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post #2481 of 10491
Hi HAF XB lovers,

I've had HAF Xb rev. 2 in our office for about a month, and we are gathering some suggestions on how we could do a midcycle refresh on the XB. We are keeping everything like the external dimensions and all the key features. What I would like are some suggestions on common shortcomings and modifications that you value.

These are the things we improved with the current sample I have here.

1. Changed the X-dock PCB a 3rd time from peripheral molex on a lead to SATA power
2. Added 2 x 3.5" HDD cage to replace the 4 x SSD cage
3. New plastic top panel with a top plastic cover that allows for 200mm fan plus tower cooler

Any other suggestions you post here for discussion or PM me, or both.
    
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optional flush mounted PSU
fan mounting holes on the side panels
removable front panel filter
no holes on the bottom between the feet
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post #2483 of 10491
Serious list:

-Fan mesh for two 120 or 140mm fans for the top panel.
- More cutouts to route cables and or tubes. Especially above the drive cage (5.25).
-Sata power on hot swap and a dongle would be ideal to avoid accidental (and easy) disconnections.
-120mm fan mount option on the door panels (Needs more "High Airflow" imho biggrin.gif).
-Offer a white version tongue.gif




Wishful thinking list:
-convert the 3.5 hot swap bays to 5.25. I would rather have two more 5.25 bays. I used mine up w/ a bay reservoir. A lot of water coolers opt for a dual bay reservoir as its convenient to have the res and pump in that profile. By doing four 5.25 bays, you still retain the option to mount the 3.5/2.5 drives.
post #2484 of 10491
Don't attach the 5.25 bays with rivets, use screws/nuts, and add holes to attach fan controllers securely on both sides. It sucks having one side loose, with only "pressure fingers" to hold that side steady.
 
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post #2485 of 10491
Include a USB3 to USB2 internal adapter. Maybe add a 2nd set of 2.0 ports to the front? Remove the AC'97 plug, no one uses it anymore.

A flush mount would be nice as standard with an extended one available for purchase separately, I get the feeling most people won't even need it if you're changing to a flat PCB for the howswap bays.
However, maybe make the PSU stand adjustable, its too large and if you're using a normal size PSU, it doesn't cover up the entire mount and its not taking in filtered air from the bottom, I've just taken to using a dryer sheet to fill in the space to force the PSU to take in air from the bottom; this would be fixed with a flush mounted PSU anyway so... why did I just type this? redface.gif

Making a 100% flat window top panel is more of a personal desire, the 212 Evo would fit without the indentation, but that's just me thumb.gif

Remove the holes in the bottom of the case as mentioned, they don't seem to do much aside allow small critters in... I've had a small mouse fit its way inside them, climb up onto the top of my motherboard, and fall asleep in the space between the pipes of the 212 Evo sitting atop the CPU, which I only noticed because I saw its tail going across my RAM mad.gif

A [easier to remove] front filter would be nice, surely you guys have had time to figure out something by now no? Just make the front mesh magnetized, everyone likes magnets biggrin.gif

If possible, include a quiet rear 120mm fan (and maybe make larger holes for the exhaust grill), heat gets trapped above the CPU otherwise from what I've noticed. Possibly increase the size of the lower fan mounts to 92mm (this might not be possible). Is there a way you could work in a fan mount to the hotswap bays? Running dual 7200 drives in there would cause problems because there's NO way for air to get pulled out of the cage from the rear 80mm fans.

The only other suggestion I have personally is making the entire case workable with eATX boards, but that would require shifting the entire MB mount system and retooling the rear of the case for the extra slots. The 2.5 drive mounts weren't actually a problem to me, I have 3 2.5 drives and 3 3.5 drives; I used 5.25 to 3.5 adapters in the 5.25 bays because I don't use discs anymore.
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post #2486 of 10491
HAF XB 2.0 Requests:
  • Remove front plastic tabs the allow 2 140mm fans upfront without the easy mod of snapping them off.
  • Add in an extra pci slot or ventilation where it could be. The space it already there for it, so it seems like an easy addition.
  • E-ATX or at least shorter E-ATX board support. This can already be done with some electrical tape from the sounds of it.
  • 120mm or 140mm side fans. I'm in the process of mounting 2 120mm fans on each side panel now, but had to remove the handles to get them to fit.
  • 3.5" drive bays instead of 2.5". Although I have ssd's and can use half of the 4 2.5" bays, I was able to fit a 2 x 3.5" bay down there with not problem. With a little engineering you might be able to fit another HAF hot-swap dock down there.
  • Make room for 1 or 2 120mm fans in the bottom of the case instead of 80mm ones. 1 should be easy to do and the added height might allow for another 3.5" and 5.25" device. 2 would allow for more 240mm rad support but make the case wider.
post #2487 of 10491
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Originally Posted by CM MR HAF View Post


1. Changed the X-dock PCB a 3rd time from peripheral molex on a lead to SATA power


Its about damn time.
post #2488 of 10491
it would be nice to be able to replace the 2.5 hdd cage with a 3.5 cage.

if i can dream.....i would like my case front not to even have the hot swap bays. or just give me a plastic cover for them biggrin.gif
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I have to agree with Kuudere on including a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, that would have greatly helped me with my 1366 board. Removing the holes on the bottom will be a good bonus.

I liked Ramsey77's idea of attaching the 5.25" bays with nuts and bolts instead of rivets, would have made things much easier to swap out. You could even have a HDD cage that you all can sell separately that can be swapped out.

A fan mount for the X-Docks would have been nice but wouldn't be practical for a hot-swap solution. Maybe figuring out some way to increase airflow for those drives would be a big help for those of us with faster 3.5" drives.

I like the switch to a 3.5" HDD cage from the 2.5" SSD cage but couldn't you have it mount more drives than 2? I got a 2-to-3 5.25" bay converter from Evercool that is about the size of the SSD cage and has a small fan to help with cooling so maybe you can take ideas from that?

While fan mounts on the side panels would be nice, it would not work well with the handles and how tightly packed everything is on the bottom. Better mounting for large radiators on the back of the case would help out a lot of people, even a mount kit accessory would work if it would make things easier.
post #2490 of 10491
Its funny when ppl complain manufacturers are not going usb 3.0, and when they do, we have others complaining of doing it wink.gif

Simple fix guys: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-3-0-20Pin-Female-To-2-0-9Pin-Male-Motherboard-House-Converter-Adapter-Cable-/261183436266?pt=US_USB_Cables_Hubs_Adapters&hash=item3ccfbef5ea


edit: I applaud CM for going w/ 2.5 cage rather then a 3.5. Its called forward thinking and getting w/ the times. I think they should make a 3.5 cage and offer it separately on the CM store for those who want it.
Edited by wermad - 5/13/13 at 10:50pm
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