Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master HAF XB (RC-902XB)
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Cooler Master HAF XB High Performance LAN Enclosure Review
21 February 2013
Summary: Setting a system up won’t be a problem and the chassis is easy to customize if you need to adapt an installation. The enclosure worked quite well with any of the all in one integrated liquid cooling systems, even the larger 240mm Thermaltake BigWater 2.0 unit we used. It also keeps air moving efficiently, cooling the system well right out of the box. With just a couple LED fans installed, your HAF XB will turn plenty of heads.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB Case is a very unique case because of its styling. The square design allows easy access to the inside of the case, two 120mm fans are included & many more can be installed, there are hot swap bays, a 240mm radiator can be mounted at the front, plenty of ventilation and much more. With that being said, this is more of an enthusiast case or test bench, but it totally rocks.
Conclusion: 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. In short, it's the best LAN-friendly case we've worked with, we're attracted to its well-balanced aesthetics, it covers just about everything we'd want in an top-end chassis besides its limited support for...
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!
On top of that, you may carry the system around easily thanks to the handles - while its internals are still protected. Try doing that with a Dimastech unit.
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, Front drive-bay covers easily removable, Two 120 mm fans, well-balanced in terms of noise/air flow, Plenty of zip ties and routing possibilities for cables, Large power butto...
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 external 3.5" bay, No internal 3.5" bays
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. But I can also understand that quite a few of you would dislike the design. The cube is not for everybody man.
Overall though this is a very sturdy build that is easy to carry around with it's two carry-handles.
Conclusion: A computer case's main purpose is simply to hold your components. Beyond that, there are other considerations, but these will vary depending upon the use you put the system to. For example, thermal management and airflow isn't very important in a low-powered HTPC system, but is critical for high performance systems.
Pros: Unusual, visually interesting design, Exceptional air flow across the full width of the motherboard, Hot swap bays for two 3.5" drives, Easier to build a neat system, Very sturdy construction, Actually can be used both as LAN box and test bed, Excellent price/performance
Cons: Only two front USB ports, Only seven PCI slots, No easy way to accomodate non-optical drive devices in 5.25" bays, Takes up a lot of room on your desk, Must remove front panel to clean its dust filter
Excerpt: I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Back at CES, when I was touring the Cooler Master suite, when we were done with all the usual and new releases that they had to offer at that time, just as I was ready to leave, I was pulled aside and sat down to sign a digital NDA on a laptop. Once I had that completed, I was taken into another room in the suite where I was shown things that Cooler Master had plans to being to fruition sometime this year.
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XB has been one of the more interesting cases that I have seen of late and proves at least one manufacturer is thinking outside of the box. For my part I have enjoyed working with the HAF XB, it came well packaged with a good degree of extras from cable ties to the Cooler Master Stand-off socket, a most useful device!