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Our fondness for Cooler Master's full tower computer cases began roughly three years ago when we reviewed the HAF 932. At the time, it was easily the ultimate tower case and that opinion remains strong today. The HAF 932 Advanced and HAF X are among the finest full tower chassis money can buy at $150-$200.
Cooler Master is at it again, releasing yet another gaming-oriented chassis and the first full size model in the Storm lineup. Called the "Trooper," it's priced at $190 packing several new features: 90-degree rotatable 4-in-3 HDD modules, an easy-to-carry handle, a hidden toolbox to store private goods, a built-in fan controller, an external 2.5" storage drive X-dock and the ability to support up to 14 internal hard drives.
It's been a year since the HAF X's arrival, and Cooler Master may have already outdone itself...
The SilverStone Raven RV03 employs an unconventional design that rotates the motherboard and power supply so they are mounted vertically with the I/O panel facing the top of the chassis. Besides improved cooling courtesy of the "stack effect," this design makes it much easier to access the system's power, display, USB, Ethernet and other connectors.
The Cooler Master HAF X's dimensions are fairly standard for a full tower ATX case, measuring 9.1" wide, 23.6" long and 21.7" tall (23.3 x 59.9 x 55.0 cm) making it slightly bulkier than the HAF 932. It is constructed from SECC (Steel, Electrogalvanized, Cold-rolled, Coil) - a type of metal known for its low cost and high thermal conduction properties, The HAF X has four USB ports, a single Firewire and eSATA port along with two audio jacks. There are also two bright blue LEDs for hard drive activity and power.
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