Answering that last question, all I can come up with is a resounding Yes! - I don't even have the fully functional version of the HAF-X and I for one am already sold. Keeping with the cooling power that we all loved from the earlier HAF cases and beefing things up even more and at near silent levels is a huge "win" for me. It's black all over and I am a sucker for black. The case was and is a breeze to install, assemble and maintain with all the tool-lees features and a well thought out front ventilation system. Honestly, every image I go back over, I can't see where they went wrong.
Cooling was beefed up for obvious reasons, such as NVIDIA's Fermi releases. Things like the VGA support and fan combination not only keep heavy cards in line, but offers cooling near the SLI bridge area of the GPU's. On top of that, Cooler Master made a slick shroud to keep air going to the top three cards of a 4-way SLI stack. Now, Cooler Master recommends that a fan of around 150 CFM be used to offset the lack of air. If you are stacking your cards four high, I can understand this. For my single GPU purposes and the fan I chose still offered a seven degree drop of my idle temperature and a five degree drop at load. With more cards and more CFM in your fan choice I can see how this shroud can help make the overclock versus them stewing in their own juices.
Now, let's answer the rest of the pertinent questions. Does the HAF-X have appeal? Yes, yes it does! Does it look better and offer more than the two predecessors? It certainly does! Are all the additions, new paint job and bigger window enough to make it worth the $70 over the 932? Absolutely in my mind! What the HAF-X brings to the table is top notch. While I don't see myself getting rid of my 800D for this, at least not quite yet, even at today's pricing the HAF-X 942 offers almost all of the appeal of the Obsidian, plus some innovative concepts on top.
There are some things I would have liked to have seen, such as a couple black SATA cables for the hot swap PCB and maybe a cover for it to clean things up. To be really honest, though, for the $199.99 MSRP I think the HAF-X is worth every penny. Keep your eyes peeled to your favorite e-tailers, as June is just around the corner.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Cooler Master HAF-X RC-942-KKN1 Full Tower Case]
- Page 5 [Inside the Cooler Master HAF-X RC-942-KKN1 Full Tower Case]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]