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Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Case Review

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Modular Case System Final Thoughts

The concept of modular, expandable cases isn’t new, as long as your definition of “modular” includes “hope you’re handy with that hex wrench” and “pricey”. The Cooler Master HAF Stacker modular case system isn’t as versatile as, say, the very expensive case components from companies like Mountain Mods, but it’s much easier to deal with than a huge flat pack of aluminum panels and dozens of screws.

“Less expensive” doesn’t mean that quality is compromised, either. As you might expect, the way the HAF Stacker case components fit together is perfect, with no detectable slop or looseness when case components are locked together. The design of the components, with the large pass-through holes, movable internal parts, and plenty of cooling options, shows that the designers at Cooler Master put some serious thought into how these products would be used by enthusiasts.

That said, I do have some criticisms:

  • The mid-tower unit is only available as part of the HAF-935-KWN1 with an accompanying 915R unit; you can’t buy it separately. Cooler Master was quite emphatic on this point that they will never offer the mid-tower unit as a separate product. I think this makes the price of getting started with the system unnecessarily high.
  • The front panels seem oddly sparse. There are no USB 2.0 ports on the 915 front panels, and none of the panels have reset buttons or drive activity lights. I think most people who build their own systems would like to have these.
  • You can’t fit a radiator and fan in the top of the tower component. Granted, the idea is that such hardware should be placed in a 915 on top of the tower, but it would still be nice to have a 2x120mm all-in-one cooler in the tower case without a 915 on top.
  • There’s a pull-out filter for the power supply in the tower case, but that’s it as far as easily removable filters goes. If you want to clean the power supply intake filter in the 915F, for example, you’ll have to remove the entire power supply.

That said, some of the problems are addressable. Cooler Master plans to offer a number of accessories and expansion options for the HAF Stacker line:

Accessory / Kit

What’s Included

Storage Kit

Quick Detach Pins

HAF Stacker Series HDD Cage

SATA Power Cable Extender

Stack-It Kit

Quick Detach Pins

HAF Stacker Series Top Rail

HAF Stacker Series Bottom Rail

HAF Stacker Series Feet

Quick Detach Pins

Pins to quickly and easily secure / remove rails

CPU Power Cable Extender (Black)

An extended CPU power cable for when your PSU is located in an expansion chassis

1.5m (4.92 ft) SATA Data Cable (Black)

An extended SATA data cable to connect to your massive hard drive / SSD collection in your upper or lower 915 unit(s)

Main Unit Window + 200mm Fan Combo Side Panel

A replacement for your full window side panel that is a window + large 200mm cooling fan combo.

One thing to keep in mind: these cases have rugged steel frames and are not light. When two or more are stacked, the system can be very heavy.

With ongoing support from Cooler Master, the HAF Stacker system should be a viable long-term case system which you can expand and configure as your needs change. I do wish, though, that they’d offer a separate micro-ATX tower chassis. Maybe they will in the future.


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