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Cooler Master HAF XB

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Closer look at the exterior

Granted the XB is smaller than many full-size towers volume-wise. The case measure 17.4” wide, 13” tall and 16.7” deep. CM states that is large enough to support 3-way GPU setups using the longest of video cards. The XB when completely empty weights just over 18 lbs.

The HAF XB is geared toward several genres of PC builders and it looks the part from the outside. The case has all the classic markings of the other cases in the HAF product line. The mixture of metal mesh, plastic and steel is true to the lineup visually.

The top half of the front of the XB is all mesh and where all the cooling is bought into the case. The XB case support and comes with two 120mm intake fans. If the user wanted to he/she can replace them with 140mm blowers. We can go as far as to say the case will support rads of the same total size.

The lower half is all about drives. The lower left is comprised of two optical drive bays while the right is dedicated to two hot-swap 3.5” bays. This is the ideal situation because many people who this case is geared toward would probably use solid state drives instead of mechanical ones. But in case you need to the option is there.

At the halfway point of the front fascia are the I/O ports which consist of two USB 3.0 and two audio jacks. There are your typical power and reset buttons as well.

Each of the side panels is identical as there are large areas for venting and two plastic handles for carrying the case from one place to another.

The top half of the XB's rear does resemble that of a mid-tower turned on its side. There are seven expansion slots with vented covers and place for a 120mm fan which is not included with the case. Beneath is the power supply location and two spots for two 80mm fans. Yes, I did say that…80mm fans.

Here we have the bottom of the case. The small loops you see here is for securing loose cables. A removable dust filter is used to keep the PSU fan clean and operational. Along the sides are opening for air intake.

The top panel has a large metal mesh with rubber grommets in all four corners to support installation of a 200mm fan.