Cooler Master’s HAF 700 Berserker Case Hands-On: Huge, With Lots of Cooling and Customization Options

Cooler Master has given us the opportunity to take a look at their HAF 700 case, and this thing looks pretty awesome! It’s huge, but huge doesn’t always mean good, so let’s get into it to see how this case performs. See below for the full review of the Cooler Master HAF 700 from Hardware Asylum!

This gaming case from Cooler Master has some of the most impressive specs we’ve seen so far this year, as it can hold up to five 5.25 external drives and up to nine 3.5 internal hard drives, as well as a dual 420 mm radiator in the front and top of the case.

For those looking to build a truly unique, powerful gaming system, Cooler Master’s HAF 700 Berserker case may be just what you’re looking for. Big, heavy, and imposing, the HAF 700 is not one of the small, sleek cases that are growing in popularity lately. If you want something that will stand out and make an impression on your friends, the HAF 700 fits that bill perfectly. Read on for our hands-on review of the Cooler Master HAF 700!

A First Look at Cooler Master’s HAF 8 Berserker Case

Cooler Master’s latest high-end gaming chassis, the HAF 8, has just been announced in the US, with an MSRP of $159.99. The HAF 8 sports some minor updates to its styling and build quality over the previous iteration of Cooler Master’s iconic gaming case, but its real claim to fame is that it will be the first mass-market gaming case to feature front mesh panels made from sound-dampening material! Let’s take a closer look…

Today, Cooler Master released their newest line of computer cases. Designed with gamers in mind, the new HAF 8 series has the most advanced chassis Cooler Master has ever been made, and we were lucky enough to get an early look at one of these cases. Here’s our first look at the Cooler Master HAF 8 Berserker Case!

Cooler Master’s HAF 8 case has been around for quite some time since it was first announced in 2014, but the new HAF 700 series cases have been revealed recently, offering all the features that we saw with the 800 series and then some. Now Cooler Master has taken the HAF 8 series cases and revamped them into what they are calling the HAF 700 series.

A Closer Look

The HAF 700 is a big case. It’s designed to fit full tower ATX motherboards with plenty of room for all your components. If you need something more than that you can also choose the Extended ATX model which offers support for both ATX and Extended ATX form factors. There are three large 140mm fans at the front, an 80mm fan in the rear, two 120mm fans on top and another 120mm fan on the bottom front panel where you will also find your two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks.

The Airflow Diagram

The front panel has the power and reset buttons at the top. These have a relatively low profile which is nice as it doesn’t get in the way when you have something like a high end graphics card installed. The lower half of this panel has five 5.25 drive bays that can be removed with a single screw each. There are also two 3.5 external drive bays mounted to this panel that can be used for things like SSDs or CD/DVD drives instead.

The Back Panel and Motherboard Tray

The back panel is particularly interesting. On the top there are four 120mm exhaust fans (two of which come installed) with a vent above them for routing cable through to the motherboard tray. There are also two 140mm fans on the side panels (each comes preinstalled) as well as another two 120mm exhaust fans on the floor that come preinstalled. The HDD cages can house up to six 3.5 drives or up to four 2.5 drives; in our test system we used both configurations.

The Design and Specifications

The HAF 700 is a full tower chassis, with dimensions measuring 26.5 x 9.8 x 23.4 inches (W x D x H) and weighing in at about 27 pounds without any hardware inside. It has a steel construction with four hard rubber feet on the bottom to prevent slipping during operation as well as two noise dampening panels on the sides for decreasing fan noise output. On the left side there are two USB 2.0 ports, an audio jack and a firewire port; there are also front panel jacks that can be used for microphone or headphone connections. The top panel is fitted with ventilation holes for allowing air to flow through when it needs to cool down after heavy use; you can also remove this panel if you want to access the mainboard more easily.

What Makes This Different?

The HAF 700 is a monstrous case with plenty of room for customization. It has the ability to accommodate GPUs up to 390 mm in length and CPU coolers up to 175mm tall. Plus it features nine fans, including two 200mm front intake fans that are designed to provide a massive amount of airflow for your high-performance components.

Who Is This For?

If you’re looking for a custom case that can hold up to six 140mm fans or three 200mm fans (or any combination thereof), the Cooler Master HAF 700 is a great choice. The case can also accommodate dual radiators in the front, top, or rear. There are plenty of cooling options to choose from so this case will work well with most builds. It’s also large enough to hold just about anything you could want including a full ATX motherboard.

Final Thoughts

The HAF 700 is a big case with lots of cooling and customization options. If you are looking for something big to fit all your needs, the HAF may be for you. It also has space for large coolers that many cases cannot accommodate. However, it does not seem like the most functional or user-friendly design. We found that getting the right angle on this case was difficult, and some panels could have been easier to open up. When trying to install hardware we found it more difficult because there were too many nooks and crannies in which cables could get snagged on. Nevertheless, if you need a roomy chassis with plenty of fan configurations and mounting points, this would make an excellent choice.

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