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Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower PC Case Review
|Product:||HAF 912 (RC-912)|
|Date:||Mon, Sep 06, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
Cooler Master's High Air Flow, HAF for short, case lineup has been very popular since its start back in 2008. Until now, the lowest price for stepping into an HAF case has been around $100 for the HAF 922 mid tower, and higher if you want a full tower like the HAF 932 or HAF X, which can creep up to around $200.
Well, now you can get one for under $60 and Cooler Master calls it the HAF 912. So what does a $60 HAF bring to the table? Well, more than you think. The HAF 912 still has the rugged military look that all the HAF cases have had to date, but no side window. The HAF 912 can also support full length video cards up to 390mm (15.4") in length with a drive cage removed, and CPU coolers up to 175mm (6.89") tall. The HAF 912 also has a configurable hard drive cage arrangement that can hold up to six 3.5” hard drives and two 2.5” hard drives, or five 3.5” and four 2.5” drives.
Living up to the High Air Flow name, the HAF 912 can accommodate a range of 120mm, 140mm and 200mm fan combinations. Out of the box the HAF 912 comes with a single 120mm in front intake and a single rear 120mm intake. You can add an additional 120mm fan to the front intake, or change it out for a single 200mm. The top of the HAF 912 can also support a single 200mm fan or two 120mm fans, and the side panel of the HAF 912 also has a spot for a single 120 or 140mm fan.
To keep the cost down there are some things missing that a higher end HAF case would have: most noticeably is the lack of side panel window. The HAF 912 only has two 120mm fans out of the gate, unlike the higher HAF cases that have dual 200mm and single 120mm fans. Then there is the lack of the painted interior. All measures were taken to help reduce the cost of manufacturing and thus reduce the price to the consumer. With these features missing, it will be interesting to see if the HAF 912 is really worthy of the HAF title.
We have also been told that there will be not one, but three models of the HAF 912 to pick from. You have the Cooler Master HAF 912, HAF 912 Plus and the HAF 912 Advanced. The HAF 912 is the chassis we have here today that we are reviewing. The HAF 912 Plus has a blacked out interior and then the HAF 912 Advanced has a blacked out interior with a side panel window and several other changes. The official launch date is the 14th of September, and at that time the HAF 912 will be available on e-tail and retail outlets. We hope to know more about the differences between the three models before that date as well.
Let's take quick look at the specifications of the HAF 912 before we start giving it a good once over.
The Specifications for the Cooler Master HAF 912:
- Model Number: RC-912-KKN1
- Available Colors: Black Only
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 9.1 x 18.9 x 19.5 (230 x 480 x 496 mm)
- Weight: 17.8 lbs
Case: 0.7mm SECC Steel / ABS Plastic
- Front Bezel: Plastic and mesh
- Motherboard Type: Micro ATX, ATX
- 5.25” Bay: 4 Exposed
- 3.5” Bay: 1 Exposed (converted from 5.25” bay), 6 hidden
- 2.5” Bay: 4 Hidden (two converted from 3.5” bay)
- I/O Panel: USB2.0 x2, Audio Speakers x1, MIC x1
- Cooling System:
- Front: 2 x 120mm fan, 1200RPM, 17dBA (one is optional, can be swapped for 200mm fan)
- Rear: 1 x 120mm fan, 1200RPM, 17dBA
- Top: 2 x 120mm fan, 1200RPM, 17dBA (optional, can be swapped for 200mm fan)
- Side Panel: 1x 120mm or 140mm (optional)
- Expansion Slots: 7+1
- Power Supply: Standard ATX PS2/EPS 12V (optional)
- Warranty: 2 years
Next Page - CM HAF 912 Packaging
Page 1 - Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
Page 2 - CM HAF 912 Packaging
Page 3 - External Impressions of the HAF 912
Page 4 - Inside the CM HAF 912
Page 5 - Installing the System Into the HAF 912
Page 6 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion