Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 1)

The HAF XM hits our labs; have a look at the latest in mid-tower creations from Cooler Master.
| May 2, 2012 at 1:16 am CDT
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Cooler Master



It has been quite some time since I have seen a new mid-tower design from Cooler Master and to be honest, this may be the best mid-tower design of them all. Cooler Master dug back into their history of chassis designs, stuck with a top selling chassis series and rolled it all together into a package that shows they really stepped up their game with the release of this chassis.

Don't get me wrong, it isn't like this is a completely new build from the ground up. If you look around this latest release both inside and out, you will see traces of the full-tower HAF 932 and HAF-X, as well as even hints of the CM 690 II in this design. Just to elaborate a bit, this new chassis offers things like an 8+1 expansion card configuration, just like the 690 II. You get a PSU wiring cover like that found in the HAF-X and of course the original HAF 932 is what started the line-up. Even this newest version has hints in the exterior design that lends to the original concept yet are changed enough not to look like a WWII gas can.

The HAF XM from Cooler Master definitely has its roots deep in the history of Cooler Master's designs, but they still managed to make this a design that can stand on its own in an already very crowded market place. Something else most of us have come to know from Cooler Master and that is that the pricing of most if not all of their mid-tower pricing is super competitive. With tons of decisions on the plate for mid-tower purchases, hopefully when I am done, you can see where the HAF XM ranks on your list of pro's and con's; my guess is that this chassis will be right up at the top of your list.

That being said, let's go over the specifications so we can see what this new case is going to cost you to own the latest mid-tower from Cooler Master.

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