A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

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A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

Meet the Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO

Cooler Master's HAF series has a long and storied legacy, for long-time PC enthusiasts, the HAF series is legendary, bringing about many of the innovations that are seen as PC building mainstays today. The Cooler Master HAF was the first case to offer PC builders a CPU cut-out area in its motherboard tray, and it was a case that highlighted "High Air Flow" (HAF) as a critical factor for high performance PCs.

Today, Cooler Master is launching a case that the company has called "the pinnacle of Cooler Master's HAF Legacy", a high-end PC enclosure that promises to deliver the "ultimate DIY building experience". Meet the HAF 700 EVO, Cooler Master's latest flagship. 

Cosmos Scale with HAF Design

Let's make one thing clear before we start. The HAF 700 EVO is MASSIVE. This case measures in at 666 x 291 x 626 mm. The HAF 700 EVO will dominate any desk it is placed on and makes standard ATX motherboards almost look comically small.

In terms of scale, the HAF 700 EVO is like Cooler Master's Cosmos series, offering PC builders a massive scale that can support large liquid cooling setups, loads of HDD/SSDs, large graphics cards, and a huge number of fans. Inside the HAF 700, Cooler Master's included 200mm fans look small, almost like 140mm fans in most other PC cases. This case is huge, and that's because this case is for PC builders with equally huge ambitions.

FineMesh V2

 With the HAF 700 EVO, Cooler Master is introducing FineMesh V2, a new hexegon-shaped dust filter design that is optimised for airflow while retaining its dust filtering effect. This new material helps to ensure high levels of airflow without allowing huge amounts of dust to build up in the HAF 700 EVO. While this is a small change to Cooler Master's overall design, it is small changes like this that help to ensure that the HAF lives up to its "High Air Flow" name. 

A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

New Software, and Features

On the front of Cooler Master's new HAF 700 EVO is the company's new IRIS LCD assistant, which can be used to display a logo on your system, monitor your fan speeds, CPU/GPU thermals, act as a system clock, or as another screen. This display can be controlled using Cooler Master's MasterPLUS+ software, which can also be used to control the HAF 700 EVO's RGB lighting. 

Alternatively, HAF 700 EVO users can control their RGB lighting using other software suites, however, Cooler Master's IRIS screen can only be customised using Cooler Master's MasterPlus+ software. 

  
A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

Insane Radiator/Fan Support

Cooler Master's HAF 700 EVO supports a huge number of fans and liquid cooling radiators out of the box. On the top of the HAF 700 EVO us support for two thick 360mm radiators, Beyond that, these top radiator mounts have space for push/pull fan setups or thicker than normal (thicker than 25mm) fans. That alone is insane. A 420mm (3x140mm) radiator can be installed at the top of the HAF 700 EVO, but this eliminates support for a second radiator. 2x360mm radiator support is better than a single 420m radiator. 

On the front and bottom of the HAF 700 EVO is support for up to 420mm liquid cooling radiators and on the side there is support for up to one 480mm radiator (4x120mm) or a 420mm (3x140mm) radiator. On the rear of the case is support for up to a 240mm (2x120mm) radiator. If that isn't enough radiator space for you, you should probably start building something custom, because it doesn't get bigger than this.   

A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

Specs and Pricing

In the UK, Cooler Master has confirmed that their HAF 700 EVO will cost £449.99. While this is a lot of money, it is worth noting that a case of this size will be expensive to build and expensive to ship globally, especially after you consider this case's pre-installed add-ons. This case uses a lot of steel, tempered glass, and RGB components, none of which is cheap. For a premium product, consumers should expect to play a premium price. 

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15-02-2022, 16:11:29

Greenback
Having built my first custom loop in the Haf-x which now resides in it's box in the cellar, I like this, though I think because of it's size it would be wasted as just a pure air cooled caseQuote

18-02-2022, 04:29:56

Tom Sunday
The pricing is big as well. Perhaps a slight matter of 2022 inflation? Curious about once many more in-depth reviews on this new enclosure develop. Off the cuff: "The case for me looks a little bombastic and unrefined especially from the front!" I have on the other hand always been a 'distant admirer' of the more conservative and sophisticated $900 Phantec Enthoo Elite. But wonder if the HAF 700 sports the same no-holds-barred glory of the Enthoo Elite with its thick luxurious and custom engineered all aluminum fixings like it's fantastic door hinge mechanisms? And all the other extras including the special shipping case Phantec provides. There is also still the remaining question if super-sized and heavy PC enclosures like this are still wanted. Bottom-line: For me my initial impression is that the HAF 700 is not even remotely close to the Enthoo Elite in quality and what Cooler Master should have offered with any of their cases in excess of $600-$800!Quote

27-02-2022, 20:50:40

Deadtroopers
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Originally Posted by Tom Sunday View Post
For me my initial impression is that the HAF 700 is not even remotely close to the Enthoo Elite in quality and what Cooler Master should have offered with any of their cases in excess of $600-$800!

This HAF is half the price of the Enthoo Elite though. It probably wants to be around £300 - £350, but it seems matching in quality from what I can see to the Cosmos II sitting next to me and better than the C700P and M that came out a few years ago. The trim on those has fitting issues. The Enthoo Elite I can't disagree with you about and the budget allows, so when I've rearrange my space so I can actually move around without tripping over or being crowded out, one is likely to find its' way into my grubby little hands.



Treet yourself: you only live once and you should do it to the max. Quote

27-02-2022, 22:06:54

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Deadtroopers View Post
This HAF is half the price of the Enthoo Elite though. It probably wants to be around £300 - £350, but it seems matching in quality from what I can see to the Cosmos II sitting next to me and better than the C700P and M that came out a few years ago. The trim on those has fitting issues. The Enthoo Elite I can't disagree with you about and the budget allows, so when I've rearrange my space so I can actually move around without tripping over or being crowded out, one is likely to find its' way into my grubby little hands.



Treet yourself: you only live once and you should do it to the max.
nooo dont do that, you will end up with the 1000D like me. I think i have finally decided to downgrade and shrink to something that fits on my desk, not something that I can fit into.Quote
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