Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review
Published: 11th January 2014 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: 210 |
All three cases comes with the usual stand-offs, screws, cable ties and instructions you might expect, the 935 however comes with a three outlet SATA power extension along with the blanking plates we looked at earlier in the review. The instructions are extensive as is usually the case with Cooler Master, but yet again the diagrams are way too small.
Depending on how you're planning to configure your build you can choose to assemble each of the cases separately and bring them together at the end or build into the assembly as a whole, or for that matter a bit of both. We're planning to build our main PC into the main section of the case and have a smaller PC, perhaps for use as a small server or guest PC built into the 915F positioned at the base of the Stacker. To do this we will of course need two PSUs, and have chosen to show the build with a Cooler Master V1000 modular PSU in the main section and a smaller Cooler Master B600 in the 915F.
Being able to take both the sides and the roof off the 915s gives unparalleled levels of access, and although with the Mother board mounted flat in the rear of the base there's no rear of motherboard area as such, there are plenty of cable toe points about the place to enable you to produce a tidy interior. We've chosen to route our 24pin cable up along the upper longitudinal cross member and the 8pin CPU power cable down and under the case utilising two of the many apertures in the base. At 140mm deep the B600 is by no means big, but as you can see space is already getting tight behind it. We think 150mm would be fine but you wouldn't want to go much bigger, especially without modular cables.
With everything into the 915F, including a central rack of 3 HDDs borrowed from the 915R you can see there's actually quite a lot of room to spare. In truth the case is quite big for an M-ITX chassis but as it forms part of the stacker line up it has to share the same depth and width dimensions. Don't forge that you could quite easily couple this unit with a 915R above it either holding more HDDs or supporting a water cooling set up. We think that even with a non modular PSU it's still possible to achieve a tidy loom.
There's a good 170mm of had room above the motherboard for coolers as demonstrated by our old faithful NZXT Havik 120. We would recommend fitting the cooler before you connect the top section of the case though as it's damn near impossible otherwise.