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Cooler Master HAF X Black Gaming Case Review
|Date:||Tue, May 25, 2010 - 11:00 PM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
FAQ for HAF X
- When will the HAF X be available?
The HAF X street availability will be early June worldwide.
- How do I use the Nvidia GTX 480 ducting and what is the best solution for nVidia certified cooling?
There are 3 major components of the GTX 480, GTX 470 SLI-certification: The GPU duct, the side fan duct and the GPU duct fan. The GPU duct fan requires a extremely high airflow 150cfm fan with at least a 120x38mm specification. This specification was developed by nVidia. Adding a similar high performance fan will also achieve the same cooling effects. To install with 3-way SLI, first remove all the components. Mount the cards, and install the GPU duct, GPU duct fan, then the side panel with 200mm duct. The GPU holder can be used instead of the side fan duct, but will not meet the nVidia engineered requirements for cooling.
- How do I use the GPU bracket?
With the computer installed and the graphics cards
screwed in place, assemble the front of the GPU bracket. Attach the
optional 80mm x 15mm R4-SPS-20AK-GP slim fan. If the GPU are
separated by a single slot, pull the fingers of the GPU bracket off and
to a farther apart position. With the GPU fingers in place, press them
against the cards while screwing in the adjustment in the back of the
X. Ensure the GPU bracket is parallel with the GPU cards and
perpendicular to the chassis back frame.
- Why are there 9 PCI slots?
HAF X uses 9 expansion slots for 3 and 4-way SLI and Crossfire X support. With selected motherboards, a HAF X will allow the GPU to be fixed to the chassis firmly. For additional support the GPU retention bracket, can reinforce the lower cards. Note that the ATX standard calls for 7 expansion slots and certain motherboards will not use the first two slots. With 9 slots, the HAF X will maintain the 7 slot standard even using the largest motherboards.
- How are the HAF X made and what are they made of?
The HAF X is made from .8mm SGCC steel, with ABS plastic. The entire chassis is ROHS certified materials. HAF X is manufactured exclusively by Cooler Master on our own machinery in ISO 9001, 9002 and 14001 certified facilities.
- How do I use the front hot-swap bays?
The bays should be gripped from the sides and gently pinched together to release the tray. Once the tray is removed, the hard drive can be screwed directly to the tray. The tray must be gripped firmly and installed straight in to contact the rear backplane. SATA cables are directly attached from the backplane to the motherboard for a direct connection.
- How do I use the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports?
HAF X is the first available full tower chassis with USB 3.0 support. Currently the NEC controllers on USB 3.0 motherboards do not support a standardized header. To use the USB 3.0 ports, route the extension cables from the I/O behind the motherboard and through the rear hole in the motherboard tray. You can then use one of the three rubber water cooling ports on the rear of the chassis to meet the USB 3.0 port on the motherboard. As soon as a better solution is released with a standard USB 3.0 motherboard header on chip, Cooler Master will provide the internal header USB 3.0 cables as a free part exchange.
- How do I mount a radiator on the top?
HAF will support a 240, 360, or 280mm radiator with no modification. Remove the top 200mm fan, and use the 8 holes to attach the radiator. The top panel must be removed by pressing on the internal plastic clips within the chassis. Some extreme radiators over 60mm thick, or too heavy may run into some issues in support, although most 360mm radiators will be accommodated with no issues.
- What is the proper order of assembly?
First remove all the ducting. These ducting should be added after installation of the motherboard, fans and video cards. Make sure to install the CPU cooler before installing the motherboard since many motherboard layouts use different CPU socket locations. Install the power supply partition after the PSU is installed. Then install the GPU duct after the GPU are installed.
- What is the largest type motherboard that can be installed?
HAF X will support ATX, EATX and some non-standard sizes. Please note that some motherboards from EVGA follow non-standard layouts. The HAF X will support the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI motherboard with optional 4-way SLI support. There is not enough depth or width available to support the EVGA Classified SR-2 because the motherboard is of a non standard layout and is 15 inches wide. This is over 2 inches longer than the interior of the chassis.
- What is the maximum GPU length supported?
Video cards can be up to 342mm or 13.46 inches. Please note that using the GPU ducting, or other fan mounting on the hard drive bays, will reduce the clearance by up to 40mm.
- What is the maximum CPU cooler height supported?
The HAF X will support all modern coolers including the V6, V8, V10 and any cooler under 175mm in height.
- What is the maximum PSU length supported?
HAF X will support all modern PSU from 160mm to over 210mm. Note that longer PSUs will be covered by the power supply partition.
Next Page - CM HAF X Final Thoughts
Page 1 - Cooler Master HAF X
Page 2 - External Impressions
Page 3 - External Impressions Continued
Page 4 - Moving inside the HAF X
Page 5 - Inside Continued
Page 6 - Installing Parts into the HAF X
Page 7 - Installation Continued
Page 8 - FAQ for HAF X
Page 9 - CM HAF X Final Thoughts