Cooler Master HAF-XB – Cable Management
I know that the HAF-XB isn’t really a case one would choose for absurdly good cable management abilities, but it’s not bad considering the rather open design of the whole case. I didn’t really have any issues running cables for a fairly typical system. I think that the end result actually looked pretty good, and it left me with plenty of room to run additional cables for adding parts. Such as if I was to add more video cards for SLI. Now, if only I had some Titan’s to show that off… (Hint, hint.). But, since I’m not that lucky, I have to make do with what I have on hand. Today, that’s an XFX 9800GX2, Gigabyte X58A-OC, and an ES Xeon CPU of mine that is an extra.
Cable management is great for a lot of reasons. First, it’s great for those who are slightly OCD(me), or want a clean look in their system, or want better airflow, or a better rig to show off. With cable management, a little effort goes a long way. It can make or break a high end system, and it’s not something which is especially hard to do, in all honesty it just takes creativity, planning, and a bit of patience. I’ve had some rigs with multiple video cards, drives, and lights which took me hours to get perfectly cabled, but the end results always looked pretty good in my opinion. With the HAF-XB here today, it only took about 30 minutes to achieve this, including head scratching time while I figured out how best to approach it.
First, I must admit, this was my first time using a case like this. I’ve used a lot of tower cases, a couple of test benches, but I’ve never used a combination of the two like the HAF-XB seems to be.
So, let’s get rolling, shall we?
The first step for me was opening it up, and then removing the motherboard tray, like so:
I started with that to make it a bit easier to maneuver in the case, but I quickly realized that was really the only way to easily do it.