Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review
Published: 11th January 2014 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: 210 |
Up Close: Main Case Interior
As you might imagine with the main case designed to accept EATX as well as standard ATX the interior is larger than your average tower. A huge CPU cut out dominates the upper left section of the motherboard tray with a good distribution of grommeted cable management holes. We're particularly pleased with the oversized hole adjacent to the PSU and the small grommeted hole above the PSU area which will make routing Audio header cables and perhaps USB cables much easier and tidier. If you plan to go down the air cooling route then any CPU cooler up to 180mm will fit in here just fine.
The main case has room for three 5.25" devices, If like us you find the ODD more and more redundant, at least satisfy yourself that this means there's room for a double bay pump res combo. If you're the sort who likes to adjust his fan speed on the fly then you may well want to put a fan controller in the remaining tool free slot as none of the HAF stackers have fan controlle functionality.
Internal storage is split into two banks of 3 bays each, with each of them able to accept both 3.5" or 2.5" drives. Although it's quite a laborious task, involving the undoing of what feels like a few thousand screws each of the banks can be removed. Doing so will extend the available max GPU length from a more than acceptable 354mm up to a quite ridiculous 480mm. Removing the bays will also enable you to put a 240mm rad in this position, however Cooler Master state that an additional adapter will be required to enable this.
There's not fan mount in the base of the case (thank Bob), there are however the two rubber grommets we saw when we looked the underside. Posterior to them we find the PSU mount, which as we remarked when we peered underneath although long does seem to be on the narrow side. Not a problem of course if you mount your PSU with the fan facing upwards.
Climbing the rear of the case we again see the 8+1 vented PCI slots and the 140mm black OEM fan sitting on extract duty. There's also a set of 3 tube routing holes at the very top, should you wish to age your PC 10 years and fit an external water cooling system.
The reverse of the case is well laid out, and with 14 cable tie points there's no excuse for shoddy cable management. There's also a mount for a single 2.5" drive back here, a feature we're starting to see more and more frequently and something we like very much.
A nice deep trough a the base of the case is always welcomed as it provides a convenient route along the base of the case and is also the perfect stash point for all those unwanted cable lengths. Although there are sections of the rear that are slightly deeper, the real working space provided back here is actually 18mm. Not as much as we were expecting but still plenty to work with.