HAF 912 Advanced
When I first saw the HAF 912 Advanced Case
from Cooler Master, the immediate word that came to my head was
monster... the second word was wow. For the uninitiated, HAF is
an acronym for High Air Flow that basically maximises the
throughput of the airflow through chassis with some careful
architectural design by Cooler Master. The airflow works by taking cool
air from the front of the case and then moving it to the top and rear of
the case. An optional side fan can also be included to move additional
cooler air into the unit.
In other words, this was the case for true
computing enthusiasts, especially for those gamers and overclockers who
want to get the ultimate performance from their PC's in all aspects of
hardware. Part of the solution to achieving greatness on your PC is the
HAF 912 Advanced Case.
The design of the HAF 912 would not look
out of place on a military base due to its rugged design but where this
case shines is through its internal design in order to accommodate a
variety of cards and devices for your PC. Best of all, the HAF 912 has
enough room to easily provide for the high end graphic cards from Radeon
to NVDIA. However, the goal of the HAF 912 is simple, ensure the best
possible cooling and airflow inside the case to maximise your PC
experience without the pesky proverbial spanner in the works... over
HAF 912 Advanced is
built in aggressive design and stylish interior black coating.
The compact interior
able to accommodates 12 devices.
graphics cards including ATI Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA Geforce GTX
performance support up to two 200 mm and two 120 mm fans.
Front 200mm fan with
brilliant Red LED provides the best airflow to HDDs.
cage provides enthusiasts more convenient installation.
Front I/O includes
USB 3.0 for easy access
From water cooling
outlets to removable dust filters and even various sized hard drive
adapters, Coolmaster have definitely thought outside the square when it
came to the design of this case. There is even a cable management system
and in all my years of building PC's, I have never seen anything this
well made and well thought out. Another highlight of the HAF 912 is that
it works straight out of the box without the need to purchase additional
cooling devices. The unit itself comes with three fans, a front 200mm
red LED fan, a top 200mm fan and finally a rear 120mm rear fan. There is
space for an optional side fan of either 120mm or 140mm.
Out of the Box
Once out of the box, we were ready to
review the unit and our initial reactions was that the HAF 912 was a
very well built and sturdy case, albeit a little heavy, especially when
all the innards of our test machine were installed. When we begin to
transplant our old system into the HAF 912, we could not believe the
amount of dust that collected in our old case. This was on everything,
the video card, the motherboard and even in the hard to reach places
inside the case.
This would also be the perfect opportunity to remove the excessive dust
and it should be noted that excess dust can be quite detrimental towards
the health of your PC as the dust that rests on fans and the like which
increases the temperate that in turn decreases the lifetime of these
parts. Not only does dust clog up your fans but it generally makes your
PC worker harder than it should which uses more power as well.
Fortunately Cooler Master have addressed this issue and have included
dust filters in their design, including the bays of CD drives that is a
||Case Body: Steel
/ Front bezel: Plastic and mesh
Dimension (W / H / D)
||Main unit: 230 x
480 x 496 mm / 9.1 x 18.9 x 19.5 inch (with stand)
||Net: 8.7 kg /
||Micro-ATX / ATX
5.25" Drive Bay
||4 Exposed (one
could be converted to 3.5” bay)
3.5" Drive Bay
||1 Exposed (
converted from 5.25” bay) / 6 Hidden
||USB 3.0 X2, USB
2.0 x 2, e-SATA x1,Audio x 1, Mic x 1
||Front: 200 mm
red LED fan x 1, 700RPM,19dBA (can be swapped for two 120mm
Top: 200 mm black fan x 1,700RPM,19dBA (can be swapped for two
Rear: 120 mm black fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
Side:120/140 mm fan x 1 (optional)
||Bottom –mounted /
ATX PS2 / EPS 12V
2.5"/3.5"- SATA HDD Drive Bay
||4 Hidden (two
converted from 3.5” bay)
||VGA Card length
:270.0mm (with HDD cage)
VGA Card Length :390.0mm (without HDD cage)
CPU cooler height:175.0mm
Cooling plus USB 3.0 Connections
The HAF 912 comes with a plethora of bays
that include a variety of pays for all sorts of devices from hard
drives, including 2.5" to 3.5", Blu-ray drives and lots more. There is
an adapter to transform the 5.25" bays to 3.5" should you require
additional bays for the smaller size and once again, the 3.5" bays can
be converted to 2.5" via the adapter which we used in our installation.
Nonetheless, the customisation options of the case is quite impressive.
Another interesting feature is that the 3.5" HDD bays can be turned for
90 degrees and even removed for those longer than long graphic cards.
Powerful Top 200mm Fan
The cable management system is first class
for the HAF 912 Advanced which not only gives additional room between
the side panel and the motherboard but lots of holes for re-routing your
cables. The inclusion of modular notches really assist with the cables
ties (included) to keep things clean in the case which would help with
the airflow as well. But for the overclockers, the ability to connect a
water cooled cooling device to the HAF 912 is mad... in a good way.
Installation of our motherboard, cards, cables and devices was quite
simplistic as opposed to some other cases that I've had the "pleasure"
of using. Because there is so much room in the case with the ability to
swap and change, I was not trying to fit my hand in where it shouldn't
go and the overall installation time was considerably cut back.
Stage 1 of the Installation - Power
all, there was plenty of room for those larger graphic cards and upon
installing it all, everything looked nice and neat. As mentioned, the
fans that come with the HAF 912 can be replaced and even connected to
your motherboard to monitor the fan or alternatively connect it straight
into the motherboard. As opposed to some other cases, everything is
nicely labelled in the system and I really enjoyed the locking mechanism
on the 5.25" bays that makes putting in DVD and Blu-ray drives a treat.
Stage 2 - Motherboard
We also like how the two front USB ports
are located at the front of the case on the top, with an audio jack,
reset switch and power button there as well. It's definitely the perfect
spot when the case is located on the floor. The side panelling of the
case comes with a sturdy plastic window that allows the user to look
inside their computer.
Convenience of front inputs
Innovative Locking System for 5.25"
Stage 3 - Hard Drives & Optical Drives
The only recommendation that I could
suggest when you install your items into the HAF 912 Advanced is that
you follow the instructions. The multilingual instructions are quite
easy to follow and they do assist in the process which in turn makes
things easier for the user. Did we have any problems while transferring
our components from our old case to the new case? We had no problems
whatsoever and thankfully the cables from the case to the motherboard
for Power Switch, Hard Drive Light etc were clearly labelled and easily
fitted onto the motherboard. This was the same for our front USB
connections, including the front e-Sata input. It's also great that the
fans supplied by Cooler Master are relatively quiet that run at 1,700
RPM at 19dBA. The smaller fan is a little quieter that runs at 1,200 RPM
at only 17 dBA.
Stage 4 - Completed Product
For a recommended retail price of only
$139, the HAF 912 Advanced is a very affordable and versatile case that
offers gamers and overclockers a great option at getting the maximum out
of their PC. With the ability to easily add a variety of cooling options
plus the capacity to easily link graphic cards together, Cooler Master
have certainly set the bar high for its competitors. This case offers
the user a considerable amount of customisation, whether it's installing
larger graphic cards, additional fans or liquid cooling radiators, it
does it all. As a basic case, it contains full functionality out of the
box and would happily recommend this to all hardcover gamers and