
Brent L says:
no screwless on the hot swaps...and yet all the permanent locations are screwless..?? makes no sense. the screws for the HDD mount from the bottom of the hot swap tray, which is depressed about 1/4" + so the thumb screw would need to have a short head. these drawers are hard to slide in and out and are the weakest part of the case - sadly - because they were a big plus in making me purchase this case.

re: air filtration, I think you are spot on. I will leave them in place on top and put some window screen material on the bottom.

re: fans, kind of hard to measure in place, but I think the front and top are about 8" so I call that 200 mm. the rear fan is about 5.5" front fan has a red LED but the case has a switch for that near the power button.

your fan rule of thumb is spot on, and rather obvious in hindsight, thanks.

I think this case is a 10 less 1 point for the weak implementation of the hot swap drawers so call it a 9. REMEMBER however, it IS very BIG...which is a big plus when working "inside" it and not so great when you "outside" trying to find a place to put it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2010 2:45:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2010 3:12:35 PM PDT
malevolution says:
Thank you very much for your reply!

The Hot-Swap Tray Debacle (not to mention the USB 3 implementation, and the lack of intake filter for the PSU) is almost a sin in a case so close to perfect. These shortcomings are mysterious.

You're right - 8" is almost exactly 200mm, and 5.5" about 140, so that's good enough for me. If not; have Dremel, will, ah, "fix." :)

Oh BTW, speaking of the front USB 3.0 implementation... I heard (via reviews, again) that Cooler Master will send a better solution free to HAF X owners once a standard for the mobo headers is created.* This does, though, bring up the question as to why they didn't just separate the connections. It's not like any case has the front switches and lights in some neat block, after all.

Your PSU intake filter solution is brilliant! After I posted the comment above, I was wondering if there would be enough clearance to slap an appropriately (enough) sized filter (like this) to fit the bottom of the case without much restriction. IF that worked, I'm sure that it would be a lot less restrictive than a window screen.

Again, thanks much for your reply; it was very helpful and I think I've decided to join the growing ranks of HAF X owners. Best of luck with your build!

*For those who don't know, reviews I've read state that the USB 3.0 on the front of this case is facilitated via a USB extension cord that you must run from the inside of the case, through one of the three liquid line holes out the back of the case, and into an available USB 3 port on the back of your motherboard.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 3:31:41 PM PDT
A.D. Minton says:
Really, how hard is it to install two thumb screws? And the thumb screws that ship with the case work just fine without any clearence issues. Also I've not had any issues removing or installing the bays.

BTW way the fans are.... 1 Front bottom 230mm 700RPM 19dBA (Red LED), 1 Top 200mm 7000RPM 19dBA, 1 Rear 140mm 1200RPM 19dBA, 1 Side 200mm 700RPM 19dBA. This info can be found in that little fandangled thing they call the "Installation Guide".... page 2.

You can see my review here... http://www.sevenforums.com/overclocking-case-mods/96257-cooler-master-s-haf-x.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 7:59:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2010 8:00:25 AM PDT
malevolution says:
"Really, how hard is it to install two thumb screws?"

Brent said there is scarcely room for that. Have you found different?

That's still not really the point; users shouldn't have to re-engineer things to get them to work as they should. I mean, these are hot-swap bays - the one installed part of your PC that you're expected to be able to remove and insert easily - and they're not tool-less while everything else is! It's an incredibly dumb design. I wouldn't call it a deal-killer, but it is a bit like (terrible analogy in 3...2...) designing a luxury sedan without power windows. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 10:53:09 AM PDT
Brent L says:
ditto. while the thumb screws do work, the logic is bass ackwards. everything inside is tool-less, AND the hot swaps are semi tool less or less so. wtf?

Re: that thing called the manual, i was giving a brief rundown, before i had really worked with it. it was not my graduate thesis....so ease up on the attitude. i stand by my statement,
great case, but a couple of blunders.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 5:37:11 PM PDT
A.D. Minton says:
I stand by mines that it's not a big deal that the hot swap bays aren't "tool-less". It's not that hard to install two thumb screws. It's taken me longer to write this paragraph than it did to install the screws.

To each his own though. And yeah, it is a nice case.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2010 10:41:29 AM PDT
malevolution says:
Big deal? No. Major design flaw? Yes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2010 7:59:43 PM PDT
Brent L says:
i agree it is not terrible, but the main drives have such an elegant solution - and the hot swaps, well, not so much....

on the 5 internal drive bays, you simply bend the carrier and the pins go right into the screw holes of the 3.5" hdd, and when you slide the drawer in, the side rails keep the pressure on it to hold it all together. Brilliant!

they could have had a similar intermediate piece that you could click the drive into, and then snap it into the drawer. voila, no tools and the most important tool-less area would really be tool-less.

regardless, we are all lucky to have discovered this case, as it is truly awesome.

enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2011 12:56:54 PM PST
Thanks for the review. The hot swappable SATA bays had me considering going with this over the HAF 932, but it doesn't seem like I'd use the feature, and it doesn't seem logical that they aren't toolless while everything else is :/. My motherboard doesn't support USB 3.0, so no point in spending the extra money it seems since the 932 is probably a little more than I wanted to spend anyway.
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