|Cooler Master HAF 912 Case RC-912-KKN1|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Monday, 06 September 2010|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Compared to the HAF X this is a small case. Model RC-912-KKN1 is the smallest of the High Air Flow series designed to provide premium features at a discount price. Despite the size comparison this is still a spacious case. It is wider than most mid-sized cases which gives it a shorter look. For height and length it is quite comparable to other mid-sized models. It is a couple inches smaller than the HAF 922 in every direction.
For looks the HAF 912 keeps the same militaristic look as the rest of the HAF series, but the accents are more plain, larger and more pronounced than other cases. From the front it almost resembles some kind of armored vehicle like a striker or mine remover. Yet at the same time it reminds me of boot tread and boot straps. The chunky look will certainly draw both fans and critics. The case has the same shiny matte finish as the others with similar panel accents.
The left panel sports the same HAF emblem seen on the HAF 922 and the grate for the side fan seen on the entire HAF series. This grate is noticeably smaller than any of the other HAF cases. It also does not come with a fan installed by default. I was saddened to find that I will have to install a fan myself.
The back perspective emphasizes the short, wide aspect ratio of the 912. There is even enough width for an extra expansion slot above the normal PCI array. Like the HAF X there are three grommets in the back for water cooling needs. Since the HAF 912 does not support USB 3.0 the third port must be for simplified power routing of external water cooling equipment.
The right panel is removable but otherwise uneventful. The panel came installed with normal screws instead of thumb-screws. I was disappointed by this inconvenience. While I don't often remove the right panel it can be inconvenient to pull out the screwdriver for a simple cable change. Next we'll take a closer look at the external features.