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Written by Dan Ferguson   
Monday, 06 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case RC-912-KKN1
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid Tower Case

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.

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid Tower Case

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.

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid Tower Case

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.

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid Tower Case

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.



 

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# A little measurement?ehume 2010-09-05 19:35
Generally nice review. One thing I would like to see all reviewers start doing is to measure the distance from the back of the motherboard tray to the panel behind it (the right panel in this case). CM states there is 16mm back there, but an actual measurement would help.
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# RE: Cooler Master HAF 912 Case RC-912-KKN1Doug 2010-09-06 02:02
I really like the look of this case. Like I say in all yuor case reviews, none beat the look of the 830 Stacker. One big issue for me is that the Stacker series cases have a mesh cover on both sides of the case, completely hiding the side fans. I hate the unfinished look of a side port right in the middle of the sides of any case. They look like a #ty mode to me. Nice review though.
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# RE: Cooler Master HAF 912 Case RC-912-KKN1Robert17 2010-09-06 04:44
Seems like a good mid-range case. Cases are one of the few items in a build that can be tweaked or modified. I've never tried to mod a hard drive for example. But for $3.00 I picked up a package of ten thumbscrews (had a choice of colors at that) and made my mid-tower somewhat more tool-less. Another $15 for a 120mm fan moved my air around substantially better. Kinda makes you wonder, what with purchasing scale and all, whether a couple of bucks of features in the HAF 912 up front would have pushed this case over some price point they didn't want to cross?
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# RE: Cooler Master HAF 912 Case RC-912-KKN1Daniel Ferguson 2010-09-07 09:50
@Robert17

I suspect the choice to install the modular drive bay put them right near the edge of their projected profit margin, and that they just couldn't afford to add the few extras and miss out on the $60 price point. And when looking at the competition, the modular bay is one major thing that sets the case apart, so it may have been the better choice.

Took mine to its first LAN party; one arm carry. It's nice to carry something smallish and still have the fastest rig.
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# Case height?ladyfox 2010-09-07 14:11
I know the dimensions list the height as 18.9 inches but is that from the lowest portion of the case at the top or the highest?
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# RE: Case height?Daniel Ferguson 2010-09-18 09:38
Highest. That is the maximum vertical length of the case.
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