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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.
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
Excerpt: It has been quite some time since I have seen a new mid-tower design from Cooler Master and to be honest, this may be the best mid-tower design of them all. Cooler Master dug back into their history of chassis designs, stuck with a top selling chassis series and rolled it all together into a package that shows they really stepped up their game with the release of this chassis.
Coolermaster HAF XM
offers some really useful features like the hot swappable X-Dock trays, tooless hard drive trays, wire management, easy side panel access via an access handle, and of course the potential for decent system cooling as long as you’re willing to add your own side panel fan. While the PSU cover is a nice touch for hiding some wires, it’s not necessary and can help air flow if left out.
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
Conclusion: Cooler Master’s HAF series of cases have become the staple of gamers and computer enthusiasts alike. With the introduction of the HAF X, my personal favorite case of the series, they bumped up the bar for others to reach for. However, they have not stopped there, as they continue to strive to improve on the excellence of the HAF series. The Cooler Master HAF XM is just one more example of how good the HAF series has become. Let’s talk about the case itself.
Pros: Tons of room inside the case, X-Dock hot swappable slots x 2, HDD/SSD drive slots, Tool-less design, Cable management made easy, PSU cable cover, Fan and Radiator options galore, Case has great air flow, Nice case feet, Ease of access to everything
Cons: Only one 90° rotated latched side panel, Seems to have a softer look to it aesthetically, Not a fan of mesh side panels