Evaluation Summary and Conclusion
Evaluation Summary: The Cooler Master HAF 932 is a spacious and innovative full tower case. In addition to ample space and great features, it offers flexibility for watercooling and for fan options. The included fans will undoubtedly impress anyone who sees or uses this case. They definitely help the case earn its "High Air Flow" badge. In many cases, high air flow equates to a lot of noise, but that isn't the case with the HAF 932. It is not noisy at all.
We are sure that some of out there don't need a full tower case. Then again, as PC enthusiasts, we all seem to have a lot of things we don't need. But if you want easier installations and don't want worry about how much space you have left in your case, then a full tower may be a good fit. If you don't have physical space limitations and aren't transporting your system regularly, then we'd suggest at least considering a full tower case. And the HAF 932 seems to be a good choice. Don't jump into it lightly, though. Like other full towers, the HAF 932 is a beast compared to the mid-towers that you may be more familiar with.
There is a lot to like about the HAF 932. For one thing, its huge fans suck in and push out a lot of air, which will definitely make your system components happy. You'll be happy too because the noise level is very low, and the noise that can be heard is a low hum that isn't irritating at all. Another thing we like about the HAF 932 is all of the tool-less features. They all work well, which is more than can be said about many cases that offer similar features. They aren't flawless and won't secure your components as well as screws, but they are quite adequate and a breeze to operate. In case that isn't appealing enough, Cooler Master created the HAF 932 with flexibility in mind. You can swap out the top and side fans for 120mm fans if you prefer. Additionally, you can install a CPU cooler backplate without removing the motherboard. These are nice, unexpected touches, that will cause other case makers to rethink what they are doing.
On the downside of things, we noticed that some of the paint was chipping around the side panel thumbscrews. We don't think it's a sign of poor quality, but we do think Cooler Master may want to check its painting and finishing process to ensure it is doing all it can to prevent chipping like this. We didn't notice any other finish issues. Another area that gives us pause is the inclusion of two power supply installation options. We do like the flexibiility, but we don't like the fact that you have to remove the top fan in order to use the top power supply position. This is a minor gripe and a compromise that each user will have to deal with individually though. None of the flaws we've mentioned are even close to being deal breakers.
The Cooler Master HAF 932 should definitely be on your list if you are shopping around for a new case. We would love to see this case in aluminum rather than steel, but you can't always get what you want. The plus side to steel is that it is cheaper than aluminum. The HAF 932 would definitely be more than the current $160-180 street price if it were aluminum. Overall, we think the street price is fair, considering all of the great features and spaciousness you get with the HAF 932. If you want a case that is a treat to work with, then you should check it out.