Usually when we get a chassis to test at TweakTown, they are standalone units, but today we are going at things a bit different for the release of Cooler Master's new HAF Stacker chassis. We of course will be bringing you the much larger components to this completed stack of cases, but at this moment we are having a look at the smaller add-on component to this design. Truly allowing cases to stack on top of each other brings forth a few ideas that I know a lot of high-end users in cramped spaces could appreciate. Even for those with a ton of room, the new HAF Stacker when fully assembled is large enough to hold its own in any room, and demand attention from anyone who sees it.
Here the chassis is designed to be added on to either the top or bottom of the rest of the HAF Stacker kit, or you can simply use the chassis as-is with any Mini-ITX motherboard. The chassis offers all the things we would find in any other chassis like drive bays, blacked out chassis wiring, wire management, and plenty of room for full sized cards and power supplies. What may throw you off your game a bit with this design, is that it is also designed to be able to be stripped of all of the things that makes a chassis, and will then allow users to also strap in a couple of triple radiators and use this chassis as a water cooling pedestal.
Those who actively look for these sort of a components either mod something to suit their needs or go with one of the few offerings on the market that allow specifically the ability to use them as a pedestal, but when you leave water cooling, the pedestals are usually worthless, but with the chassis we are about to see, you can just add back in the components and un-stack this section and use it as a standalone SFF chassis.
The HAF Stacker 915F we are about to look at has one key letter in the title to help customers get the right components they are looking for. The 915F offers a front mounted power supply. There is also a brother to this chassis the HAF Stacker 915R, which obviously has a rear mounted power supply, but comes as part of the much larger HAF Stacker 935 that we will also be showing off soon enough.
From what I gather, both of the smaller chassis will be available for use as a normal SFF chassis, but for sure the 915R comes with the other larger kit, and to get the 915F we are about to get into, you will need to make a separate purchase to complete the trio of sections that the HAF Stacker as a whole is designed to allow for.