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Coolermaster HAF XB LAN Box/Test Bench Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. External Impressions Part 1
  4. External Impressions Part 2
  5. Internal Impressions Part 1
  6. Internal Impressions Part 2
  7. Installation Impressions and Observations
  8. Conclusion
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CM provided 2.5” rails so that you can slide the 2.5” SSDs inside.

The base section’s cable management and installation had to be done at first.

IMG_2757 As said before, power supplies like Corsair’s TX series power supplies does create a bit of a mess between the hot-swap PCB. Individually sleeved and modular power supplies wouldn’t have this problem. But if you are using power supplies as long as 18-20cm with such cables, you may end up in a situation where you’ll require the second rev version of the PCB. The cables that you don’t require to use can be tied down very nicely. What I would like to is that the HDD hot-swap bay should have some way of installing a fan to keep those mechanical drives cool.

For an X-Dock design, maybe CM could design an equivalent of Lian Li’s EX-H22 hot-swap HDD mount. Then again, if the case was tall enough to have an option mount 120mm instead of 80mm, you could also have space to mount 3-4 HDD bay slots.

Yeah yeah, so there will always be “ifs” and “buts”, but then getting a 80mm to cool the lower section of the case via pull configuration and no front fans for the HDD could lead to skepticism with certain interested end-users, especially by users in countries known to have hot-and-humid conditions and to make things worse, not getting a decent enough 80mm fan. 120mm fans are commonly available everywhere.

If you’re looking for 80mm fans, there are few: Artic Cooling’s Artic F8 PWM fan, Noctua’s NF-R8 80mm fan, Few fans from Panaflo and Delta followed by Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M8-S1 80mm fan.

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There is enough space between the tray and the front panel, so you should be able to install thick 240mm radiators.

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Cable tie clips helps to reduce the cable clutters down to a minimum even with TX750 power supply, but if you are planning on modular/individually sleeved power supplies with 240mm watercooling rig, you’ll have an excellent time with the cable management.

On the other hand, I wish CM provided better fans on the front. But, like many system enthusiasts and n00bs, you’ll probably replace them with better 120mm fans.

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