Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master HAF XB (RC-902XB)
Showing 1-10 of 17
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: 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...
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.
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...
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
Summary: I really like what I found in the HAF XB. As a standalone chassis with handles on the side for added portability for LAN events, the HAF XB offers everything one expects in a full tower chassis.
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...
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × The Cooler Master HAF XB Mid-Tower chassis is part of the ‘High Air Flow’ range of cases, but it is crafted into a new and special form factor. Is this a case you need to be shortlisting for a new system build?