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Cooler Master HAF XM mid-tower Case Review
27 July 2012
Summary: Cooler Master, one of the leading case manufacturers, has recently launched their latest addition to the HAF series, the HAF XM. The HAF range targets gamers, wanting functionality, maximum hardware compatibility and excellent cooling under any circumstances. Modern high end gaming setups usually comprise multi GPU setups, big CPU coolers and likewise power supplies. Case designs have to be constantly adapted to suit the needs of its end users.
Conclusion: Coolermaster HAF XM is one of the most interesting cases available at the moment. Its looks are appealing, has plenty of space for a midsized case, and has a unique x-dock feature for easy hard disk add/removal. Those who move hard disks from computer to another will respect that feature. It has USB3 front panel slots, large fans and does not resonate too much. These all make the HAF XM very promising and attracting.
Excerpt: Cooler Master introduced the HAF (High Air Flow) series PC cases in 2008. The key feature of these cabinets, as the name suggests, was the provision of multiple large fans for excellent airflow. So, no matter how hot the hardware inside the box runs, an HAF series case should keep everything cool. The first model in the lineup was the HAF-932, followed by the HAF-922 which was smaller.
Summary: Wait, I already did that at the beginning of this review. Guess that means I'm done. OK, well not quite. Overall I am very impressed with the Cooler Master HAF XM mid tower case; from start to finish the design of this case is top notch. There are no sharp edges, everything fits well together, nothing in it feel flimsy, and every detail that I could think of has been thought of in its design.
Pros: » Plenty of drive bays, » Plenty of large fans to keep the air moving, » Low noise output, despite all those fans, » X-Dock hot-swap drive days, » Designed to make a neat installation a snap, » Fairly priced for a case of this caliber
Cons: » Dust filters on the intake fans would be nice
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XM could be the ideal case for gaming on a moderate budget. With ease the case will hold any of today’s gaming video cards as well as numerous drives and we can forget about support for eATX motherboards. These three things is what makes up most of the components of a gaming system.
Conclusion: Although we strive for objectivity here at Benchmark Reviews, please remember that each author perceives these points differently, and our conclusions and recommendations will necessarily differ from others. Also, prices can fluctuate and designs change after publication, so that the product we review might not have the same price and specifications of a product that's available later.
Cons: Heavy, Hard to Move, No Integrated Fan Controller, Limited clearance on the bottom, Only three fans included
Summary: The Cooler Master HAF XM mid-tower excellent performance. Cooling with large 200mm and 140mm fans provided good airflow and temperatures.
I actually had fun setting up the Cooler Master HAF XM. Most of that fun was because of all of the room that I had to work with. This was partially because I was using a micro-ATX board, but also because the design has space in all of the right areas.
Pros: Price, Bottom Mount PSU, Tool Free Design, Two 200mm and One 140mm Fan included, Front USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Port, Two Front X-Docks, PSU Cable Shield, Easy Side Handle, Liquid Hose / Cable Routing Holes, Extra Expansion Slot, Radiator Space On Top, Top Tray, Excellent Cable Management, Supports Up To 463mm GPU Size (Without HDD Cage), 196mm CPU Heatsink Clearance, Tons Of Cooling Possibilities
Excerpt: Cooler Master’s HAF X full tower case was released about 2 years ago and since then it has been their premier full tower case. While full tower cases are great many people do not want a case that large or may not have room for it. For those who love all of the features of the HAF X Cooler Master has just released the HAF XM, which they say is “the essence of a HAF X distilled into its purest form; a mid-tower enclosure” .
Pros: Lots of cooling (2x 200mm fans, 1x 140mm fan), Latch type side panel, Lots of room inside, Toolless systems that actually work well, Room for 9 2.5inch hard drives and 8 3.5inch hard drives
Cons: Top CPU power cable routing hole is partially blocked