Introduction, Features, Specs and Packaging
Innovation seems to be sporadic at best in the PC case market. We tend to see many more copycats and trend followers than trendsetters. Several true innovators come to mind, though, when we think about cases, and one of those innovative companies is Cooler Master. Sure, not every case designed by Cooler Master is a massive success or appealing to everyone, but it is one of the companies that the copycats watch and imitate. As a result of its innovation and success, Cooler Master is a proven and trusted brand and has been for quite some time.
Cooler Master recently sent us a new full tower chassis to evaluate named the HAF 932. Interesting name, huh? It's not the catchiest one we've ever heard, but most case names don't make much sense to begin with, at least not at first glance. In this case (no pun intended), HAF stands for High Air Flow. When you have a big, full tower chassis like the HAF 932, you can include some big fans, and that is just what Cooler Master decided to do. The HAF 932 is outfitted with a front 230mm red LED fan, a side 230mm fan, a top 230mm fan, and a rear 140mm fan. If you know anything about fans, then you know this is going to push a lot of air over the system components that reside within the case. We've had the case for a while, and we are still impressed by the fan layout.
We always think it's interesting to see how companies explain and market their products. Here's what Cooler Master says about the HAF 932:
"With pure innovative strength, Cooler Master, the leader in enthusiast computer components, has unleashed yet another prevailing arsenal to compete in the full-tower chassis segment. Proud and robust in its appearance, the HAF 932 presents its sturdy sentinel housing and revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware component that is worthy of the highest performance."
Well, that's a really wordy way of saying that this is a big, sturdy case with more cooling potential than your average full tower case. It's quite obvious as well from that description that Cooler Master is aiming at enthusiasts with this offering. We know full tower cases aren't for everyone, but for those of you wanting a lot of flexibility for motherboards and other components, they are worth your consideration. Follow along in this article as we take a tour of the HAF 932 to determine if it is worthy of housing your precious PC parts.
- The HAF932 features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection.
- A rugged HAF932 comes equipped to operate with unparalleled thermal performance.
- Patented finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25 inch drive devices.
- Removable HDD racks and cable management system for better cable routing and neatness.
The HAF 932 is packed in a rather large box, which shouldn't be surprising since this is a full tower case we are talking about. The box highlights the case's features and specifications. As with other cases we've evaluated and used, the HAF 932 is surrounded by Styrofoam to protect it from damage while being transported and carried in the box.
In addition to the case itself, Cooler Master includes a handful of accessories in the HAF 932 box. These accessories include a 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay cover, screws, motherboard stand-offs, zip ties, a small speaker (in case your motherboard doesn't have one built in), wheels (or casters), an installation guide, and a poster / guide that helps you install the motherboard stand-offs for ATX, mATX and E-ATX motherboards and helps you with cable management. Together, the installation guide and the poster should definitely be helpful to anyone, especially newbies to PC building, using the HAF 932.