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Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Enclosure Review

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Installation

Standard ATX Motherboard

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The Cooler Master HAF XM enclosure is designed to accommodate Micro-ATX, ATX and E-ATX motherboards.  To see how things line up we installed a standard ATX motherboard.  There is a large cutout behind the CPU socket area and the HAF XM uses threaded standoffs to mount the motherboard. The motherboard slid into position easily and mated up with the standoffs and rear I/O opening as expected.

Graphic Adapter

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The HAF XM enclosure can easily accommodate one or more high-end 10.5” long graphics adapters.  Even one of the longer video cards will fit; up to 13.9” (or up to 18.2” long if you remove the upper HDD cage trays and side panel)!  The video card I installed lined up perfectly with the expansion slot opening and had plenty of available cooling air.  Note: Expansion cards are held in place with easy to reach screws and not some flimsy plastic quick-release clip.

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Power Supply

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The HAF XM enclosure is designed to mount a standard ATX style power supply at the bottom.  The power supply dropped easily into position, sits securely on two rubber mounting pads, and is secured with four screws on the backside panel.  The power supply can be mounted either with the fan up to pull air out of the case or with the fan down. The mesh covered opening on the bottom of the case allows outside air into the PSU when the PSU is mounted with its intake fan down.

External Drive Bays

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The front 5.25” drive bay covers must be removed before a 5.25” ODD or bay device can be mounted.  Each drive or bay device then slides in from the front and is secured by sliding the tool-less locking mechanism into the LOCKED position, which engages two small metal pins into the side of the drive’s mounting holes.

Internal Hard Disc Drives

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Both the internal HDD cage and front mounted X-Dock bays use slide-out trays to mount the actual HDD.  The internal HDD and X-Dock trays are slightly different but function in the same way.  The plastic tray frame flexes enough to slip a drive into position and is then held in place by four rubber grommet isolated metal pins.  The trays proved very easy to use and require no tools – very nice.
 

August 19, 2012 | 02:13 AM - Posted by Freshie

Great review. Keep these Tower/Enclosure Reviews coming

August 20, 2012 | 07:20 PM - Posted by TigerClaw (not verified)

Great review but, I think they neglected to mention about that the button where the PSU would be facing down, Has a removable Dust Filter that cannot be remove unless you remove the PSU entirely.

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August 21, 2012 | 01:13 PM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla (not verified)

great review, you guys overlooked the fact the how HAF-XM has latches only on one side-panel and other one has thumb screws. Also in order to remove the front panel, both the X-docks need to be removed which is a real shame considering how good CM has implemented hot-swap HDD bays on their other cases.

August 21, 2012 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Lou (not verified)

Good case, but for $110 you can get a nice Corsair case as well.

September 26, 2012 | 05:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I have a Corsair 500r and I have had nothing but trouble with the front panel connectors. I am about to replace it for the second time under warranty.

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