A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

Cooling Performance

A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

Cooling Performance  

Thermal performance is an essential factor for any PC case. Your system may look fantastic and seem silent from the outside, but all of that is for nought if your PC has the internal temperature of an oven. Your PC case needs enough airflow for your components to remain cool under load and to prevent any form of thermal throttling. For our test, we used the following hardware using fixed fan speeds (so that only the case and its included fans can influence thermal performance).

NZXT H510 Flow
Intel i9-9700K @4.8GHz at 1.2V
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming @ 100% Current Capacity/ LL lvl16
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition @ 9V via Fan Speed Reducer
Nvidia GTX 980 Reference @ 60% Fixed Fan Speed
Corsair LP Vengiance LP (Grey) @ 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD
Corsair RM550X Power Supply


The graph below showcases Delta temperatures with a controlled ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

1000 RPM

At 1000 RPM fan speeds, the HAF 700 EVO is one of the best performing cases that we have tested, at stock it provided users with plenty of airflow and at 1000 RPM the case remains quiet. 1,000 RPM is the max speed of Cooler Master's front-mounted 200mm intake fans.    

A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review  
A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review

600 RPM

Our 600 RPM fan tests are designed to separate the best cases from the airflow starved. If you case performs well at low fan speeds, it will run even better at higher fan speeds. If our components struggle to stay cool at low fan speeds, hotter hardware may struggle to stay cool at higher fan speeds. It's that simple. If your case does well at 600 RPM, you will be able to build a quiet PC while maintaining solid thermals. 

With the HAF 700 EVO, Cooler Master has delivered some of the best thermals that we have seen using our test PC, with only Fractal's Torrent managing to best Cooler Master's newest HAF. This is a great showing from Cooler Master, especially after we consider that we are using this case in its stock configuration. We aren't using all of this case's top fan mounts or most of its bottom mounted fan mounting locations. This case can do better, whereas the Fractal Torrent is already kitted out with a complete allotment of cooling fans.   

A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review  
A Proper HAF - Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO Case Review  

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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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