As most of you might know HAF stands for
High Airflow which implicates that Cooler Masters makes use of
components that allow for an increased airflow compared to cases from
other manufacturers. Therefore it's a small wonder that you'll find big
areas which have been built from perforated metal. One doesn't really
need to take a closer look at the front to see that it has been
optimized for the two 120 millimeter fans which have been placed right
behind it. Well visible at this point are the two USB 3.0 ports and the
power and reset button. Furthermore there is the connector for the
headphone and microphone.
Basically the HAF XB offers two floors to
put your hardware. In the ground floor you can find a hot swap cage,
which is able to carry two 3.5 inch or two 2.5 inch drives. Right next
there are two bays for 5.25 inch optical drives. Shifting you focus more
towards the back of the case reveals the second hard drive cage, which
is only capable of handling 2.5 inch drives. Furhtermore in this part of
the case you find the space for the power supply. A closer look at the
first floor shows that there is plenty of space for your motherboard as
well as your other precious hardware.
If you're familiar with hard drive carriages from Cooler Master than
you're aware, that you had to bend them to place a hard drive. Nowadays
there is click mechanism to put the drives into the cage. You can move
the left side of the carriage so there is more space and afterwards you
simply slide it back and that's it.
to the usual slot bezels, of which you're going to find seven in this case, there is
space for two 80 millimeter fans, which has been placed on the right
hand side of the PSU. Basically the back of this case is quite
unspectacular. Both side panels as well as the top cover are being kept
in place by two thumbscrews each. In the case of our sample one
screw thread wasn't perfectly manufactured but we think that the final
product will be flawless. One thing we don't understand is the fact that
there are seven slot bezels instead of eight. In case of a testbench the
likelihood that somebody is going to install four dual slot graphics
cards is high compared to a standard ATX midi tower, therefore we would
have expected to find eight bezels with this case.
Was mir im Rahmen dieses Tests definitiv fehlt, sind Angaben dazu, welche Grafikkarten verbaut werden können. Das ist bei normalen Midi Towern ja manchmal schon kritisch wegen der teilweise fest verbauten Festplattenkäfige. Insofern wäre es für potentielle Käufer - gerade weil explizit darauf eingegangen wird, das richtig große Kühler verbaubar sind - schon interessant, wenn man erfahren würde, wie groß die Grafikkarten sein dürfen.