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TechieTrekkie

I understand you guys probably don't do requests, but is there any chance you guys will do a review of the Thermaltake Urban series of cases? It seems to be extremely similar to the Soprano, except it has a few accents on the front to add a bit of "pizzaz" which was lacking in the Soprano. Especially the s31 or s41 which are around the same price point, and also feature the sound proofing.

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thematejka

"Just don’t try to water-cool it."

I wouldn't say don't, it's just that you are mostly restricted to 120mm or 240mm all-in-one liquid coolers. The XB accommodates those very well. Just as it is tricky to do the wiring in this case, so too would be custom L.C.ing, but I'd try it out.

I love my XB, it was a choice between the New Soprano and the XB. The very modular design rocks, The X-docks rock for hard drive recoveries for customers, it's fully ready for multiple SSDs, this case is built with future use in mind. But as was hinted at, this is no beginner case. The cooling design is neat, I went with positive air pressure and the results are fantastic. a 200mm pushing down and two 120mm pushing across keeps everything super cool for OCing. I only wish there was one more exhaust fan. The two 80mm fans on the bottom are useless to me.

I've hated almost all cubes, either they were too big, too small, or just too weird for me. This one keeps with the traditional HAF design style,which I absolutely love.

This case is no good for extreme PC builders, but it has great potential for those who can handle all-in-one L.C.ers and not much bigger than 750w PSUs. Although, a tinkerer could do some sweet modding (it has unpunched cutouts for coolant hoses).

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Paladin25

Your 120 in the back is your exhaust then?, as for the two 80s at the bottom, leave them as intake just for circulation. And with some "engineering" you can make those side into fan exhaust if you wanted.

The review from Hardward Canucks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMkGv1uXTE) really sold me on this case.

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thematejka

Yep, it doesn't seem like enough, but my temps got better when I flipped the 200mm to intake. I got a bitfenix specter pro as the 200mm.

Good idea about flipping the 80mm's... I'm just waiting to get a fan controller to keep them slower, they are so loud. I wonder if fans on the sides would do anything substantial. I mean, my CPU sits at room temperature and would modding the case gain any substantial cooling for the mobo?

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Paladin25

Fucking love the HAF XB. Too be honest, I'd go for a scout or cosmos if I had to do a tower case. Just tired of most cases looking identical on the outside and I say hell no to cases with front doors.

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TheMissingPiece

Just remember: Cooler Master has since fixed the lack of fans in their Scout 2. I also think that those who bought the Scout 2 before it started shipping with two front fans can contact Cooler Master and get a couple free fans.

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