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The world of PC cases has a unique dynamic as aesthetic appeal is one of the primary selling points. While other PC component markets can be affected by the look of a product, PC cases can become a series of cases when a company finds something most of us enjoy. Cooler Master created the HAF (High Air Flow) case several years ago and found something about it that people loved. Instead of replacing it, they just keep making it better such as the new Cooler Master HAF XM.

This is still a Cooler Master HAF, but with improves based on consumer request and new ideas on the market. This mid-tower has four 200 mm fans (two in top, front, and side) with one 140 mm rear fan to bring the level of airflow up even more. The body of the case has been extended and widened just enough to support large GPUs and much better cable management than its previous incarnations. Rounding out the features are a 90° turned side panel door for easy use, a massive 9 HDD/SSD slots, and plenty of front I/O connectivity with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, audio, and fan LED control.

Everything about the HAF XM screams it is bigger, cooler, and better designed than any other Cooler Master HAF on the market. The HAF XM can be had right now for $129.99 retail. If this is what CM plans to do with this series, then I can't wait to see more.

Full Press Release »

HAF XM - Don't Underestimate

April 24th, 2012 - Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer today announced what amounts to the pure essence of the HAF X packed into a mid-tower size, the HAF XM.

Never Compromise

Rising to the level of the HAF (High Air Flow) legends before it, HAF XM supports an unprecedented four 200 mm fans (Top x 2, Front, and Side) and a 140 mm rear exhaust fan. With this, HAF XM contains a virtual hurricane's force worth of airflow within its walls that will provide even the most extreme setups with cool air in excess of their needs. HAF XM harnesses the best of both cooling worlds by offering users support for the liquid side of cooling with space for up to a 2 x 140 mm fan radiator up top and a 140 mm radiator in the rear.

Enthusiast Mindset

Delivering the features enthusiast builders expect, HAF XM incorporates a 90° rotated side panel with a latched handle for the easiest access to core system components. 8+1 expansion slots offer space for multiple graphics cards setup in NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire with accompanying sound and other add-on cards to vastly expand the capabilities of a system.

Users can setup a massive HDD or SSD array with support for up to nine drives. This includes two X-Dock slots and a 2.5” HDD/SSD mounting point on the back of the motherboard tray. A rich front I/O panel offers access to two super speed USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0, audio in and out, and FAN LED control. Today's pocket contents become tomorrow's desk clutter. HAF XM assists in preventing this clutter by including a non-slip rubber pad on the top of the chassis for placing personal belongings.

Smarter Cable Management 

By increasing overall interior space and attachment points for cables, HAF XM opens the door for more elegant and detailed management of cables. Extra space behind the motherboard tray allowed our engineers to include a feature that is often limited to those that are willing to mod their case to achieve. This is the 2.5” HDD/SSD mount on the back of the motherboard tray. With this, most of the system cables can be located behind the motherboard tray. Those cables that must appear in the front have the benefit of a HAF X inspired sliding PSU cover, ensuring that a system can easily be setup to look as though it were expertly managed.

HAF XM will be made available on April 24th, 2012. Price and availability may vary by region.

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Born and raised in south Mississippi, I grew up with Japanese anime, southern values, and creole food. A cultural mix that gives me a unique and occasionally odd viewpoint. I have been in love with computers for decades and hope to share that love with you.

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