Cooler Master HAF XB Case / Test-bench Review

Up Close: The Build

Cooler Master HAF XB case/testbench review


Up Close: The Build

Undoing the two thumb screws on either side of the motherboard tray enable it to be lifted out clear of the case, making the job of mounting the motherboard and the cooler as easy as can be, especially with the more than generous CPU cut out.

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With the PSU inserted we can begin to think about how we're going to route our cables. We say think because as this is not a conventional layout, we're not going to be able to follow conventional routes. Still, as everything is compact there's no concerns about cables not reaching their destinations. Far from it in fact, our biggest issue, if you can call it that was having too much cable to lose in the process of getting it from A to B. Those of you who've read other case reviews will know we hold great sway by the cable management options afforded at the rear of a Motherboard, and with no less than 110mm of space we can safely say the XB will not leave you wanting. But what of cable tie points we hear you cry? Well we think there are at least 25. why so vague. I'll tell you why, because there's so damn many we kept losing count, and every time we tried we seemed to find another in an ingenious place we hadn't noticed before, that's why. Not only are there plenty of them, but a great many of them are set at a 45 degree angle enabling attachment of cables running in any direction, not just across them at 90 degrees.

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With motherboard complete with cooler and GPU in place we can wire up the components having previously passed the cables up from underneath. It's essential you pass the wires up and through first because with the motherboard in place there's no way you're getting them through, not unless you're blessed with having multiple wrist joints. The end result is a tidy wiring job up top, with most of the unused cable lengths being stowed safely below decks where it can't be seen.  

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Earlier on we talked about the ability of the HAF XB to accommodate a 180mm PSU. The unit we've used below is a relatively modest 160mm unit, and even here we can see that the amount of space between it and the rear of the 3.5" X-Dock assembly is quite limited. if you're using a modular PSU it's a good idea to attach whichever cables you will need first before inserting the PSU into the case, again, if you have multi hinged wrists, this won't be an issue for you.

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With everything in place we can re attach the panels and bask in the glory of our build, noticing that although the mesh panel in the roof is primarily designed for ventilation it does provide a rather nice view of the hardware within.

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Most Recent Comments

28-01-2013, 06:03:29

With the HAF series fast encroaching on legendary status Cooler Master have decided to stir the pot with a new footprint for the latest incarnation, The HAF XB

Continue ReadingQuote

28-01-2013, 10:55:25

dont you guys usually do a vid for a product worthy of a gold??? Quote

28-01-2013, 10:57:52

can 280mm closed loop water coolers fit in the front intake spot? like the nzxt kraken x60 or the corsair h110Quote

28-01-2013, 11:44:14

all the reviews im seeing say only 240mm rads in the front. boooooQuote

28-01-2013, 12:46:50

want one!Quote

28-01-2013, 16:45:06

If I was thinking of going back to air I'd consider getting 1 of these for the price it's a really nice case, I have a Haf X and for water it's good but it's size and weight makes it cumbersome to move.Quote

28-01-2013, 18:13:16

| raVen |
I really like the look of this caseQuote

28-01-2013, 23:11:41

I've wanted one since I first saw it. Want to mod it into a white case and some serious WCQuote

29-01-2013, 05:52:06

likes the look of this case Quote

29-01-2013, 15:35:03

I didn't like the look of this at first, but it has grown on me a little.Quote

29-01-2013, 15:42:27

sure enough the kraken x60 fits just fine in the haf xb -

30-01-2013, 09:41:17

Like this very much.Quote

01-02-2013, 23:33:05

Nmm Nmm,Nmm Nmm, NmmQuote

06-02-2013, 09:35:51

realy like this case will defnitly have to get one Quote

11-02-2013, 06:23:26

Smithy 92
The only problem I seem to have with this case is that I wish there was more space for 3.5" hard drives and maybe fewer SSD mounts but that is just my opinion. Other than that though I still think this case looks great especially once you have some red leds mounted inside.Quote

17-02-2013, 04:16:52

agreed about the 3.5" drive support. I'm sitting here contemplating on pulling the trigger and just buying this case over the cosmos 2. See I'm stationed in united kingdom until 2016 and of course the military movers broke my corsair 800d case. So I need to replace it.

I have 5x 3.5" drives and 2x 2.5" SSD's (patriot pyro 128's in RAID 0) I need to fit.

I'm pretty sure with all the room in the bottom hard drive area (2.5" cage area) I can make something work to where I can either add a 3.5" cage or just drill out the 2.5" and just replace that cage. I've got plenty of sheet metal and car guys that have the tools who work with me in the Air Force.

But then I look at the cosmos 2 and really drool over all the area it has. But then I'm reminded that in 3 years the military movers are going to be handling my stuff again and quite possible are going to break another $300 case.

Both cosmos 2 and haf xb fit the new 280mm all in one water coolers, thats a must have for me with a new case.

AHHHHHH I'm torn. I'm leaning towards the HAF XBQuote

18-02-2013, 11:20:22

I'm really liking that case! Great review G-Dubs!Quote

21-02-2013, 21:03:50

hoxlund, you don't need to drill out the cage, it just has 4 phillips head screws in there and that's it.

Btw I just purchased this case with my new build about a month ago and say I love it. With some quieter fans I could make it much better on the ears. But really, if you buy a HAF case, you aren't bothered by some wind noise.

EDIT: Also if you have the Noctua NH-D14 it fits like a charm. You won't be able to put the 240mm fan on top but the cooling is good enough you don't need to.

One of my MSI 560ti Twinfrozr fans went out on me and it still stays plenty cool enough in this case. Very very pleased.Quote

29-03-2013, 14:50:42

A great chassis out there. Innovative design plus lots of space.Quote

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