Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review
Published: 11th January 2014 | Source: Cooler Master | Price: 210 |
Up Close: Main Case Exterior
We've referred to this part of the HAF stacker as the "main case", although following Cooler Master's own nomenclature we could just have easily called it the HAF925. To do so would be something of a misnomer as it's not actually available on its own as a standalone case. The sample we have for review has a splendid full size slightly tinted window, but should you choose to make your case look ugly It is also available with a fan mount and grill in the window.
The front is split into upper and lower sections with all being covered in a mesh design over a plastic hex back ground. The looks might not be to the taste of those who yearn for sleek and sexy, but then sleek and sexy doesn't usually walk hand in hand with High Air Flow, and this is a HAF after all. The Front I/O which comprises of 2xUSB3.0, 2xUSB2.0 along with audio in and out and the usual power rese button is a part common to all the HAF stacker cases, and as we'll see later can be easily removed and swapped to other cases in the series.
As the main section of the case is designed to be paired with one or more of the smaller 915s it does not come with a top panel. Cooler Master assume that you're going to mount the 915R supplied on top of the main unit but should you wish to swap things around it's a moments work to whip the top off the 915 and place it on top of the main unit. In preparation for this Cooler Master have made the roof section ready to accept up to three 120mm fans or two 140mm units. The holes for the 120s are slotted, but as you'll see when we move inside it's unlikely you'll be putting a rad in the roof.
Whichever sections you choose to mount above or below, the mounting system remains the same and is universal to all the cases in the HAF stacker series allowing for truly modular assembly. Cooler Master have likened their proprietary linking method to the Picatinny rail system used on contemporary Automatic weapons. We're not convinced ourselves of this rather tenuous link to such a manly method, but either way it's certainly simple and secure which is all it needs to be and is a plus in our books.
Round the back things are fairly standard. A 140mm fan does extract duty with mounts for a 120mm should you wish to decrease the cases cooling ability. Below this we find 8 vented PCI clot covers along with a single cover off to the side for non mobo mounted PCI devices. At the very bottom of the case lies the PSU cut out.
Tipping the case over affords us a better view of the underside. The case is mounted on four extended rubber feet, each pair of which is adhered to a long rail which is removable being secured in the same way as the case top allowing for cases to be linked together. The PSU vent, although filtered is not wide, but should suffice as it extends quite far anteriorly. And yes, those are rubber grommets on the base of the case. Why? Well unless you haven't been concentrating up to this point you'll already know the cases are designed to be stacked and as such the grommets allow wiring and tubing to pass from one unit to the other.