|Cooler Master HAF-X Case RC-942-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Sunday, 11 July 2010|
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Cooler Master HAF-X Computer Case Review
With Cooler Master's recent release of the HAF-X the anticipation culminating since CES 2010 can finally be relieved. This new edition to Cooler Master's "High Air Flow" series is a full tower case truly meant for enthusiasts. Heavy-weight systems packing huge power need a heavy-weight case with mammoth cooling performance. Model RC-942-KKN1 builds on successful features from the past while incorporating some new ideas. The case was designed to do two things extremely well, hold lots of high performance parts and keep them cool. Read on while Benchmark Reviews evaluates the HAF-X.
The HAF-X is the newest product in the HAF series. In 2009 Cooler Master released the HAF AMD and before that the HAF 932. This newest release is technically the HAF 942 but nicknamed HAF-X. As technologies mature their physical designs also morph. GPUs are getting more complex and require larger support boards as well as better cooling support. For example, due to the massive power output generated by Nvidia's GTX 400 series cards they recommend installing an additional fan to assist the integrated fans. In parallel with GPU expansion, SLI and Crossfire have matured to scale performance across more and more cards. The combined effect of these two developments has increased the physical footprint required to take advantage of the highest performance available. Thus motherboard and case designs must adapt to accommodate ever changing hardware.
So far what we've seen is a continuation of past trends. Motherboards have remained 2-dimensional expanding in both width and length. Cases have been expanding in all three directions to accommodate the motherboards and the multitude of support equipment (mainly cooling). Case designs remain extremely rugged while trying to make component installation easier; e.g removable panels, tool-less installation, cable-routing. These high performance cases also tend to include windows and hardware management features to wrangle a potential mess into something that can be put on display. Finally, IO panels have expanded to include more ports and features while retaining a small footprint. The HAF-X continues these themes with only slight variation.
Cooler Master HAF-X Features
About Cooler Master
Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.
In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for companies around the world seeking thermal solutions, and seeks to build such a reputation through outstanding technology, sophisticated design, and superior service.
Cooler Master's current business encompasses a comprehensive lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Its products range from heat sinks and fans to component housing, chassis, and ducting for computers, industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, and many other devices.