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Cooler Master HAF Stacker Case Review

hornybluecow    -   October 16, 2013
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935:

Testing a chassis requires the computer to stay at idle and load for one hour. Doing so will give you an idea of what your computer may be like under stress. Normally your computer will not be running this hot, but we do not all live in cold weather or do similar things. Therefore, a full stress test can give people the idea of what it can handle and whether or not heat gets trapped over time. The case is left with stock features to give you an idea of the temperatures without the need for extra fans. It's almost guaranteed to have a slight drop in temperature when more fans are added, but that will not be covered unless noted. I will be using Prime95 "small FFTs" for the CPU load and 3Dmark Vantage "Extreme preset" for GPU for one hour. After an hour the temperatures are recorded using HWMonitor in Celsius (°C).

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It is hard not to notice the temperatures for the HAF 935 are not very good; it's like having an elephant in the room and no one wants to say a word. The reasons for the high temps all around is because of the lack of fans. Cooler Master already stated that it believes customers will outright replace the fans before even giving the pre-installed ones a try. While this has some truth to it, I do not see why it didn't at least include another cheap fan in front. I did a little test on my own and found using a front fan dropped the temps about 3-5 °C overall. This chassis is very large and needs more than just two fans. Lastly, looking at idle temperatures, those are a little high but not much of a problem.




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