Testing cases is another one of those odd "benchmarks", as the main test of any case, is what features it has, and whether its cooling options are quiet. The features are detailed in the look at the case itself, but individual ones will be looked into during the testing to highlight any problems or particularly innovations we liked.
The areas in which we take a detailed look at are: strength, cooling & noise, installation and pricing as we feel these are the most important factors in determining the effectiveness of a system enclosure.
For a little chassis the HAF 912 is incredibly strong. All the panels only flex a very small ammount when any weight or pressure is applied them. It’ll protect your internals nicely and could easily absorb any impacts with ease.
When it comes down to cooling, the HAF 912 handles things pretty well. It has plenty of cooling at stock in the way of a front 20cm intake, and a rear 12cm exhaust. However there’s also plenty of potential for more.The side panel and roof allow for increased cooling in the way of WC or extra air intake/exhaust impellars so there’s plenty you can do to improve things.
Noise wise at stock anyway, you won’t have any problems. Even when things get a bit hot the front and rear fans don’t produce much noise at all. Silence enthusiasts wouldn’t be quite satisfied, but 99% of users will have no problem with their output.
Cable management is handled very well with rounded edges on all surfaces to prevent cable shearing and finger cutting. Along with this the many holes in the motherboard tray make custom routing your cables around the interior of the chassis very simple. There’s also plenty of space behind the mainboard tray allowing you keep the front area clear of clutter thereby improving airflow throughout the case.
There are no official numbers on this yet, but it looks like the case is going to be priced around the £50 mark which for what you’re getting is an absolute bargain.