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Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:52 am

Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

The HAF Xb LAN Box Chassis is the newest addition to the Cooler Master line of enthusiast PC cases. The CM HAF Xb was designed with transportation and open bench testing in mind and the end result is a new form factor! The HAF Xb can look like a normal case one second and then be quickly converted into an open air test bench with the removal of the side and top panels. Read on to see if this $99.99 case has the features you need!

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The HAF XB is what I would like to call innovative. Cooler Master incorporates some of the best capabilities of three different types of chassis into one neat clean looking chassis design with the HAF XB. These three types of chassis designs are...


Article Title: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby bubba » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:55 am

Could be a replacement for my Lian Li PC-V354B :-k

What is the L x W x H?
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Kaos Kid » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:33 am

Nice case! But then again, I am partial to cube-style cases :P
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Major_A » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:03 am

I like the idea of compartmentalizing sections of the computer. Hopefully this design sells well and other manufacturers follow suit with their own designs. The more the merrier!
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:34 am

bubba wrote:Could be a replacement for my Lian Li PC-V354B :-k

What is the L x W x H?


Here are the full specs. Not sure why Ray didn't include them in the article, but here you go:

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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:46 am

It's wide, but looks cool with LED fans!

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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Kaos Kid » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:56 am

Its only 1.7" deeper than my UltraFly mATX case, and it can go full ATX all the way down to flex- and mini-itx! Talk about versatility in a small (ish) footprint =D> I'll be watching for sales on these.
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby bubba » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:09 am

jeabous 17" square.. thats twice as wide and an inch taller than my PC-V354B.

was hoping it was a little smaller than that. oh well.
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:26 pm

bubba wrote:jeabous.... that's twice as wide and an inch taller than my...


You said it!
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Kaos Kid » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:48 pm

bwahahahahahahaha! bazinga!
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby bubba » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:21 pm

](*,) :finga:
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby FZ1 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:38 pm

I don't see how that makes for a nice test bench for frequently swapping out parts. Still seems like a lot of removing pieces, etc.

This would be a lot better - http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6664
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:38 am

yeah, but the Cooler Master CL-001 is pretty much EOL these days and ~$120
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby buggers » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:51 pm

I have a question that I beleive was not covered in your Review.

Is the Chassis stackable? The hump on the top looks like it would fit between the feet on
the bottom of the Chassis; thus allowing one to stack two or more on top of each other.

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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby INeedAFnSuffix » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:17 am

I have always loved and wanted a HAF case but the 932 and 922 were just were too huge for me ... although the XB is nice but really ... it's simple but like the rest of the HAFs awesome airflow great serious industrial look
Nice case! (I'm getting a 912 Combat for my 2013 Trinity build, i might even hold on for the next gen fusion)
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Re: Cooler Master HAF XB Lan Box and Test Bench Case Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:15 am

buggers wrote:I have a question that I beleive was not covered in your Review.

Is the Chassis stackable? The hump on the top looks like it would fit between the feet on
the bottom of the Chassis; thus allowing one to stack two or more on top of each other.

PS: Thanks for doing these Reviews and a great Website.


Just got this response from Cooler Master USA:

It is not meant to be stackable.
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