Cooler Masters’s latest offering from the High-Air-Flow (HAF) line of PC cases is finally here after much waiting. The HAF 912 is the lowest end model of the series with budget users in mind, and as such many features are lacking compared to the high-end models- to be expected.
The 912 Plus is set to be the smallest of the series, but with High Air Flow (HAF) still a principal objective. The current cases within the HAF series are rather large enclosures so Cooler Master hopes to equip those wanting a smaller setup, but with the same benefits of the HAF lineup. Excellent cooling, brilliant functionality, and rugged military looks.
Cooler Master adds another new member to the HAF series, the 912 Plus. To carry the mission of providing the best thermal solutions, HAF 912 Plus supports two 120mm for external radiators and high-end CPU coolers. Furthermore, the spacious interior accommodates two 200mm fans and two 120mm fans for better and superior airflow yet, enough to fit 12 devices and high-end GPUs such as Radeon HD5970 and Nvidia GTX 480.
HAF 912 Plus features rugged looks, massive air cooling, and a trademark interior that signifies performance and makes it a killer machine. I have reviewed this product below, let’s have a look!
Cooler Master HAF 912 Introduction
The Cooler Master HAF 912 is a case in which enthusiasts can find a large number of features at a low price point. The HAF 912 supports 1.8”, 2.5”, 3.5”, and 5.25” drives along with its plethora of cooling options. The case is also great for cable management and can even support large graphics cards. This case is certainly a great starter case that can allow you to easily upgrade parts in the future. Read on further to get a better look.
HAF 912 Advanced is built in an aggressive design and stylish interior black coating. The compact interior is able to accommodate 12 devices. It supports long graphics cards including ATI Radeon HD 5970 and NVIDIA Geforce GTX 480. Its superior cooling performance supports up to two 200 mm and two 120 mm fans. Front 200mm fan with brilliant Red LED provides the best airflow to HDDs and removable 3.5 inches HDD cage provides enthusiasts more convenient installation. It has customized neat cable management. Front I/O includes Internal USB 3.0 for easy access
- Supports two 120mm radiator fans
- Front I/O for easy access
- Top platform for personal belongings
- CPU Retaining hole
- Water Cooling outlets
- Backup screw holder
- 7+1 slots for increased expandability
- Two 3.5″ or 2.5″ / 1.8″ HDD/SSDs
- Supports high-end graphics cards like ATI HD 5970 and Nvidia GeForce GTX.
- Removable dust filters on the bottom and front cover
The Cooler Master HAF 912 comes packed in a plain brown box with blank ink used for printing. Cooler Master’s reason behind this is to keep the cost of the case down by reducing the amount used on visual aesthetics.
The Cooler Master HAF 912 is packaged in a plain brown cardboard box with black printing of the Cooler Master logo, a picture of the case, specifications, and features, as well as some attractive designs on the front that improve the look of the plain brown cardboard.
The side of the box covers the specifications of the case. The case is protected by a thick plastic bag and secured by two pieces of hard foam.
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 NVIDIA. However, the goal of the HAF 912 is simple, ensure the best possible cooling and airflow inside the case to maximize your PC experience without the pesky proverbial spanner in the works overheating.
From water cooling outlets to removable dust filters and even various sized hard drive adapters, Cooler master has definitely thought outside the square when it came to the design of this case.
The Cooler Master HAF 912 will be installed with the components below:
- AMD Phenom II 555 X2 BE
- MSI 870A Fuzion motherboard
- Dynatron Genius G950 CPU cooler
- 2x2Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3-1600
- XFX 9600GSO 768M
- 500Gb Seagate 7200.10
- Sony Optiarc 24x DVD+/-RW
- Ultra X3 800W PSU
The only issue I ran into was with the power supply installation. The Ultra X3 800 is 7.5″ (190mm) in length, certainly not the longest power supply we’ve tested but admittedly longer than most standard ATX class units.
With the modular connections on the back of the unit, there was interference with the 2.5″ drive cage. Once the cage was removed the power supply fit with no further problem.
Installing your rig into the small HAF 912 is aided by the amazing wire management locations along with a generous amount of room behind the motherboard tray. Installing the hard drives with the tool-less bay guides was simple and very quick. With everything packed in the cooling performance was more than adequate, although I would have preferred to have had a fan to help blow the hot air out of the top.
When compared to other cases in this price range and size, the performance of the HAF 912 would be considered above average. And with only two 120mm fans running the noise level is more than good enough considering the open-air design.
To Sum Up
The 912 Plus has a great feature-set – it will take long graphics cards, tall CPU coolers and allow you to get at the backplate on a multitude of socket types. There is the ability to customise exactly how you want to setup the hard drives within the chassis and then an excellence in cooling potential. You might have already guessed that I believe this case is a commendation to the HAF lineup, and you’d be right in thinking so.
This is an extremely nice mid-tower. At $60 this case is very affordable. Plus, the case has features that you wouldn’t expect at $60. The added width of the case allows for larger CPU coolers, as well as space behind the motherboard for wire management. The included 2.5 inch SSD bay was unexpected and perfect for switching over to using an SSD.
It would be extremely difficult if not impossible to find a better case at this price range. It really lives up to its name.