Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Conclusion
Cooler Master’s new HAF Stacker modular case system represents a new direction for mass-market computer cases.
These cases perform every bit as well as you’d expect a case from Cooler Master to perform. They’re easy to build in and provide ample space for your components.
The appearance of the cases is a little bland for my tastes, although I understand that functionality is the main thing they’re aiming for. The new, dark “Cooler Master” logo is all but invisible on the front of the case.
Construction quality was faultless. It would have been easy to screw up the rail system that latches the cases together, but it operated smoothly and reliably, without even a hint of slack or slop once the cases were secured. The heavy steel construction makes the cases weigh more, but consider that the bottom 915 unit in the image above could easily be supporting 40 pounds or more with loaded cases above it.
These are probably the most functional cases I’ve ever tested (and I’ve tested a lot of cases). The fact that so many parts are movable and interchangeable makes them tremendously versatile.
The $152.45 (Amazon / Newegg) price for the HAF Stacker 935 system, comprising the mid-tower unit and a 915R mini-ITX case, is at the higher end of the case market. Newegg also seels the HAF 915F for $69.99. Functionally, HAF 935 is similar to the showing-its-age-but-still-solid HAF 932, which has plenty of room for a thick, triple-fan radiator at the top of the case. Granted, the 935 is more versatile, but you’ll be paying about $35 more for that.
This is an excellent and innovative case system that will be of value if you can really use its modular nature.
+ Modular design makes the system very versatile
+ Excellent construction quality
+ Large pass-through ports make it easy to extend water cooling system parts, power supply cables, and such between cases
+ Forthcoming parts and accessories will add features and functions
– Can’t buy tower unit separately
– No drive activity light or reset switch on front panels
– Only one fan per case
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
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