Cooler Master HAF 932The Smith - October 2, 2008
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The rugged aspect mentioned on the box is absolutely awesome. The black finish is mildly glossy, except for the "HAF" on the right side, which subtly stands out. That same side proudly shows a 230mm fan behind its mesh, much like the front side, just behind the grid where the Cooler Master logo is. There is also a grid-shaped window on the side, which fits very well with the design. Overall, that beast reminds me of a war tank, ready for battle. The shape on the left side looks as if the case was reinforced with metal beams. At the back, there is another fan, a 140mm this time. Then there are the standard seven expansion slots and the motherboard I/O panel hole. At the top, there are two grommets with an internal diameter of 3/4" meant for passing water tubing.The room allocated for the power supply is at the bottom, however I'll show you later that it can also be installed at the top.
As if the front, side and back fans were not enough, there is even another 230mm one at the top! With all these giant fans, it better put out some seriously High Air Flow. Near the front, on the highest area, there is a rubber mat. Any small object can be put here to avoid losing it, especially if the computer's desk is in disorder! Also, at the bottom, there is some mesh once again. The power supply will take its fresh air from under the case and exhaust it outside immediately. That prevents any air recycling.
Here is how drive bay covers should be removed. They clip in holes on each side. By simply pressing on them by these side holes, the covers are released. You also get a close-up on the glossy "HAF". Next is the hole by which the liquid tank can be filled. It can be accessed by pulling out the small rubber mat.
This is the front panel. It features four USB ports, the standard e-SATA, microphone in, headphone-out, and also an IEEE 1394a. The power and hard drive blue LEDs are located at the right of these plugs.
The supplied wheels can be installed by first removing the screw retaining the small legs, and then by screwing the wheels' base using the screws provided, four for each wheel. Two of these wheels can be locked to prevent the case from moving accidentally.
Finally, here is what it looks like once it is fired up. There are two things that light up, which are the LEDs on the front panel mentioned earlier, and the front 230mm fan. The LEDs are hidden, leaving only the illuminated blades seen, so there is no direct light, just like it should be so that you are not annoyed when gaming in the dark. However, that might be different for other people.
Now that we've carefully looked at the exterior of this beast, let's see what's hidden inside.