CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower
Published: 5th December 2008 | Source: CoolerMaster | Price: £104.64 |
Upon taking on the Cooler Master HAF 932 for review, I promised myself not to make any digs at the fact that it's a steel case. Now that the review is almost complete, however, it's time to spurt out the inevitable 'it would be so much better if it was aluminium'. But we'll leave it at that. The case itself is good quality. There's no protruding sharp edges and all the panels and modular parts fit without hassle. The tool-less parts work well. Personally I prefer the screwdriver approach, but there's no veering away form the fact that the trays and clips work, and work well.
The industrial appearance that the case possesses will not suit everyone's tastes. I can see people's main gripe being the plastic front and panel at the top. But one can forgive it for that despite it not being the classic, smooth, classy look that the likes of Lian Li and Silverstone spoil us with, but it still looks good. Admittedly, it's a very busy case, which is a theme carried over the whole chassis making it work quite well, unlike cases which feature detailed front panels and then plain sides.
Installing the hardware into the chassis was a swift, easy affair. All the components fitted effortlessly and the cable tidying holes proved that they were most definitely a worthy addition. The ability to add radiators for water-cooling into the fan mounts at the top and bottom of the case opens it up to yet more enthusiasts.
The Cooler Master HAF 932 enters the market at a very neat price point of £122 over at Ebuyer, and sits around that price from numerous other e-tailers. This is quite reasonable for a quality, steel full-tower case with so many features.
Overall you could be forgiven for thinking you've just read the ATCS review published a little while ago on this very site, as this case shares a lot in common with that very chassis. But having scoured that review throughly I can say that I think the Cooler Master HAF is going to capture an audience that the ATCS misses simply due to the price. The Cooler Master HAF can do pretty much everything that the ATCS does, but for £80 less. If you are the kind of person who wants a fully featured, practical full tower, and can forgive the steel construction and likes the almost military like looks, then this case is for you.
Can House Radiators with no mods
Excellent cable management
Option of having both wheels or feet
Tool-less designs work well
Plastic front may ruin looks
Nothing at all
Thanks goes out to Cooler Master for providing the review sample.
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