Originally Posted by CTM Audi
After having this and the HAF-X, I got to say if you are using a big water setup, the HAF-X is much easier to use. Both have their issues, but I think I like the HAF-X more. I managed to fit all my drives and a 3x120 at the top with push/pull. Couldnt do that with even a 2x120 rad in the Trooper. Plus only having 3 5.25 bays really wasnt a good idea.
I still stand by the Trooper being best for AIO water kits or air. Its more of a "proffesional" style server type case. The one that someone with a socket 2011 setup and tons of drives would want. I think the HAF-X is more of the gamers/OCers case though.
Probably. The Storm Trooper fits 8 3.5" or 2.5" drives, plus if you keep the bottom mount, 4x 2.5" drives.
On the plus side, you can fit a 240 radiator on the bottom, something not possible without modification in the HAF-X.
There are advantages and drawbacks to both.
Advantages of HAF-X
- Bigger, more room to work with inside
- Top is more water cooling friendly (360-radiator), fans can be mounted on top
- 4x 5.25" (6 with hot swap removed)
- Side has fan filters (albeit crappy ones that need replacement)
- More drive bays
- Although stock, the HAF-X wins with cooling performance, the Storm Trooper has more fan upgrade options. Plus there are good 120mm fans, like the Gentle Typhoons and Cougar Vortex PWM - the best 200mm are all sleeve bearing)
- Fan controller I guess
- Handle I guess could come in handy
- I like the rubberized coating
Otherwise, they are both decent cases.
- USB 3.0 (2 in front; wish it was 4 for future compatibility like on the Lian Li cases)
- Cable management options
- Hot swap
- Plenty of room for XL-ATX motherboards
- Good for air cooling
As far as cases go, for under $200 as I say, it's gonna be hard to find a better full tower.Edited by CrazyElf - 12/18/11 at 8:57pm