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Cooler Master HAF XB Review



Testing the Cooler Master HAF XB required pushing my hardware to heat things up as much as possible. Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Recently, OCC upgraded to the ForceGT 240GB SSD from Corsair and has removed the HDD temps from case reviews. Thus, HDTune is no longer a part of the case benchmarking process.

Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs along with 3DMark Vantage looping for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise noted.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Cases:










The temperatures for this case were a bit surprising but somehow not all that surprising at the same time. With the open nature of the case I had expected low temperatures, but where is what surprised me a little more. I was expecting GPU temperatures to be a little better than the "average" middle of the pack – but adding an additional rear fan would likely make that happen. CPU temps were warm for the racket the front fans make but still not disappointing. The chipset on the other hand was phenomenal! This impressive result is likely due to the additional cooling across the backside of the motherboard tray (where most cases have little to no airflow) from the front panels fans. Overall, it did great! I can't wait to start benching with no panels!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: (The Case)
  3. Closer Look: (Working Components)
  4. Specifications and Features
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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