Date: December 24th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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Cooler Master certainly doesn't cut any corners with the carton. It's heavy cardboard with glossy, high-quality graphics depicting the case as well as its specifications and features. On its long journey to the Tweaknews lab the carton took some abuse, evidenced by some dents and scuffs but…
…the case arrived in pristine condition, thanks in large part to the packing materials. Cooler Master uses the tried-and-true packing solution with the case being wrapped in a heavy plastic bag and sandwiched between two Styrofoam blocks. It obviously works.
Cooler Master includes an installation guide, USB cables, installation hardware and zip ties along with an auxiliary power extension cable, case wheels and a graphics card bracket with the case. As we proceed, we'll be going over these, as well as the other interesting features integrated into the HAF X, in more detail later.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Being a full-tower chassis, one expects the HAF X to be big but the width of the case belies its substantial height. In short, it looks just right, rather than a standard case with a few inches tacked on to the top. The right side panel has some stamped areas for extra room behind the motherboard tray, promising easy cable management. The front panel has what appear to be six 5.25-inch bays, but only four of these are suitable for optical drives or similar sized devices. We'll discuss the other two a bit later.