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Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 2, 2012 6:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Chassis

 

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The front of the HAF XM has block-like, chunky, plastic sides that flank the front I/O panel, the mesh covers for the ODD bays and X-Dock bays and the large intake area also covered with mesh.

 

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The front I/O panel offers USB 2.0, a headphone and microphone 3.5mm jack and USB 3.0 connectivity on the right.

 

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The sticker on the X-Dock bays reminds you to remove this pair of trays before trying to remove the front bezel. If you don't, you will pull out the drive trays as the panel is pulled and if you have a disc in there, it could end badly.

 

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The top of the chassis starts with a light switch, power and reset buttons with a storage bin right behind it. As for the two mesh areas at the back of the top…

 

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... It is removable with the removal of a thumbscrew in the back. CM sends a 200mm fan in here from the factory, but they do spec this area to allow for a dual 140mm radiator as the largest you can run in this area with the provided mounting holes.

 

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The left side has a large bump-out to allow room for both the fans that can optionally be installed here and not have them rubbing on the sides of you triple video card setups. There is also a handle that releases this panel, but you have to take out a pair of thumbscrews in the back first to make this handle useful.

 

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At the very top you can see the screw that allows you to remove the top, just above the tubing and wiring pass-through holes. Below the 140mm fan is an 8+1 configuration of the slots to give you options along with multi card configurations.

 

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The right side of the chassis has the same bump out, so that you can really stack up the wiring and the panel will just swallow up just about anything you can want to run behind the motherboard tray.

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