Cooler Master HAF XM review: Cooler Master HAF XM

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Manages to be aggressive without being gaudy. Quiet operation. Lots of fan options, includes 3x 200mm fans. Bay at the top for random pieces. Room to move.

The Bad Thumbscrew to release top is a bit too close to skeleton of the case, making it difficult to remove. 5.25-inch bay covers can be fiddly. 3.5-inch drive bays can't be removed without drilling out rivets.

The Bottom Line We like the HAF XM; at AU$149, it gives you huge bang for buck, is well constructed and supports a variety of builds. Recommended.

CNET Editors' Choice Oct '12

Despite being the mid tower version of the HAF X, the HAF XM is still quite imposing. Available with or without a window, it's a steel and plastic monster that manages to be aggressive, but not gaudy.

The top of the case features a bay area into which you can drop random things: screws while working on your rig, USB keys and the like. It's got a rubber base that can be easily removed for cleaning, since dust and particles are going to collect there pretty easily.

Just in front, you'll find a giant hexagonal power button; to the right is a reset button, and to the left is the button to switch off the front fan's red LED. The LED is dull enough not to be offensive, and tends to be atmospheric rather than over the top, with Cooler Master once again managing to escape the gaudy path for something more subtle.

(Credit: Craig Simms)

The top of the case is also removable (although the thumbscrew holding it in place is too close to the skeleton of the chassis, meaning that you may need a screwdriver), with two 200mm fans underneath. Remove these, and you've got the opportunity to mount three 120mm or three 140mm fans. Those who are thinking of water cooling have 35mm between the board and the top of the case, and another 35mm between the skeleton of the case and the top cover.

There's something epic about 200mm fans.
(Credit: Craig Simms)

The front panel gives you two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and headphone and microphone jacks — a fairly standard complement.

(Credit: Craig Simms)

The entire panel is also removable once you take out the two 3.5-inch hot-swap bays, and the 200mm LED fan underneath can be replaced with either a 2 x 120mm, 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm set-up. The 5.25-inch bay covers need to be pushed in rather than out to remove, which can be fiddly.

Taking out the hot-swap bays allows you to remove the front panel.
(Credit: Craig Simms)

The case with the front panel removed.
(Credit: Craig Simms)

The rear features three circular grommets on the back, two of 25mm in diameter and one of 13mm in diameter. There's also a 140mm extraction fan here.

(Credit: Craig Simms)

The business side of the case can be removed via latch, although it also comes with thumbscrews if you choose to keep things secured that way. The opposite side is simply held in place by thumbscrews.

 

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Where to Buy

Cooler Master HAF XM

Part Number: CNETCooler Master HAF XM

Typical Price: $149.00

See manufacturer website for availability.