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.
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.
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.