With the packaging removed, there's no doubt that we are dealing with a HAF chassis here. All the earmarks are there, from the military/industrial look to the extensive use of mesh in the design, this is easily recognized as a HAF case, albeit a bit smaller that the full-size models. Four big bays all feature meshed, filtered covers with one sporting a floppy bay adapter.
Up top, the 912 has a tray for personal items backed up by a large vented, but unpopulated fan placement that will support up to two 120mm fans or a single 200mm fan. A dual 120mm radiator and fans can be externally here as well. The right side panel is flat, plain and unremarkable.
Front panel I/O is rather conventional with two USB 2.0 ports, audio jacks and reset and power buttons flanking the red power and HDD activity LEDs. While not as full-featured as most other HAF offerings, this is as good or better front panel support than other case offerings in this price range.
The left side panel features some relieved areas and the familiar “HAF” graphic to provide some visual interest. A ventilated fan placement here will support either a 120 or 140mm fan, but no fan is provided, and this panel is secured with a pair of thumbscrews. The other panel will require a screwdriver to remove. Around back, the 912 has a relatively conventional layout with a 120mm exhaust fan near the top, three grommetted holes to support watercooling tubing and wiring for the optional top-mounted radiator. Seven expansion slots feature replaceable covers and an extra vertical slot provides a spot for bracketed devices that don't require a mobo slot. The PSU opening lives at the bottom of the chassis and allows users to orient the power supply in either direction. As you can see, Cooler Master doesn't incorporate a black finish to the rear, interior or bottom of the HAF 912, presumably to cut costs.