Cooler Master HAF XM Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review

In 2008, Cooler Master introduced the enthusiast market to its line of HAF (High Air Flow) chassis with the HAF 932 full-tower. The much more affordable and refined HAF 922 mid-tower arrived one year later, only to be eclipsed by the HAF X full tower in 2010. For 2012, Cooler Master has set their eyes on taming the beastly HAF X down to a more versatile and more manageable form factor. The fruit of their labor is the HAF XM mid-tower, which we first laid eyes on at CES 2012. Join us as we take a look around this chassis to see just how closely it has followed in the footsteps of its big brother.



As you might have already guessed, the HAF XM was designed to give enthusiasts the features of a flagship full-tower in a smaller package. This is a common theme we have been seeing among manufacturers as of late, and it has us excited at the possibilities of innovation. The HAF XM features drastically improved support for an ever growing crop of solid-state drives, along with a huge amount of cooling potential. Cooler Master has played a big card with this latest mid-tower, and if the spec sheet is any indication, the HAF XM definitely looks like a winner.

Manufacturer's Description

HAF XM - a "mid tower" version of the HAF X, which comes with full tower features for PC enthusiasts. It supports up to four 200mm fans to keep constant cooling while housing high-end components, such as AMD Radeon HD 7970 and NVIDIA GTX 680. It also supports up to 9 HDDs and 8+1 expansion slots for 3-Way SLI/CF. The smart design of latch on side panel and sliding PSU cable cover ensures the convenience and neatness of system building. Additionally, HAF XM is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports for faster data transfer.


  • Enthusiast case with the support for four 200mm fans
  • Latch on 90° rotated side panel for easy system access
  • Rich I/O panel with two USB 3.0 super speed ports
  • 8+1 expansion slots for NVIDIA 3-way SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™
  • Supports up to 9 HDDs, including two X-Dock slots and one behind the motherboard tray
  • Sliding PSU cable cover for improved cable management
  • Top compartment with rubber pad for placing personal belongings
  • Mesh on front panel, top cover; vents on side panel and bottom for excellent cooling


*Courtesy of Cooler Master



Materials Appearance: Mesh, Synthetic; Case body: Steel
Dimensions (W/H/D) 252 x 530.5 x 579 mm / 9.9 x 20.9 x 22.8 inch
Weight 10.3 kg / 22.7 lb
M/B Type Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX
5.25" Drive Bays 3
3.5" Drive Bays 8 (hidden x 6, X-docking x 2)
2.5" Drive Bays 9 (6 converted from 3.5" bay, 2 converted from X-docking, 1 behind M/B tray)
I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2 (int.), USB 2.0 x 2, Audio In & Out x 1 (supports HD Audio), LED switch for front fan
Expansion Slots 8+1
Cooling System

Front: 200 mm LED fan x 1 (converted to 120 mm fan x 2 / 140 mm fan x 2)

Top: 200 mm fan x 2 (one is optional, converted to 120 / 140 mm fan x 2)

Rear: 140 mm fan x 1 (converted to 120 mm fan x 1)

Side: 200 mm fan x 1 (optional, converted to 140 mm fan x 2)

HDD: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)

Power Supply Type Standard ATX PS2/EPS


Maximum Compatibility


VGA card length: 354.0 mm / 13.9 inch with HDD cage)*, 463.0 mm / 18.2 inch (without HDD cage)

(*AMD Radeon 6990: 304.8 mm; Nvidia GTX 590" 279.4 mm)

CPU cooler height 196.0 mm / 7.7 inch**

(**Can accomodate Cooler Master CPU cooler : 163.0 mm / 6.4 inch)
















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