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Cooler Master's HAF XB: Give Your LAN Party Box Breathing Room

PSU Installation And Cable Management

PSU Installation

The Cooler Master HAF XB accommodates PSUs up to 180 mm in length, according to the manufacturer’s specifications. In reality, this is a very conservative estimate. Even PSUs a bit over 200 mm in length should fit without butting up against the hard drive backplane, which sits opposite the power supply. Our 170 mm Cooler Master V700 with fully modular cables even leaves enough space to comfortably get your hand back there after installation, if you need to.

The case employs a separate PSU cover that attaches to the case with thumb screws. This lets you use longer power supplies. According to Cooler Master's manual, the cover is supposed to be detached from the case, attached to the PSU, and then reattached. In practice, you can simply slide the power supply into the case from an open side if that's easier. This saves on step, at least. All screw holes line up nicely.

The PSU is decoupled from the case to prevent rattling. Your power supply will sit on a large, soft pad.

Cable Management

Due to its unique design, managing cabling in the HAF XB is different from more traditional tower configurations. Nevertheless, you can still expect to route cables out of sight, yielding a clean installation. There’s a lot of space between the top and bottom edges of the motherboard tray and their respective side walls, for instance. This gives you the room to run wires from the bottom level to the top, while keeping them out of the way. More cables can be routed between the two drive cages up front, and even more can go through an opening in the bottom part of the motherboard tray.

Cooler Master's design is such that you don't really need grommet-covered holes cut out from random panels. Most of the cabling simply remains out of sight on the lower level. But if you want to keep your cables tied together in one place, the HAF XB features lots of cable holders. They’re basically everywhere: on top of the 3.5” and 5.25” drive cages for the top level, on the sides between the two levels, and in every perceivable orientation all over the bottom of the lower level.

One last boon for cable management is easy access to the case’s lower level after the motherboard tray is out. We’ll talk more about this on the motherboard and graphics card installation page.

  • supermag24
    bitfenix prodigy > HAF XB
    Review the prodigy.

    Good review, though.
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  • ohyouknow
    Absolutely love this case. Only thing I don't like is motherboard removal is a pita if you have a water cooler and want to add drives to the bottom compartments. Nice and clean up top.
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  • panderaamon
    i've been using this case for the last 2.5 months. my only problem is that my H100i cant work in 4 fan mod cause my GTX 570 DIICU is 3mm's longer than i calculated. oh well, 3 fan mod is working nice. also whatever you do get the upper case fan aswell. use it as an exhaust. you'll be suprised what a difference it makes.
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  • midnightgun
    The only change I would like made to this case is the ability to mount rads to the top where the 200mm face spot is. I am really interested in this case for my build early next year. Will you also be reviewing the Corsair Carbide Air 540?
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  • thebluephilip
    i really love this case! perfect for almost all around duties regarding pcs. :)
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  • Vlad Razvan
    I fell in love with the HAF XB first time I saw it. Have been using one for three months now - lots of space, extremely well ventilated, easy to work with, and a great looker too.

    Initially I wanted to go for an expensive 250$ case so my crossfire configuration could fit and have enough ventilation, but then I saw this thing for 125$, bought it and we have been happy ever since.

    PROTIP - buy the quietest 120 and 140mm fans you can find or get a fan controller. If you keep the stock frontal fans, you're gonna have a noisy time.
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  • Vlad Razvan
    11393992 said:
    bitfenix prodigy > HAF XB
    Review the prodigy.

    Good review, though.

    For a lanparty, yes, the prodigy es better because it's smaller. As a high-end PC enclosure / testbench - HAF XB is way better. My sister used to keep a pair of GTX 480s in SLi in her HAF XB - it's one of the few cases with good enough ventilation for such hot hardware.
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  • cscott_it
    Kai,

    Given your experience with this case (and any previous case testing), do you think the HAF XB would cool well with better fans? You wouldn't happen to have the time and a couple of decent Noctua or Thermaltake (the models with the fluid bearing) to test with, would you?

    Also, any thoughts on the stock fans rated CFM vs. actual amount of heat dispersed and any impressions with them? My experience with Coolermaster's case fans has been unfavorable over the years.
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  • dgingeri
    I absolutely love my HAF XB. I don't use the internal 2.5" drive bays, though. I used a Vantec 5.25" to 4X2.5" hot swap drive bay adapter, for a total of 6 hotswap drive bays. I have 4 SSDs installed, with no mechanical storage. I use a HAF 932 for my storage server, keeping my personal data stored elsewhere so it can be independently virus scanned and backed up. This way I can take my main system places without risking my personal data. I mess around with the insides of my main system enough that this saves me a ton of frustration. It's just awesome.

    For the guy who suggested the Bitfenix Prodigy as an alternative to this: what are you, crazy? That thing is a mini-ITX case. It could never pull the duty of this case. It's worthless to any of my needs. Go play with your toys and leave the big boys to talk here.
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  • rolli59
    Looking good, one of my favorite cases.
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