Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review

Up Close: 915R Exterior

Cooler Master HAF Stacker System Review

Up Close:  915R Exterior

The 915R we're looking at here comes packaged with the main case to make up the HAF 935.  Unlike the 915R which can be purchased separately the 915R supplied as part of the 935 package does not have a front I/O.  It does though clearly share the lines of the main case and has readily identifiable HAF lineage.

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Large vented panels down each side of the case do more than hint a the 915Rs ability to receive substantial radiators.  In fact, should you wish you can put 2x360mm or 2x280mm rads in here, with one on either side and even set up a through flow push/pull configuration.  As with the other cases, both the top and base of the 915R are removable and will interlink to form a larger unit as we'll see later. 

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There's so much perforation that you can actually see right through the case.  We suspect that it won't be too long though before we see windowed side panels available for those not keen to get wet but who want to show off their interior better.  Failing that there's always the dremel.

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If you've been wondering why i's called the 915R then wonder no more.  It's because the PSU is located at the rear.  Designed to take Mini-ITX boards the location of the PSU above the rear mounted Mini-ITX board severely limits the max cooler height to 80mm.  Do bear in mind though that this case does not have a front I/O and as such no power button.  The PSU mount is made available so that should you wish to swap the I/O from the main case, or perhaps purchase an extra to form a self contained case you can.  The point though of this 915R as we'll see later is storage or water cooling, making the rear PSU mount largely unnecessary.  Still, it's nice to have the option.

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Underneath the case we again find both grommeted and un grommeted cable and tubing routing holes along with four screws that will enable us to remove the internal HDD rack

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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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