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Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case Review

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: At nearly two feet tall and weighing in at just under 30 pounds, the Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow Chassis is an imposing full tower ATX case, marketed towards gamers and overclockers with an array of fans.
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External Mfg. Website: Cooler Master Nov 25 2009   Julian Apong  
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Conclusions: High Airflow Really Worth the Dust?

The Cooler Master 932 High Air Flow chassis is nearly as impressive to work with as it is imposing to look at. It's not pretty - the Humvee-inspired styling, red fan light, and awkward side panel styling aren't going to win any design awards (from me anyway). That being said, the HAF 932 has some admirable features for the performance enthusiast, and when it comes down to nuts and bolts, geeks who know their PC gaming hardware know what counts.

Cooler Master have built the HAF 932 with cool in mind - the case has no less than three 230mm fans, convenient spaces and options for watercooling, plenty of headroom for tower heatsinks, and can easily accommodate the largest 1500W power supply your credit card will allow. Overclockers will appreciate all of this, and room for their own custom gear to support max'd out quad HD 4870 X2's, an Extreme Edition chip running well into the red, the space to access the back of the CPU socket without pulling off the motherboard, and anything really that pumps out a lot of heat.

Cooler Master knows how to make enthusiast grade gear (most of the time), and in this case the HAF 932 is easy to work inside of and maintain. The chassis design is largely tool-free, includes some clever mounting methods and makes it easy to swap out hard drives and optical drives.

All is not roses, the Cooler Master HAF 932 case does have some functional flaws: the lack of air filters will make this case a liability for owners with dusty rooms, the inability to mount hard drives using regular screws could become an issue if the drive caddies ever break or are lost, and the doors swing open a little too easily once the thumb screws are un done.

Mostly though, its those wrong-way mounted hard drives that cause the HAF 932 to lose marks. I'm lazy, you're lazy, we're all lazy. The less doors that need opening to connect a single hard drive the better... or at least give us a hot swappable SATA backplane for half those hard drive slots!!

These HAF 932's flaws aren't insurmountable, however, and veteran PC builders are sure to appreciate Cooler Master's attention to detail. With a retail price in the region of $160CDN / $150 USD without a power supply, the Cooler Master HAF 932 case is good value for what you get, and competitively placed compare to equivalent full towers. Most importantly, the HAF 932 has a lot of room for growth - with Crossfire X and Quad-SLI setups being introduced, Intel moving to new 1366-pin sockets and users trying to cram in physics cards, TV tuners, audio daughter cards, watercooling, blu-ray writers and RAID setups... it is more than capable of handling an enthusiasts needs for many years to come.

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Contents of Article: Cooler Master HAF 932
 Pg 1.  Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Case Review
 Pg 2.  Head on - Big Boxy Fan Friendly
 Pg 3.  Internal Case Features: Opening 'er up
 Pg 4.  Internal Case Features: Fans Fans Fans!
 Pg 5.  Motherboard and Peripheral Installation
 Pg 6.  Installing the HAF 932 Chassis
 Pg 7.  — Conclusions: High Airflow Really Worth the Dust?

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