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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:53

Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus tested - 6. Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Smaller, lighter and cheaper



As of today, HAF 912 computer cases are available on the market. Those who know HAF 932, 922 and HAF X series will notice that HAF 912 series looks pretty similar, except that it's smaller, lighter and cheaper. CoolerMaster has three versions in store – HAF 912, HAF 912 Plus and HAF 912 Advanced. HAF 912 is aimed at the US market and, as usual, gets the best pricing. HAF 912 Advanced is aimed at Asia markets whereas HAF 912 Plus, which is our today's test sample, is the one to take Europe. However, CoolerMaster doesn't exclude the possiblity of buying cases aimed at other markets, but we're talking larger quantities here.

As far as pricing goes, the MSRP for the Standard version is €59, Plus version is €79 and the Advance is €99. This is pretty affordable for the quality you get and certainly proves that HAF 912 didn't only take size and weight cuts in the designing process.

What we as end users are concerned about, however, is that HAF 912 Advanced comes with three preinstalled fans whereas the other two cases have two. HAF stands for High Air Flow and we really think that cutting costs on fans wasn't a very wise decision. Our test, where we installed a third fan has proven that the third fan really brings the best from this case. Our today's guest, HAF 912 Plus comes with two silent fans (one 120mm on the rear and a 200mm fan on the front panel).

Apart from that, HAF 912 Plus is one excellent case. It's tough and stable, the finishing touches are excellent and it offers plenty of room. In fact, it will take largest graphics cards or 2x120mm water cooling radiator. The case will take up to 12 different drives, something that not even some high-tower cases can brag about. Furthermore, we must admit we really loved the large motherboard tray CPU hole, something that wasn't implemented so well on the much more expensive HAF X and many other cases we've tested so far.

HAF 912 Plus is no mere shrinkage of HAF series – a lot of effort went into these cases. We'd recommend it to anyone in a jiffy but we would advise you to put an additional fan in for even better cooling performance.

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