Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master HAF XB (RC-902XB)
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GREAT case BUT it needs some improvements!
14 March 2016
Summary: Unless you are into case modding keep in mind this case is designed for simple use. Mount a motherboard with required components, an optical drive, and jam it full of TB hard drives (or SSDs) maybe using RAID and a quad video system. It can be a simple but powerful gaming rig.
Pros: 1) Depending on your use the footprint can be a positive OR negative. In my case it provides a positive. 2) Compact design allows a substantial air flow across the motherboard and components in the top half (upper deck) of the case (see the cons concerning the lower deck below the motherboard).
Cons: With a compact case it should be expected space is limited, with that in mind... 1) You'll want to be sure to use a modular power supply with this case (one which allows you to use only cables that are necessary) if NOT then things are going to get crowed around the power supply. Look at pictures...
Summary: This is a huge case. It takes up the same space as a double-wide tower, but everything inside is cramped and congested. I spent more time trying to squeeze my fingers into tight spaces than on any other builds I have done. The thought of adding another DVD drive daunts me.
Pros: Solid: The case is very sturdy Air Flow: Many fan options, and a lot of vents Horizontal Motherboard: All components are resting on the motherboard, not hanging off it. Fits Huge Cooler: I was able to fit the largest Noctua CPU cooler. (Although is was too tall to allow the top fan to be installed)
Cons: Hot swap bays: seem to work, but they feel weak. Design: The motherboard tray prevents access to EVERYTHING else. All connections must be unhooked, and the tray removed to be able to access the power supply and all the drive bays. The internal drive bays must be removed to install the rear fans.
Summary: The list of cons was the reason I knocked off 2 eggs. It is a nice looking case with plenty of room for cords and air flow, but just consider the issues I ran into in my cons list.
Pros: This is my first build by myself and I decided to use this case. Here are some things that I have noticed thus far. -Spacious, plenty of room for wiring. -Easily accessible plate for the motherboard, making installing a breeze -Nice design with the ability to take every side panel and the top pla...
Cons: -Instruction manual for this case is kind of "meh". They provide pictures but they really do not go into detail for first time builders. -The front hard drive trays are difficult to install a hard drive because the rubber pins keep falling off, very cheap design of those. -Along with the hard dri...
Summary: Disappointed by the cheap quality of the drive bays. Other than that, it is a good case. However, as this is marketed as a 'Test Bench', it seems like the parts which will be used for testing should be designed for high volume usage, which this is not.
Pros: Smart design, Love the layout of hardware and setup is conducive to IT work.
Cons: Drive bay tray arrived broken. After looking at it closely, the drive bays are cheap and broke along a thin line of plastic. This is a design flaw. The designers should have been able to forsee that this would break easily.
Summary: First, let me say that I do case mods to build dream machines. I bought this case planning on doing extensive mods. In fact we had plans to build 4 of these in different config's. I am going to have to literally go back to the drawing board on this now because none of the other three will work.
Pros: Nice, well built, LAN box.
Cons: Cooler Master dropped the ball on this one. If they had increased the dimensions by 1/2 inch all around this box would have lived up to all its advertising and more. As it is, it literally comes up 1/2 inch short of all its claims. It claimed it has enough room for large GPU's. 2xR9 390X's leave ...
Summary: Pros: Great horizontal design. Built in hotswap. Lives up to the HAF name for airflow. Price. Cons: Needs cable routing holes just above and below motherboard. Running cables around the sides looks sloppy. No dust filters.
Summary: I wanted something different and after looking around. I choose this one. Not a bad case at all. Pros: * Different * Can hold a 240 rad * Easy to move around * Will actually hold a 360 in the front of mine. Used the 2 x 240 fans to cool it. Worked out nicely. Cons: * No 3.5 Hard drive rack mounts.