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Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Enclosure Review
18 August 2012
Excerpt: Cooler Master is a well know name among PC enthusiasts and they are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary! In addition to a full line of PC enclosures, Cooler Master offers power supplies, coolers, and numerous accessories for mobile computing, notebooks, servers, and gaming. In this review we will be taking a detailed look at the new Cooler Master HAF XM enclosure, which is a very interesting mid-tower version of their popular HAF X series full-tower enclosure.
Excerpt: Today, we will be taking a look at a new member to Cooler Master’s HAF family. That new member will be the HAF XM. A ‘budget’ minded XM is a short on structure but tall on features and options. Some of these options and features you will not see on the older big brothers of the family. The HAF XM may just be the case you were looking for. Read on to find out why we say this.
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.
Summary: The serious cooling that the HAF XM offers along with hot-swappable bays is ideal for high-end gaming PCs and servers. This PC case is priced at Rs. 10,900 which is at par with the Corsair Graphite CC600DT, Bitfenix Colossus and Antec P183. Consider this cabinet if you have multiple hard drives and a high-end multi-GPU setup, or if you want to run your hardware at highly overclocked settings—any scenario that leads to a lot of heat build-up.
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: To me Cooler Master took the finer points of what makes them such a success over the history of case designs that they have developed over the years and stuck in enough new "flavoring" to the exterior to make it a standalone contender.
Summary: For almost two years, my favorite power hungry system was housed in a
Coolermaster HAF X NVIDIA Edition
full tower because it worked with the Extended Length ATX GIGABYTE G1 Killer Assassin motherboard. The HAF XM reminds me a lot of it, except for reduction in motherboard sizes, which is actually just fine. After all, it is a mid tower case designed to offer the best of the original HAF X but without the size.
Pros: Convenient side panel handle, Quiet case cooling fans, X-Dock swappable trays, Tooless drive bays throughout, Good cable management, Large CPU cooler cut out, Unique removable top cover for cleaning, Room for water cooling systems
Cons: PSU cover blocks air affecting air flow, No included side panel cooling fan
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