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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 11:23

Cooler Master HAF X dissected - 4. Internal Impressions

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Top quality, reasonable price



As you can see, there’s more room inside HAF X than you’d wish for.

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As you can see from the picture below, the air duct can hold a 120mm fan (note that the fan is not included). The same picture shows how the PSU cables are nicely hidden using the plastic cover. Note that this component is optional and can be removed at any time.

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We’ve already said that HAF X’s side fan (200 mm, 700 RPM, 19 dBA) is smaller than HAF 932’s, but Cooler Master devised a plastic frame which funnels air towards the graphics card. 

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The picture below shows the difference between HAF X’s and HAF 932’s side panels.
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The L shaped window allows for a nice view of the HAF X’s insides.

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HAF X is slightly taller than the HAF 932, which will prove to be key when mounting motherboards higher than E-ATX. There's also room for a triple 120 mm-fan radiator in the roof.

Maximum supported graphics card length is 322 mm, meaning it will take pretty much any graphics card. Your CPU cooler of choice should be up to 190 mm high, and mounting it should not be a problem as the case has a hefty hole in the motherboard tray.

Of course, every high-end combination requires plenty of cables, but HAF X allows plenty of room for neat cable management as evident from the following picture.

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The PSU is mounted at the bottom but we found it pretty strange that there’s no dust filter here.

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HAF X retained the HAF 932’s optical drive securing mechanism – by pushing the Cooler Master logo button, the drive will be fixed in place. 

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The picture balow shows the front 230 mm fan which blows air on the HDD tray. The first bay from the bottom will take two 2.5'' drives, whereas the rest will only take 3.5'' drives. The bays are removed towards the windowed side panel, which is pretty practical except for the scenarios when you have to connect/disconnect power.

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