Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case ReviewTue, Nov 13, 2012 - 12:00 AM
The HAF XB Interior Thoughts
The top and both left and right side panels are removable, and requires us to remove all of these in order for us to remove the front bezel. Once all of the panels are removed we get a better idea of how Cooler Master compartmentalizes the HAF XB into an upper compartment, and a lower compartment. We are looking at the PSU side of the HAF XB, directly in front of the PSU mounting area are the hot swappable HDD/SSD carriers.
The only thing that concerns me is the amount of room on the PSU side of the HAF XB. Granted the PSU will be sitting slightly farther back, but I got a feeling things may be a bit tight. Time will only tell how things fit.
Cooler Master does include two 120mm front intake fans. We also have the option of installing two 140mm front intake fans if needed.
Looking at the 5.25” bay side of the HAF XB. Directly behind the 2.5” bays are where we can install up to four 2.5” HDD/SSDs into this chassis.
Cooler Master uses a tool-less 5.25” bay locking mechanism. This are really simple to operate and do not need an explanation on their operation.
A better look at the 2.5” HDD/SSD cage.
The motherboard will be installed into a removable motherboard tray. Cooler Master also puts a large CPU cutout into the tray.
There are four small thumb screws that secure the removable motherboard tray to the main chassis of the HAF XB.
Once all of the thumbscrews have been removed, the tray just lifts right out.
And we get a better look at the overall layout of the lower compartment of the HAF XB.
On the hot-swappable 2.5/3.5” HDD/SSD carriers Cooler Master uses a Molex with two SATA connectors.
Looking at the included front IO connectors of the HAF XB.
Out of curiosity I wondered if I could mount a 240mm radiator up towards the front of the HAF XB. As we can see the HAF XB has more than enough room to handle a fairly thick type of radiator with ease.
All of the edges of the HAF XB chassis were all rounded off enough to keep me cutting my hands and arms up as I made my way around the entire interior of this chassis.