Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master HAF XB (RC-902XB)
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Review of Cooler Master HAF XB PC Case
12 August 2013
Summary: Today for review I have a case or chassis from Cooler Master called the HAF XB. This is a smaller style case, what might be called a lanbox but it’s not just for gaming of course as you can use it for anything. What makes the HAF XB really special is the fact that it also doubles as a test bench.
Pros: Very well made, Portable, Case or test bench, Plenty of room for assorted cooling options, Room for large video cards and large CPU coolers, Quickly and easily converts to test bench, Lots of room for multiple SSDs
Cons: Fans suck in dust, Depending on PSU design it can be difficult to install, Not exactly quiet, No fan grills on fans, Only space for two 3.5″ drives
Excerpt: The HAF XB mid tower case is the newest member of the Cooler Master HAF line of cases. Touted as a LAN box, this cube-shaped case has both looks and features that appeal to any enthusiasts. We decided to put the HAF XB on our test bench to validate these claims.
Excerpt: While many custom PC builders will look at the motherboard, processor or GPU as the most important thing in their build, the lowly computer cases gets overlooked far too often. Hell, you can use a pizza box if you really want to.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master HAF XB LAN Box is the latest product in the HAF series of cases. It is billed as both a LAN box and a test bench. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it, but after reviewing this case I think Cooler Master has a solid product on their hands.
Cooler Master HAF XB High Performance LAN Enclosure Review
21 February 2013
Summary: There are some cool aspects that make the Cooler Master HAF XB well worth the average price of $99. One of which is that it's really neat change from the typical enclosures on the market and it's different enough from the BitFenix Prodigy that it's really a matter of personal taste.
Pros: Doubles as an Open Air Test Bench, Modular construction adapts easily to installation challenges, Accommodates 240mm and 280mm radiators, Very portable for LAN parties, Reasonably priced between
Cons: Windowed panel only available at additional cost, As a test bench it could be fairly tight to work within
Summary: In a world dominated by rectangular mid-towers, the HAF XB's squarish design is refreshing, and the fact that Cooler Master pulled it off without any major drawbacks makes this a very attractive option for gamers on the go or enthusiasts with a taste for the unusual.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB clocks in at a good price right out of the gates - even as a traditional chassis and not a test bench. The fact that it is also intended as a bench means that Cooler Master aimed to combine the best of both worlds, and they have done so quite well, I might add!
Pros: Very good price, Well shuffled interior, Large handles make it quite easy to transport, Three panels of the case can be removed, Removable motherboard tray, Two hard drive hot-swap bay with well-engineered trays, Can hold four additional 2.5" and two 5.25" drives, Can fit 120 or 240 mm radiators,...
Cons: Not as accessible as pure test benches, 2.5" bays hard/nearly impossible to fill, No USB 2.0 - may be of interest for testers, Screw-less system does not work that well for ODDs, No dust filter on some intake fan locations, Rear motherboard area recessed, No 140 or 280 radiator support, No extern...
Summary: What Cooler Master is best at is top design unusual gear. I mean really, what design of theirs is not unique in some way, fashion or form ? With the HAF XB Mid Tower then once again succeed in making something unique. Truth be told, I like the chassis very much.
Excerpt: Gamers and enthusiasts alike are usually happy to have the opportunity to tinker with their systems. The ultimate goal, of course, is to get the most performance possible out of the components or play with new toys.
Pros: Quality Steel Build, Great Cable Management, Simple installation, Removable Motherboard Tray, Carrying Handles, Support for Large Heatsinks, Space for Longer Video Cards, Coverts into Test Bench, Plenty of Ventilation, Good Performance, Unique Design, High Air Flow, Portability