Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Cooler Master HAF-XB Chassis Detailed

On Monday, gaming PC builder CyberPowerPC blurted out pictures of a fascinating new cubical case from Cooler Master. The case turns out to be the HAF-XB. Measuring 442(W) x 330(H) x 423(D)mm, the case supports ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX motherboards, and features a compartmentalized design. The motherboard tray is arranged on the top compartment, along the plane of the base. The top compartment is spacious enough for CPU coolers that are 180 mm tall, and graphics cards that are 334 mm long. Two 120 mm front intake fans and a 120 mm rear spinner maintain positive air pressure within the compartment.

The bottom half of the case is dedicated to storage and PSU bays. These include two 3.5-inch hotswap SATA caddies, which can be internally converted to six 2.5-inch bays, and two 5.25-inch drive bays. In addition to the push-pull fans of the top compartment, the case features a 200 mm top exhaust, and provision for two 80 mm rear exhaust fans. The case is expected to be priced at US $100. Find a complete review at the source.

Source: Benchmark Reviews
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40 Comments on Cooler Master HAF-XB Chassis Detailed

#1
james888
I certainly like the form factor. Imagine if they made space for dual 240mm rads in the top. Something like the phobya extreme 480.
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james888
by: t77snapshot
Excellent find james :rockout: I could defenitily mod this to the top panel. ;)
Nice find? I knew it existed. They also have a 1080 rad. I absolutelly love my 550d but I will be moving around a lot the next few years and want something a bit easier to cary yet able to be just as powerful. This particular case has caught my eye.
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t77snapshot
by: james888
Nice find? I knew it existed. They also have a 1080 rad. I absolutelly love my 550d but I will be moving around a lot the next few years and want something a bit easier to cary yet able to be just as powerful. This particular case has caught my eye.
I meant nice find for me lol:o

I was just thinking of a full square rad mounted at the top when your post popped up! sorry for my confusing choice of words, I just got excited in that moment.:p
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#5
TRWOV
by: t77snapshot
The HAF XB has arrived at the Egg !!!! COOLER MASTER HAF XB RC-902XB-KKN1 Black Steel bod... :toast:



Cooler Master will be featuring "windowed side panels" to purchase separately. I think it would look nice to also mod a solid windowed top panel as well, overall it would cut the acoustics down and show off your stunning hardware nicely. ;)
It would need more than side window panels to put it alongside my receiver. If they offered an HTPC version with a plain frontal panel and more drive cages you could have a powerful gaming HTPC with lots of storage capacity.

damm, I'm drooling...
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#6
james888
by: TRWOV
It would need more than side window panels to put it alongside my receiver. If they offered an HTPC version with a plain frontal panel and more drive cages you could have a powerful gaming HTPC with lots of storage capacity.

damm, I'm drooling...
Exactly. THe form factor is a great idea. I like it. Now we just need more versions for our individual uses.
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#7
ViperXTR
yeah, a matx to itx version would be nice
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t77snapshot
by: TRWOV
If they offered an HTPC version with a plain frontal panel and more drive cages
Your right about more drive bays, that is one thing I noticed about the bottom level of this case. There is plenty of room for both the psu's cables and extra hdd bays, CM could have easily utilized the space for a couple removable bays. (see pic) Instead of having a single 2.5" bay in the middle, they could have done two 3.5" bays side by side and include a 2.5" adapter.



by: ViperXTR
yeah, a matx to itx version would be nice
Oooooo an ITX version would be so sick.:pimp:
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#9
sneekypeet
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that 2.5" bays rack unscrews too! leaves room for a lot of things;)
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t77snapshot
by: sneekypeet
that 2.5" bays rack unscrews too! leaves room for a lot of things;)
Like a FAT radiator!!!! or pump!!!! OR... Oh, oh, oooooohhh...:eek: time for a new pair of britches
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#11
PopcornMachine
I would like to put a 2x80mm rad down there just do see how it worked. :D
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t77snapshot
by: PopcornMachine
I would like to put a 2x80mm rad down there just do see how it worked. :D
You know, I thought about that too, but I don't know if the price to performance ratio would be worth it. I haven't seen dual 80mm rads in yeeears!

Black Ice Micro Dual 80mm Radiator: click here :p
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#13
PopcornMachine
by: t77snapshot
You know, I thought about that too, but I don't know if the price to performance ratio would be worth it. I haven't seen dual 80mm rads in yeeears!

Black Ice Micro Dual 80mm Radiator: click here :p
I think that's the only one made. Trick is getting little fans that are not too loud.

But that's the real attraction to this case. Multiple water cooling options. :cool:

2x120 up front, 120 in the back, the 2x80 in bottom rear, and maybe a 200 on the top. :eek:
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#14
eidairaman1
by: PopcornMachine
I think that's the only one made. Trick is getting little fans that are not too loud.
Hell might aswell get Delta Fans
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t77snapshot
by: PopcornMachine
I think that's the only one made. Trick is getting little fans that are not too loud.

But that's the real attraction to this case. Multiple water cooling options. :cool:

2x120 up front, 120 in the back, the 2x80 in bottom rear, and maybe a 200 on the top. :eek:
If there were multiple radiators in a single loop, you could run it was a passive rad maybe. Or run voltage resister to lower the rpm rate of the 80mm fans? Noctua recently released an 80mil know was the NF-R8, which can run as low as 800rpm's. They are kinda pricey but would probably get the job done quitely and more efficiently then most conventional 80mm fans.
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