In today’s review, we’ll look at Cooler Master’s HAF XB EVO. Now I attempted to get Cooler Master to submit this case for evaluation. I pleaded with them! I must have filled out their “Review Request” form 15 million times, but I never received a response.
That’s fine, Cooler Master! I took control of the situation! I requested the HAF XB EVO for Christmas!
The HAF XB EVO is advertised as a LAN box as well as a test bench. However, I want to use it to create a home theatre PC (yeah, I realize it’s large for an HTPC, but I don’t care!)
In actuality, you may utilize the HAF XB EVO for any build you choose. It has enough space to house a full high-end system, handles to function as a LAN box, and detachable side/top panels to function as a test bench.
We can anticipate a highly robust design that maximizes airflow and cooling choices from Cooler Master’s High Airflow line of cases. Does it keep this promise? To discover out, you’ll have to read the review!
|ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX|
|Build Material||Steel, Polymer, Mesh Front Bezel|
|Dimensions||L 423 x W 442 x H 330mm|
· A detachable motherboard tray.
· The wide hole on the motherboard tray facilitates the installation of CPU coolers with large mounting backplates.
· This case’s carrying handles make it a feasible alternative for LAN players.
· This case’s removable top and side panels making it an excellent choice for a test bench.
· There are several cooling options, including different radiator locations.
· Airflow is excellent.
· There are several hooks to aid with cable management.
· Two X-Dock slots in the case’s front.
The HAF XB EVO is delivered in a big cube-style package. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the package is attractive.
The box has two carrying handles, which is convenient for the UPS guy–and for the trek from your doorstep to your game room.
The case is advertised as a LAN box and a test bench, as previously stated. And, as indicated on the box, this is the HAF XB’s upgraded EVO version. The packaging also states that the case has two Durable XtraFlo Fans from Cooler Master, as well as front USB 3.0 ports, two X-Dock bays, and compatibility for up to four 3.5′′ drives.
This is the mesh top version of the case; there is also a windowed panel variant (though they seem harder to find.) If you decide you desire a windowed top in the future, you can always buy the windowed panel directly from Cooler Master.
When we open the box, we see that Cooler Master took the effort to preserve the case. On both sides of the case, there are two big Styrofoam covers that keep it firmly in place and provide some cushioning. A plastic cover also protects the casing.
Overall, the packing is precisely what you’d expect from a reputable case maker.
Examining the Situation
The cooler Master’s HAF case series is one of my favorites. I use the HAF X Blue version in my primary setup. I enjoy the way they appear and feel, and I appreciate how robust and well-made they are.
The same may be said about the HAF XB EVO.
A big mesh grill is located on the front of the casing, and two 120mm fans are located behind it. You may update these fans to 140mm fans if you like.
The drive bay slots simply come out (as seen in the video), and the two X-Dock bays make it simple to transfer hard drives in and out.
There are also two USB 3.0 ports on the front, which is convenient, as well as the normal power, reset, microphone, and headphone jacks.
Both side panels of the case are detachable and include very robust handles as well as huge ventilation spaces.
The ventilation space is especially useful on the expansion slot side of the case since it helps to expel some of the heat generated by your video card.
Another thing to note about the side panels is that by removing them and evaluating their strength, you can see how strong this case is.
Aside from the front panel, this casing is entirely made of steel. It’s also rather thick. While this makes it a little heavier for a LAN box, also makes it much more robust if anything comes into substantial touch with it.
When you go to the rear of the case, you’ll notice that everything is quite typical. There are several more fan options, seven expansion slots, some ventilation, and room for the I/O panel.
The protruded power supply mounting bracket and radiator knockouts are two features that stick out on the back of the case.
Obviously, radiator knockouts are useful since they allow you to install a radiator!
The protruded power supply mounting bracket is useful because it allows the power supply to extend further out the rear of the case, allowing for more space for cable management on the inside.
After finishing up on the outside of the case, we can have a look at the top. There isn’t much to say about the top except that it, too, is detachable and that you can put a huge 200mm fan on the mesh grill.
It is essential to remember, however, that without a fan, you may install a CPU cooler as tall as 180mm. You will be slightly constrained with a fan fitted. Of course, if you use this case as a test bench and remove the top, you may install a CPU cooler that reaches your ceiling!
What this unit contributes to the table
This case is a lot of things. It may function as a LAN box, a test bench, an HTPC case (which I’m doing! ), or just a gaming computer case.
The HAF XB EVO blends Cooler Master’s High Airflow design with a unique cube-shaped body, and the result is amazing in my view.
Furthermore, this instance is overburdened with features. To begin with, the overall build quality is great.
Though there are better and more precisely built LAN boxes and test benches available, the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO may meet either need.
This case, in my opinion, would have been better advertised as a “All-Purpose Case.” I’m not sure whether there is such a thing as an all-purpose case –please note that I patented the phrase in case it was invented by someone else–but if there is, the HAF XB EVO would be it.
The bottom line is that this case is well-made, has enough room to construct a high-end system, is designed for maximum cooling, and is highly flexible. For these reasons, I award the HAF XB EVO with our Beast Gaming Case and Innovation awards, and I strongly suggest it to anybody seeking an excellent all-around case.