Few would dispute that Cooler Master has taken its place among the upper echelon of case designers with a range of quality enclosures at nearly every price point. Not all of the company's cases have been noteworthy, but others, like the Stacker 830 and Cosmos 1000, have shown that the self proclaimed masters of cooling understand the demands put forth by enthusiasts who require more than an ordinary enclosure. Not all case manufacturers can claim this.
Today HardwareLogic has in its labs Cooler Master's newest enclosure, the HAF 932. While we're not sure what the 932 stands for (lucky lotto numbers?), the HAF designation means High Air Flow, and not Hot As F**k, which is what you might find yourself muttering if you dig the rugged appearance. But will the aggressive styling combined with attention to airflow add up to a winning combination, or does Cooler Master's latest case simply blow hot air?
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Sift through any long time enthusiast's assortment of spare parts and you'll inevitably run across all shapes and sizes of screws and standoffs. But in case this is your first build, you'll get a head start on your collection with the bevy of screws Cooler Master throws in, separated by size into individual baggies. The multi-language manual offers up some useful tips, like detailing which 230mm fans can be swapped out for a bundle of 120mm units. A spare bezel serves as a 5.25" to 3.5" converter for those still kickin' it with an old school floppy drive, and the zip ties come as welcome additions that are often overlooked by case manufactures. You also get a case speaker and 8-pin PSU connector extender (more on that later), but the real treat here are the optional wheels. The HAF 932 doesn't qualify as absurdly heavy, but why lift your system when you can simply push it? And should you get frustrated enough, the wheels make it easy to push your insolent setup down a steep hill in a moment of rage.