As mentioned, Cooler Master packs a lot of features into its HAF XB. Due to its two-level design, the case accepts all modern tower-style coolers without worrying about height restrictions. Or, if you want, it'll take not just one 240 mm radiator, but also a second 120 mm radiator. The HAF XB also supports exceptionally long PSUs, offers hot-swapping for two hard drives, and features tool-less drive installation. Finally, carrying handles on the sides round out a very LAN party/tweaker-friendly feature set. Perhaps most surprising to us was that Cooler Master has this case selling for $90 on Newegg.
|Model Number||HAF XB|
|Type||Two-level Desktop Case (Stackable), Can Also Be Used As Test Bench|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||330x442x423 mm|
|Plastic (Front Cover, Carrying Handles On Sides)|
|Form Factor||ATX, MicroATX, Mini-ITX|
|Bays||2 x 5.25“ (External)|
|2 x 3.5“ (Internal, Hot-Swappable), Can Also Be Used for 2.5“|
|4 x 2.5“ (Internal)|
|Bundled Fans||2 x 120 mm Front, Upper Level (1800 RPM)|
|Optional Fans||1 x 120 mm Back, Upper Level|
|2 x 80 mm Back, Lower Level|
|1 x 200 mm Top|
|CPU Cooler||Up to 180 mm|
|Graphics Card||Up to 334 mm|
|Power Supply Unit (PSU)||Up to 180 mm (According to Manufacturer's Specifications)|
PSUs with a length of more than 200 mm can be used if the cables are squeezed in.
|Cable Management||The two-level design offers several options to cleanly put the cables in the upper level.|
|Price||App. $90 (Street Price)|
A familiar array of buttons and I/O is found on the front of the enclosure, right at the height where the HAF XB’s two levels meet. There’s a power button and a reset button, a microphone input connector, audio output (AC'97 and HD Audio), and two USB 3.0 ports that are internally connected to the motherboard.
Both the power and reset buttons have integrated red LEDs that let you know when your system is on and when your storage subsystem is being accessed. We like that these are the same color. The internal USB 3.0 connector and cable are black, which matches the case. That's pretty important, given how likely you are to see into the chassis from outside.
- Introducing Cooler Master's HAF XB
- The HAF XB's Technical Specifications
- First Impressions And External 360° Picture Gallery
- Cooling And Dust Protection
- PSU Installation And Cable Management
- Optical Drive Installation
- Hard Drive And SSD Installation
- Motherboard And Graphics Card Installation
- Benchmark System And Conditions
- Results: Temperature And Noise Level At Full Fan RPM
- Results: Temperature And Noise Level At Reduced Fan RPM
- The Little Case That Could