Cooler Master HAF Stacker Case Reviewhornybluecow - October 16, 2013
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Cooler Master HAF Stacker: 935 Closer Look:
Once unwrapped, the HAF 935 comes in two parts. The first being an altered version of the 915F covered later in this review, and the main full tower chassis. The naming scheme is simple: F stands for front mounted power supply while R (the 915R is included with the 935) is rear mounted. The small chassis can be placed under or above the main chassis with the ability to house a full ITX computer or assortment of water cooling options. Looking at the front of the 915R, you have a single 5.25" bay without any USB or I/O buttons, but with a removable bezel for upgrades. Cooler Master has stated that the I/O can be replaced with new tech as it comes out and sold under accessories. In this case you would need to purchase it to allow the 915R to function like a Mini-ITX as nothing is included by default. It is interesting to note that on Cooler Master's website, the specification sheet lists the 915R to have a power button and USB ports. It is possible the included chassis with the 935 does not, while a 915R sold as standalone does. At the back you have have an optional top mounted power supply and ITX motherboard placement. Looking at both sides you can see the length is 22 inches (578mm) allowing for two triple radiators, one on each side.
Flip the chassis over and you will find a gap for cables and water tubes to connect between the cases. This is something I would have liked to see as a large removable cover to allow more freedom in wire management. Next, the top isn't vastly different than other chassis, in that the top mesh comes off. The difference here is that the mesh is held in place by the new rail system Cooler Master created for the Stacker series. Simply remove two screws from both sides and the panel sides out. Afterwards you can slide another Stacker chassis on top or slide the panel back on once the work is completed.
Removing the front panel was much easier than other cases, thanks to large clips on both sides. Other chassis' require plastic pins to push, which I've never liked much; this one came out on the first try. Once the front panel is removed you will see a small 92mm fan . This fan will most likely have little to no effect on airflow in such a large vented chassis, but it's the thought that counts.
Once you have removed the four screws from the rails, the top panel slides off. This will be the main way to install anything other than a radiator. Keep in mind though, without an I/O button included, the ability to use this chassis as an ITX setup requires some out of the box thinking.