Cooler Master HAF XM mid-tower Case Review

Cases & PSU/Cases by leeghoofd @ 2012-07-27

Cooler Master, one of the leading case manufacturers, has recently launched their latest addition to the HAF series, the HAF XM. The HAF range targets gamers, wanting functionality, maximum hardware compatibility and excellent cooling under any circumstances. Modern high end gaming setups usually comprise multi GPU setups, big CPU coolers and likewise power supplies. Case designs have to be constantly adapted to suit the needs of its end users. Easiest solution is to opt straight for a big tower case. Having more than adequate space, ready to being stuffed with the biggest and baddest hardware available. However the size of these cases can be way out of proportion to fit under your desk. A pain in the butt to transport as they mostly weigh a ton or they are just too expensive. With the mid tower HAF series Cooler Master has addressed most of the aforementioned statements. Time to explore what the new HAF XM has to offer.

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A Closer Look

The Cooler Master HAF XM has 6 tool-less and quick removable HDD bays. But most interesting are the two hot swappable front HDD bays. One of the main drawbacks of the great Storm Trooper X-docking station was the support for only a single 2.5 inch HDDs or SSDs. Cooler Master has corrected this flaw in a neat way, by doubling the capacity and now also supporting 3.5 inch drives.

 

 

 

 

New feature also is the sliding PSU cable cover. Facilitating hiding all the cables coming out of your favourite power supply; another touch of class is that most plastic parts are labelled with the Cooler Master brand:

 

 

 

Since we are in the PSU region of the case. We don't find a commonly quick removable dust filter, but rather a mesh overlay in the inside of the case, not as practical to clean as you need to remove the PSU for proper cleaning:

 

 

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