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Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Review

The Cooler Master HAF range’s design has remained relatively consistent over time, yet it has developed with the times and with each iteration.

It is one of the case series that has defined the format of our desktop PCs for years and continues to do so with its commitment to massive cooling capacity, a perfect system for powerful housing computers with complex custom cooling systems, and with those aesthetic elements that modders have been introducing over the years and that we now want to enjoy also in standard mounts with no more complication than using a simple screwdriver.

However, the Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO review, which is part of this new generation, is far from the earlier versions, which were extremely popular due to their low price and advanced functional setup. This series we’re showing you today is exclusive, with very advanced functions, making it a one-of-a-kind box in its category and one of the most costly in this format on the market.

Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Full Specifications

  • Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX, SSI-CEB, SSI-EEB
  • Materials: SECC Steel, ABS plastic, and tempered glass
  • Front Ports: 4 x USB 3.0 Tipo A + 1x USB-C Gen2 2×1 + minijack audio/micro.
  • Dust filters
  • 12 x 3.5″ bays (combined)
  • 12 x 2.5″ bays (combined).
  • Tool-less opening tempered glass side panel
  • ARGB + PWM controller for up to 7 fans and 5 ARGB2 devices
  • LCD assistant circular front screen controlled from Windows via internal USB
  • Support for maximum 490mm graphics
  • Support for 166mm high heatsinks
  • Support for ATX sources up to 200mm
  • Includes 2 front 200mm fans.
  • Includes 2 rear 120mm fans.
  • Includes 1 120mm floor fan.
  • Fan support
    Techo: 2x 200mm, 3x 140mm, 6x 120mm
    Frontal: 2x 200mm, 3x 140mm
    Rear: 2x 120mm
    Floor: 3x 120mm, 3x 140mm
    Side mount: 4x 120mm, 3x 140mm
  • Supports 240 and 280mm radiators.
    Techo: 2x 360mm, 1x 420mm
    Frontal: 420mm, 360mm
    Rear: 240mm
    Floor: 420mm, 360mm
    Lateral: 480mm, 420mm
  • 8 expansion slots in a vertical position, 1 vertical bracket with PCI Express 4.0 riser
  • Weight of 24Kg empty
  • Measurements: 666 x 291 x 626mm
  • Price: $550

Design (Computer Case)

The case’s design is pretty similar to past HAF models, with its typical lower legs allowing for more excellent ventilation and fronts that haven’t had an expansion bay in quite some time. The emphasis on powerful cooling remains, as does the need to restrict the usage of tools to a minimum. These are the range’s cornerstones, and Cooler Master hasn’t overlooked them.

The designs are familiar, but Cooler Master has added those welcoming tempered glass panels on the access side and a second rear panel with mirror mode to improve the lighting system of the integrated front fans.

The front grille is likewise lit in all of its columns, which are also composed of tempered glass as light diffusers and provide access to a changeable filter and an LCD panel embedded in the front that displays system information connected to the Cooler Master’s MasterPlus+ app.

Storage

The Cooler Master HAF series was one of the most potent storage hubs we could have in the form of a home desktop PC chassis from the start. This generation’s interior is relatively open and cooling-oriented, with remarkable storage capacity.

Thanks to various types of bays and anchoring mechanisms, it can support up to 12 storage units, whether 3.5″ or 2.5″ units. It has four tool-less mounting bays with sliding trays for 3.5/2.5-inch drives and a shock-absorbing mechanism to reduce drive vibrations.

Cooling and Lighting

As standard, five fans of various sizes are incorporated, each with an ARGB lighting system. We should use the box’s full assembly potential. Cooler Master does this by combining two integrated controllers, one of which is a controller and the other is a hub.

Up to seven PWM fans and five ARGB 2 connectors can be connected to the hub. That hub connects with the controller, which is likewise built into the rear of the case and includes three ARGB 2.0 connections compatible with any device that supports this technology and USB connectivity for controlling the fans using Cooler Master’s MasterPlus+ software.

Conclusion

Cooler Master’s HAF 700 EVO is the most excellent box we’ve ever handled. It combines a surprising storage capacity in these times with the best configurations and cooling options we’ve seen in a long time, as well as complex control elements like its port multiplier or integrated controller, which allows us to centralize the monitoring and control of all system fans, as well as the RGB lighting, in a single point, from Windows, without ignoring the intelligent management of our motherboard.

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