Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review

Up Close: Main Case Interior

Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

11-01-2014, 06:25:51

Mullet
Nice review Tom. Personally, I think the case looks pretty dreadful and I'm not sure who CM are pitching at with their modular approach. Most of us like to change our case every few years and if this is driven by a change in mobo form factor or some other reason.... most would want a new case. This looks like a jack of all trades attempt at being everything to everyone.... and pays for it.Quote

11-01-2014, 06:34:30

Rastalovich
It's not going to tickle many people's fancy with it's looks ..

.. but as someone who considers looks pretty far down on the scale of case requirements - looking mostly for adaptation, options, practicality, ease of build/'monkeying around inside' - this is one heck of a range.

(even tho I'm not a case-looks person, I know when something isn't going to appeal to others)

There's some corporate uses this stack could come in useful for, and I'm keeping that in mind for suggestions. Sometimes you see something reviewed and it has features that stick in your mind when people talk to you about if and how they can have things created for them.

Good stuff. (didn't consider the pricing at all tbh)Quote

11-01-2014, 07:38:21

tinytomlogan
Is it just me that thinks not being able to use a 240mm AIO in the top of the main section is nuts?

HDD's or WC in the bottom AIO in the roof, then add the extra bit on the roof if you want even more water space? I still think there should be a roof panel for the main section and AIO support basically.

I think by trying to make it appeal to everyone they have actually made it a bit half arsed.Quote

11-01-2014, 08:29:33

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Is it just me that thinks not being able to use a 240mm AIO in the top of the main section is nuts?
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Its to encourage you to buy more bits . Also, its probably because they want to make it for custom loopers, not people who use AIOs. Every other HAF case supports a 240 AIO in the roof/front(in the case of the XB ) I think.Quote

11-01-2014, 08:31:16

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Its to encourage you to buy more bits . Also, its probably because they want to make it for custom loopers, not people who use AIOs. Every other HAF case supports a 240 AIO in the roof/front(in the case of the X I think.
Yeah but a roof panel should be avail so you can use the lower case. With the 240mm AIO's being so common just seems retarded to not support them straight out of the box.Quote
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