Cooler Master Unleashes the HAF X

9.7 Overall Score

Before we get too deep into our unboxing, please note that the “HAF X” you see on the acrylic side panel will NOT be on the retail models of this case. Our review sample did not have it either. We much rather that it not be there anyway.
Moving on, the box is colorful, attention grabbing and not overly stimulating. It is mostly a black box with Cooler Master’s artwork nicely laid out on the front and back. Opening the top, we see that the HAF X is snuggled neatly inside. No damage was apparent from shipping the box to our test lab.

Accessories include a GPU support bracket, CPU power extension, wheels and USB 3.0 cabling. The instruction manual is standard for a case like this with decent instructions on how to install all components and accessories.

With the case out and the plastic off, we get our first glimpse of the chassis. Hopefully, the side view window will be better protected during transport than our sample was. There was no damage done but a tiny bit more time could be spent on making sure the protective plastic covers the entire viewing panel.
The HAF X is an attractive looking case. There are many lines that give it a similar appearance to the original HAF. This military inspired look does well for those that are into that sort of look. If you prefer much simpler styling like the 690 II Advanced, then the HAF X is not for you. We love the all black paint job, too. The dull gray interiors are only useful in cases without windows, in our opinion.

The HAF X offers six 5.25” drive bays with the bottom two reserved for hot swap HDDs. The front I/O panel offers support for 2 standard USB 2.0 devices, e-SATA, firewire and 2 USB 3.0 devices. A large, 230mm red LED fan with an on/off LED switch is mounted on the front of the case.
The backside of the case fits well with the overall design of the HAF X. As we look at the back of the case where the I/O panel and expansions slots reside, we see why this case is an Extreme version of the original HAF. Nine… There are NINE expansion slots available. That is unheard of in any desktop chassis.
The exhaust fan is a 140mm fan rated at 1200RPM max with 19dBA. There inlet/outlet holes are located at the top for an external radiator setup.
On top of the case is room for two 200mm fans. One is included, the second is optional. The front I/O panel, as mentioned earlier, includes USB 3.0 support. The power, reset and LED on/off buttons are hidden behind a sliding door to help prevent accidental pressing of the buttons.


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