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Cooler Master HAF XB - LAN Box Redefined

By Martin James David - 15 Feb 2013
Launch SRP: PhP5000

Physique and Features (Exterior)

Redesigning the LAN Box Form Factor

Cooler Master has recently launched its latest addition to its High Air Flow (HAF) series casing lineup. Carrying the same design philosophy of providing great air flow inside the casing, the new HAF XB is sure to make a buzz in the market thanks to its unique LAN box or test bench form factor. 

Unboxing the HAF XB, we see a black boxy chassis with the HAF line's notable features such as the meshed front and top panel, and holes on its rear and sides for good air flow. As for overall exterior design and build, it feels really rigid due to its almost all steel body. 

The HAF XB comes in a full color box with all the features and details laid around the packaging.

Focusing on its front panel, we see that the HAF XB is inspired by the design of a test bench. The casing comes with two 5.25-inch drive bays and two X-Dock hot swap bays that are located below. Above the 5.25-inch drive bays, you have your front panel I/O with two USB 3.0 ports, audio jacks, and the usual power and reset buttons. The mesh on the front panel with the CM logo acts as the case’s intake as it houses two 120mm fans.

Being part of the HAF series, we see the same mesh plus intake fan design for its front panel.

You get two easily accessible 5.25-inch drive bay below your front panel I/O.

Beside the 5.25-inch bays, there are two slots for Cooler Master's renowned X-Dock hot-swap bays to house two 3.5- or 2.5-inch hard drives. These offer easy and painless installation because of their slide-and-lock mechanism.

Going behind, we have seven PCI slots, two 80mm and one 120mm fan mounts, and a protruding PSU cage. The only fan filter is found beneath the case which is for the PSU. It might have been better if Cooler Master also provided filters for the front panel and made the holes on the sides smaller so as to not allow too much dust inside the case. But thanks to its easily removable top and side panels, cleaning the system should be easy.

Extra fan mounts (1x 120mm and 2x 80mm), PSU bay, seven PCI slots, and water cooling holes are found on the casing's rear.

On to its side, we have holes for airflow and side handles for easy handling and carrying of the case.

An optional 200mm fan can be put on top. There's also a windowed version of the HAF XB where the mesh is replaced by a clear acrylic window.

A removable and washable fan filter can be found underneath the case. The screws for the HDD cage can also be found here.