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post #2771 of 10491
you have a different definition of test bench than i do
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post #2772 of 10491
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Originally Posted by overclockerjames View Post

cons:
--psu is buried underneath motherboard
--hard drives buried underneath motherboard
--cable routing can be a pain since they have to go up and around motherboard
--only two 3.5" hdd
--no dust filters on sides, back or top
--not a good test bench since psu, hard drives are buried and difficult to get to

-There are more and more cases with split levels that divide the psu compartment
-Most cases bury the hdd in a cage, you still have to open the case and get to them. A few, like the xb, will offer hot swap.
-Cable routing is always a pain. Nothing new here
-Wrong case if you need multiple 3.5
-For this price, don't expect extras like filters. Its not meant to be a highend case.
-Most ppl who use this as a test bench are testing the main components. Psu testers rarely use any case to test. Hdd/ssd testers would probably use the hotswap bay.


This isn't meant to be a true test bench but a case that can double as a test bench. When i think of a test bench, its usually to test a graphics card, motherboards, cpus, and ram. These are things that are much more frequently looked for by enthusiast in reviews/comparisons. I rarely get excited about an upcoming psu or ssd compared to an upcoming mb or gpu.


In the end, if you're a regular tester, this is the wrong case for you. May I suggest this one if you're serious. Not perfect but its damn nice and its better as a test bench then the xb:


http://www.aerocool.us/strikex/strikex_air.html

post #2773 of 10491
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Kill it with fire!!

I think if someone did alot of testing they would have something like this.
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post #2774 of 10491
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Originally Posted by overclockerjames View Post

finally put together the haf-xb and i'm not impressed mad.gif the cheap zalman z9 i put together last month was much easier to build and it's just a regular mid-tower not a test bench like the haf xb is suppose to be.

cons:
--psu is buried underneath motherboard
--hard drives buried underneath motherboard
--cable routing can be a pain since they have to go up and around motherboard
--only two 3.5" hdd
--no dust filters on sides, back or top
--not a good test bench since psu, hard drives are buried and difficult to get to

I don't think it was "suppose to be" a test bench.. Just a LAN box with bench features. And ofc it isn't easy to put together! Nothing that looks this good, finished, ever is.
Also, all these "cons" are perfectly visible if you view the product details.. didn't you review the cabinet before ordering? thinking.gif

--witch is great! No heat to the rest of the system + all cables are out of sight.
--"Buried"? it is perfectly accessible after removing two finger screws. How often do you want to get to those drives? That's what the hot swap bays are for.
--witch allows you to do really neat cable management , only a plus in my book.
--I have to agree with that one. but since I only have 1 x 3.5'' (rest on NAS and SSD), thats not a problem for me tongue.gif
--Somewhat agree. its a cheap cab and for the money I think you get so much more in other features smile.gif and the extra filters can be bought if you really want them.
--I never owned a real test bench. but.. how is it hard to get to the PSU? the "out of back" option makes it easier then ever, imo. same goes for drives.

Looks like this case is definitely not doing it for you frown.gif but I think you will find a lot of ppl disagreeing with you in this club ;D
 
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post #2775 of 10491
Hey guys.

As a soon-to-be member of the HAF XB club, I have a question that I hope you can help me with.

With a 212 Evo (159mm.) in there, will there stil be enough clearance to mount a 200mm roof fan?
The closest I have gotten to an answer is that with the fan the max CPU cooler height is 155mm. So that would be a no.

But the thing is, that 200mm. fans don't really seen to have a "standard" thickness like for example 120's or 140's.
Cooler master's own MegaFlow 200 is 30mm. thick, while BF spectre's are 20mm. and BF spectre pro's are 25mm.

So the question is if the "max 155mm." number is based on CM's own 30mm. thick fan? If that is the case, the 25mm. and 20mm. fans should fit just fine with the 212 Evo.
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The Coolermaster MegaFlow won't fit with the Hyper 212 as i tried...and failed. Having just replaced the Mesh top for a window theres no adverse difference in cooling, its a little better actually. You might want to try a 20mm deep one as after trying to fit my MegaFlow the copper heatpipes only just hit the fan centre.
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Hey!

I think i read somewhere (but cant find it again) that the top windows scratches easily and hence i am scared to take off the original plaster wrapping from it.. =/
Does it get scratched easily? =/
post #2778 of 10491
I've had mine on for a day so far and i dont think it would...unless you make a habit on putting stuff on your expensive rig wink.gif
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The Coolermaster MegaFlow won't fit with the Hyper 212 as i tried...and failed. Having just replaced the Mesh top for a window theres no adverse difference in cooling, its a little better actually. You might want to try a 20mm deep one as after trying to fit my MegaFlow the copper heatpipes only just hit the fan centre.

I assume that you mean there has been no negative difference in cooling VS. the mesh top without fan?
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Yeah sorry if i wasn't clear. I assume its down to the case being designed with a front to back airflow or something.
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