Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review
Published: 11th January 2014 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: 210 |
HAF System Stripped
Having assembled the full 945 Stacker by adding a 915F to the 935 system we thought we'd strip off all the panels and see how it looks in the nip. The side panels come away very easily and actually have captive thumb bolts so no more losing them and having to use mobo screws instead. All of the front panels are secured in the same way and come off with relative ease and without the worry that you're about to break them as has been the case with some we've looked at recently. What surprised us most on removing the front panel from the main case was the total absence of any fans up front. Is this a HAF case or not? OK, you can put your own 120mm units in here but to be honest we did expect to find at least one, if not two fans included as standard. Cooler Master did actually supply a few of their excellent Jetflo 120s along with the case but as they aren't supplied as standard we've chosen no to represent them less you should mistakenly think looking at the pictures that the case came with fans up front as standard.
The 915R seen below left, and identifiable by its lack of a front I/O does come with a front mounted 92mm fan. The 915F seen below right has no such fan as the front of the case is surrendered to the PSU and 5.25" bay.
We've already talked about the modular nature of the HAF stacker system, but let us expend by pointing out that the front I/O fittings are common between cases, meaning that should you wish to build a system within the 915R you can swap out a front I/O from either of the other cases. Two screws is all it takes and Robert's your Mother's Brother
The 3.5" drive bay racks of the main case can also be removed and/or reconfigured to suite your needs. We think the 354mm of GPU card length available is already more than generous, but should you feel the need to extend all you have to do is whip out a couple of thousand screws and slide the drive bays out. OK, so it's not a couple of thousand, it's more like eight, but it feels like more, especially as you have to take the front panel off to access some of them.
Four more screws from the underside of the case release the final part of the bay area clearing the way for a monster front 240mm radiator. Unfortunately because Cooler Master have recessed the screw holes that are used to secure the drive cages the dimples left internally mean that you're going to need to purchase an adapter from Cooler Master to make this a reality, either that or fabricate your own.