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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

The Build and Final Product




As it was suggested, I removed the X-Dock trays and removed the front bezel to gain access to the bay covers and I noticed the intake has a dust filter mounted inside the bezel. You can also see the PCB and the SATA power planes.




With my SSD in the X-Dock and the DVD drive installed it doesn't take too much from the overall design of the front of the chassis. However, I must say, the use of a paper sticker on the X-Dock cover was a pain to remove as it doesn't come off very nicely at all.




With an ATX motherboard in this chassis it looks like this should be a full tower case with the amount of room left over inside. I removed the top half of the hard drive cage just to show you the enormous potential to fit extremely long video cards in here with no issues at all.




Since looking at the rear of the case is pretty self-explanatory, I will take this time to say that CM also states that you can hang a 120mm radiator where the 140mm fan currently resides.




The wire management was really easy to get under control with thirteen places to tie to and six total holes to pass wires through, four with grommets and the large area behind the HDD assembly to run your wiring. I did also add the 2.5" drive, just for show though as it is not connected.




How this works is the tabs on the other side of this drive have pins in them to set into the mounting holes of the drive. Once that is done, lay the drive flat and add a screw or two to the tabs on this side to secure it into place.




The HAF XM is all back together and besides the DVD showing through the bezel now, the chassis looks the same as it does out of the box. Now we just need to add some power and see and hear what happens.




The light on the power button denotes the PC activity, while the light above the fan switch denotes their on or off state. The light above the reset button is for HDD activity, but booting an SSD you have to be fast to get that light in an image.




From the front of the chassis the only light you will see is the subtle glow of red LEDs from the intakes fan. With the lights having a switch, even this can be turned off and the chassis will just have the power button lit and the occasional flicker of the HDD LED to be seen at all.

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