HAF 915F mini-ITX System
Now we are going to look at the Cooler Master HAF 915F case which is also designed to mount a mini-ITX motherboard.
Again, the motherboard mounts on top of four brass stand-offs and is secured with machine screws. You can see the rear 120mm exhaust fan that comes pre-installed in the 915F in the photo above.
Note: Because the PSU has been relocated to the front of the HAF 915F enclosure, there is plenty of room to install a large tower-style cooler (up to 170mm / 6.7” tall) like Cooler Master’s very popular Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler.
And if you would like to water-cool your CPU, the HAF 915F case can easily accommodate a 120mm fan/radiator combo on the rear panel.
ATX Power Supply
One of the big differences between the HAF 915R and HAF 915F mini-ITX enclosures is where the PSU mounts. In the HAF 915R, the power supply was mounted in the back but in the HAF 915F the PSU mounts behind the front bezel. The 915F includes a special power cord that delivers AC line power from a receptacle mounted on the back panel to the PSU up front.
The HAF 915 case is designed to mount a full-sized ATX power supply of your choice. The PSU sits on four rubber pads and is secured to the front panel behind the bezel with four screws.
The Cooler Master HAF 915F case can also accommodate a dual slot VGA card with ease.
Another big difference between the HAF 915R and the 915F case is how 3.5”/2.5” HDD/SSDs are mounted. The HAF 915F enclosure features one external 5.25” bay (see photo above) but does not have a 3.5” drive cage like the 915R. Instead, the HAF 915F case provides two mounting locations for 3.5”/2.5” HDD/SSDs. Both locations are in the middle of the chassis, one on the floor and the other on the right side wall bracket.
To mount a 3.5” HDD or 2.5” SSD, you first install four shoulder screws through rubber grommets into each drive. The drive assembly then slides into elongated holes in the mounting locations. While functional, the 915F drive mounts are not as secure/robust as the mounting options provided in the HAF 935 mid-section and HAF 915R enclosre.
3.5” HDD and 2.5” SSD Installed in HAF 915F