Cooler Master HAF 700

Closer Look

The HAF 700 is a big and heavy case. Luckily, it is packaged extremely secure that it arrived without as much as a scratch. Measuring at 666 x 291 x 626 mm with the protrusion (556 x 279 x 540 mm without) and weighs close to 20 kg (19.60 kg to be exact), you would get a workout moving the HAF 700. The weigh is due to  steel material used along with a few plastic element (mainly for the front panel and the protrusion aesthetics). If I really want to complain about the HAF 700, then the size and the weight is definitely one of them. Granted, the size of the chassis means that there should be plenty of room inside for everything you want to throw in it as well as any cooling fans. Still, it would mean that you do need to have good amount of space next to your desk for the it. Good news is that the weight is concentrated to the bottom, so despite its size, it  firmly planted to the floor and it won’t tip over.

In addition to the HAF 700, we also get a  a very nice plastic toolbox that help us to keep all of screws neatly organized. Cooler Master even throws bunch of zip ties and also manual is included. Normally, a manual is not needed with a computer case but I do find it useful with the HAF 700 to get familiar with all of the various features that it can offer.

Unlike the HAF 700 EVO where the front of the chassis is adorned with the LED stripe and the customizable LCD, the front of the HAF 700 is your typical mesh, which may offer even better cooling than the HAF 700 EVO as it allows cool air pulls into the chassis via the two giant SickeFlow 200 ARGB PWM fans.  There is a good selection of ports where along the right side, we find  four USB 3.2 gen 1 ports and one USB 3.2 GEN 2 type C port.  On the left, we find the power button, a reset button, one 3.5 mm 4 pole audio jack, and one 3.5 mm mic jack.

The left side panel is covered almost entirely with glass. The glass is tinted and is slightly covered towards the top. The right side is all metal with two large areas, one near the front center and other near the rear bottom (close to the PSU) ventilation openings.

The top metal cover with a fine mesh insert that doubles as a lock for the side panel which can be removed by pulling toward backwards. Once it is removed, there is room for up to two 360 radiators.

The piece of plastic attached to the top of the side panel extends the height of the case slightly and its edge is bended inwards where in conjunction with the top panel, they keep the panels lock in place.

We can see that the metal side panel features two pieces of magnetic mesh dust cover over the two air vents on the side. The magnet attached to the mesh dust cover is fairly strong keeping them in place. However, I actually would prefer a single piece covering the entire side panel just make it easier to clean.

The rear of the case is pretty standard where we find the 8 expansion slot. One standing feature is the spring-loaded latching mechanism so no screw or tool is needed when adding a card.  To the left is where the power supply would sit. Again with the tool-less theme, the power supply screws are pre-attached to the case with two captive thumb screws, a neat feature that I like to see it trickles down to the more budget friendly chassis. We see two 120mm exhaust fan as well as a few more ventilation openings.

The underside of the HAF 700 features a removable dust filter. We can see that the feet lift the chassis pretty high (~1 feet) above the ground for cool air flow. Furthermore, we can see that there are pads on the feet to prevent scratching the surface.

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