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Pros: Great design.
Roomy for a mid tower. My R7 260X video card fits in it perfectly but if I upgrade to a larger card later I can just remove the middle HDD cage and that will free up more room for a larger card.
Lots of airflow in the case.
It has a lot of space for fans, and supports water cooling options.
The HDD cages give you some options. You can mount the middle cage side to side, or front to back. Or you could just remove it. Also the small 2.5" drive rack can be mounted on the case floor or if you remove the middle cage you can mount it ontop of the bottom cage.
Has a +1 vertical PCI expansion slot in the back, which is perfect for things like eSata or USB brackets.
First case i've seen that has rails for mounting HDDs and I like it. Just attach the rails on the side of the drive and slide into the frame. No screws needed. To remove: just squeeze the ends of the rails and slide out.
Cons: Before I list my "cons" for this case I want to say that none of them are really deal breakers for me, but might be for someone else, and they don't lower my overall satisfaction with this case enough to warrant a lowered rating.
-HDD and Reset LED's are red and bright. Maybe too bright. Instead of small round lights they are half inch long rectangles. More surface area = more noticeable light. I prefer to sleep in a very dark room and it's a little distracting. This might also bother some purists who prefer more subtle lights on their cases.
-Wish the front panel had more suitable room for case badges. The 6 plastic parts that extend out into the mesh fan coverings are ok for smaller case badges, but dont fit larger ones so I had to stick them directly onto the mesh between the extended parts.
-Putting the face plate back on after installing my drives was a little rough. It was a very tight fit.
-It's 2014 and this doesn't come with eSata or USB 3 support even though most MoBo's now have these things standard. Too bad CM hasn't bothered updating their standard design for the 912 and the Advanced model doesn't seem to be available anymore. It's not a total loss though since 5.25" card readers with eSata and USB 3 are very common and affordable.
Other Thoughts: For those who like to deck out the inside of their cases with LED and show off their mad cable routing skills this case DOES NOT come with a see through acrylic side panel. CM DOES sell one on their site though, so you do have the option to get that if you have your eyes on this case. I know I might eventually buy the side panel but it's not a big thing for me right now.
The "shelf" design looked a little weird to me at first. It does have it's uses though. It's actually the perfect spot for my external hard drive.
Airflow over my previous case is a huge step up. I kept the rear fan where it is but removed the front fan. Installed my 2 Zigmatek CLF purple LED 120mm fans in the front for intake. Set up the fan from the front as "Pull" on my CM Hyper 212 EVO (airflow front to back). And currently there are no fans in the top or side spots. This setup easily kept the temps under control while stress testing with Prime 95.
Initially I wanted a different case but I realized that the 2 I had my eye on were too big for the tower slot on my desk. So I had to refine my search to a Mid tower case. In the end the design of the CM HAF 912 is what won me over. This thing offers superior airflow and enough room inside to accommodate almost anything you can put inside of it. My experiences with it so far show me just why this thing has so many positive reviews.
Pros: Not a bad cooler (if you can get it on sale)
Will fit in some cases where a larger, superior cooler can't fit *cough* 212 EVO *cough*
6 year warranty
Cons: 1) Only multi directional mounting for Intel builds.
AMD builds are pretty much constricted to mounting the cooler vertically, so that means airflow either up or down. If you have a case that does NOT have vents or fans on the top and an AMD MoBo this might not be the best cooler for you.
2) Ridiculous fan. They used a proprietary fan on it, which basically means that you cannot replace it with any other, possibly better, fan. Sure if it goes they might replace it without a problem, or you could actually buy one (they sell those ones on Newegg, and Artic makes them. Go Figure). I'd rather not buy a spare one of these fans though in the off chance that I might need it one day, when this fan randomly dies. That's a waste of money to me.
Other Thoughts: Artic really needs to come up with a better mounting solution for AMD boards. Not all cases allow for airlfow out of the top of the case, and not being able to mount it horizontally is a waste since more of the heat stays inside the case.
If I didn't get it on sale (sub 20) I wouldn't have bought it. It does work, but it could be better. I'd feel better about it if the "multi-directional mounting" wasn't a half-truth. The product specs forget to mention that it's not multi-directional on AMD boards.
I don't like the fact that the fan is proprietary. You have to go through Artic for a replacement. That also means no fancy LED fans either.
Doesn't compare to a CM Hyper 212 EVO. The EVO is actually cheaper, but it is a lot bigger. Also the EVO is fully multi-directional across both AMD and Intel platforms, and it has a 120mm fan which can be easily changed with ANY 120mm fan. And you can also mount a 2nd fan on it for a push-pull configuration.
The only real advantage the Artic Freezer 7 Pro has over the EVO is the fact that it can fit in some cases the EVO cannot.
Pros: Has external ports for eSata, USB 2 and USB 3.
It was on sale CHEAP and fit my budget.
Seems to actually have been made fairly well.
Light. VERY light case.
Plenty of space inside.
Side panels are held on by thumbscrews.
The motherboard back plate has some nice holes along the side and bottom for wire routing.
It WILL fit a CM Hyper 212 EVO
Cons: Not enough space for fans, so probably not the best bet for a system that requires a lot of fans for high airflow. 1 up front and 1 in the rear.
The fans it comes with are not the best. Replace them asap.
Front fan is smoked colored with a Green LED, while the rear fan is just green. No LED. Whats the point in having a huge side window if you're not going to have the rear fan with a standard LED? Just can't see anything inside without it.
Also the tool-less drive bays didn't work for me. The green clamps just didn't secure my DVD drive well enough. But then again isn't this pretty much the case with almost every case featuring these tool less clamps? I just removed the clamp and used screws so it wasn't enough to deduct any eggs or anything.
Getting the motherboard i/o plate in was a little tough.
Dealing with the retention plate for the rear expansion bays is awkward. The metal there was cut and rolled up (this also caused the above motherboard plate issue) and is actually pretty rough. I got scratched up a little bit on the edges of it. On top of that the cover clips on over the top and bottom edges and makes it kind of awkward when you're trying to screw everything in.
Other Thoughts: I bought this case a couple of weeks ago and it was on sale for Thirty five and had a ten dollar rebate with it. I was looking for a second case to throw some spare parts into to put a PC together for someone. Orginally I was going to by myself a new case and throw the parts into my old case but this one popped up on sale and I just happened to have the cash on hand so I bought it.
This is one purchase I certainly couldn't regret, though I could recommend at least 1 improvement in the design like being able to mount fans in the top of the case. That would have been nice and would go a long way to increase airflow inside this case.
It has everything I needed. USB 2 and 3 ports, and eSata on the case. Also the black and green design will appeal to people who loves the color green, which suits the person I am giving this case to.
I've seen some reviews on here saying that the case is poorly made. I have to disagree. It is very light, but the quality of it is just fine. It's not the densest, heaviest case you will find but as long as you're not gonna play destruction derby with it it should be fine. The plastic front panel isn't so bad either. It seems to look cheaper than it actually is.
I've worked with a few PC cases before and this one was actually a joy to work with (aside from being scratched up a little bit). The quality of the materials made the case very light (about 6.5 lbs) without making it feel too flimsy. It made it very easy to move and rotate as needed. I'm used to working with much heavier cases (My personal PC case weighs about 35 lbs).
The power supply is mounted on the bottom and the case is pretty roomy. It was very easy to route all my cables exactly where I wanted them to go and everything fit so well.
I tested it to see if it fit a 212 EVO, though I currently have a Artic Freezer 7 Pro in there. Just a heads up: If you're looking do an an AMD build with this case the AF7P is not the best choice. AF7P can only mount with fan vertical on an AMD board and the case has no vents or fans on the top so hot air can't escape so easily.
In general I do really like this case. It held up ok for a week until the replacement fans I ordered came in, and it looks pretty slick lit up with Green LEDs from the front and back.
I'd recommend this case.