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Cooler Master HAF XB Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Today’s test system will give us a good idea of how well this case works in terms of thermal and acoustical performance.

Processor: AMD FX-4170 Quad Core @ 4.6 GHz.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970-UD3
Cooler: Akasa Venom Voodoo CPU Cooler
Memory: 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1800MHz
Graphics Cards: XFX Radeon HD7770
Power Supply: Seasonic 1000W Platinum Full Modular

Boot Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB

OS: Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit
Pyle Digital Sound Level Meter PSPL25

These temperatures are impressive, and are the best processor temperatures we have recorded in quite some time. This is due to the fast spinning 120mm fans fitted at the front and the large air intake/exhaust spaces on both sides of the chassis.

This ‘out-of-the-box’ performance can easily be improved by adding another 120mm at the rear of the chassis, a 200 mm fan on top, as well as two additional 80mm fans. There is also the possibility of upgrading the 120mm fans to 140 mm fans to help improve airflow while reducing the sound level output.

If this wasn’t enough, you could go down the watercooling route by fitting a 240mm radiator.

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