CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower
Published: 5th December 2008 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £104.64 |
To put the Cooler Master HAF through its paces, we went about installing a test setup comprising of the following hardware:
MSI P45D3 Platinum
2GB OCZ Platinum PC3-12800
CM Real Power 850w
Hitatchi Deskstar 80GB
The hardware was installed into the machine as an initial test, and I can safely say that the air cooled setup went in with ease. Having two PSU bays meant that there was more than enough space to fit the Motherboard, CPU and RAM without hassle. The large Real Power PSU sat in the bottom mount comfortably on the extended mount and routing the cables up behind the motherboard tray was easy. The only real snag that I ran into was trying to get the back panel back on. With so many wires routed around the back it required a fair level of shuffling and tucking to get them to lie flat enough to fit the panel comfortably.
While installing the hardware I broke out a spare 240mm Black Ice radiator and tested the fan mounts at the top and bottom to see if radiators could be mounted in them without modding. I'm pleased to report that the hole spacing was near perfect on both the top (which could house a 360mm rad) and bottom mounts. I suspect that given a small PSU mounted in the top you could even mount two 240mm radiators in the case. Please note that Thermochill's and similar radiators would require mods to the case in order to fit.
Moving on to the temperature tests. The system was booted, temperature monitoring programs loaded and then left for 30 minutes to obtain idle temperatures. Load results were obtained with RTHDRIBL and dual instances of Prime95, run simultaneously for 30 minutes, then the temperatures were noted. Ambient though out testing was 21° (+/- 0.5°).
As you can see from the graphs the Cooler Master HAF did a good job of keeping everything well within acceptable limits.
Equipped with four fans that can only be described as massive, The Cooler Master HAF stirred a little concern in the volume department. My last encounter with non-standard fans was the Spire Pininfarina and the 140mm fan that it sported was quite loud. I'm pleased to report that this was by no means the case with the Cooler Master HAF. With the larger fans spinning at a slower rotation, it meant that a large volume of air was moving, but at a lower velocity which results in less noise. You could easily sleep with the case running in the same room.
Finally we draw a conclusion about the Cooler Master HAF 932...