Cooler Master HAF 932The Smith - October 2, 2008
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Since the first personal computers were available, technology hasn't stopped evolving. We are now very far from the performance computers from the eighties. With each performance increase achieved, there was also an increase in heat produced. Who would have thought to cool a Commodore 64 using some sort of extreme cooling? Nobody, well I'm sure somebody did! Today, new processes allow transistors to be manufactured as small as 45nm, and 32nm will appear soon. But these new manufacturing processes cannot completely counter the increase in the growing number of processor cores and transistors, so computers have to rely on more advanced ways of cooling.
Cooler Master, developing cooling devices since 1992, has always supplied the market with adapted products. Today, to answer the ever increasing demand in case airflow, the new full-tower chassis named HAF 932, for High Air Flow, is launched. It features four fans, three of them having a diameter of 230mm! So let's see what this monster looks like.
My first impression when I saw the box was that it was small for a full-tower chassis. It was as big as the two last mid-tower cases I have looked at, although the package is heavier. On the front, there was nothing more than a picture of the HAF 932 along with its name. At the back, there were some other pictures, along with a list of the main features. On one side, the complete specifications table could be found. I noticed at the bottom of the same side that there are some stickers indicating that there might be versions without a window and a power supply included. On the other side, there was nothing more than the same picture on the front. I finally opened up the box. The foam inserts were much thinner than the previous cases I looked at, however they were still thick enough to protect the case very well. That is why a big case like the HAF 932 enters in a not so big cardboard box. As always, there was a plastic bag for protecting it against whatever may scratch it.
Included with this case are a bunch of different screws, motherboard standoffs, tie-wraps for cable management and a small motherboard speaker. What's interesting though is the processor power extension supplied. Unfortunately, it is a 2x4 connector and it can't be split to use only one 2x2. So on some motherboards equipped only a 2x2 connector, it might not fit. That was the case on my GA-P35-DS3R as there is a choke right beside the connector. So I was obliged to use a different extension if I wanted to leave the power supply mounted at the bottom of the case, which is why the extension is needed. There are even four wheels included in the package. That will allow anyone to move that heavy case with ease. I'll show later how they need to be installed.
Finally, as usually, there is a user manual, in which features are very well explained. There is also a plan of the motherboard tray on a white folded paper. On it, there is a list stating which holes are needed for different types of motherboards. These holes are punched through the paper, so you just have to align that paper on the motherboard tray and you'll figure out where you need to screw the motherboard standoffs.
Now, let's unwrap the case and see what it really looks like.