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I was planning to review the Cooler Master Storm Trooper case as that is the most recent one I've purchased, but it isn't available for review, so I'll review the CM HAF 932 case instead, although I bought that a while before the Storm Trooper and isn't quite as good.
The HAF (High Air Flow) 932 is a full tower case, and it is seriously big enough for anything you want to put in it - from micro-ATX to e-ATX boards, full water cooling, 4 SLI's video cards, whatever you want. It's 9" (w) x 21.5" (h) x 22.7" (d). It also weight 30lb when you take it out of the box, so you won't want to be carrying it about when you have your rig installed.
Externally the case is painted black steel, and a lot of mesh. It has a very military look to it, and is very well constructed. All the front bay covers are black metal mesh as well, and are very easy to remove and replace. At the top is the front I/O panel with 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 e-Sata port, 1 fire-wire port, and the headset/mic sockets.
The case comes with 4 internal fans by default - there are 3 230mm fans on the left side panel, the front, and the top, and a 140mm fan on the rear beside the I/O panel. The front fan is a red LED, which looks ok - I'd like to have seen the side fan lighted as well, but the remaining 3 fans are standard ones. The left panel has multiple predrilled holes so you can remove the 230mm fan and replace it with 4 x 120mm fans - it would increase the airflow, but would also increase the noise. The top fan can be removed and there are mounting holes for a reservoir if you go the water cooling route.
There are 5 internal 3.5" bays, and these are oriented to face out the side of the case making it easier to access your drives. The case comes with tool-less trays that clip onto the bottom of 3.5" HDD's and just slide into the bays. There isn't and included solution for 2.5" SSD's though - the Storm Trooper case trays have holes on the bottom of them to line up with 2.5" mounting holes, so 2.5" mounting trays may be available separately from Cooler Master. Above the 3.5" bays are 6 x 5.25" bays; again these are all tool-less and mounting an optical drives take seconds.
At the rear, the power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case (this can be mounted at the top if you prefer, but would mean removing the top fan), and there are 7 expansion slots, again tool-less. The back panel (onto which your motherboard site) is pre-drilled for the 3 sizes of ATX motherboards, and has a large hole that sits beneath the cpu to allow easy replacement of Pentium heat-sink's without having to remove the motherboard from the case. There are also a number of holes cut below, above, and beside where the motherboard will sit, to allow easy cable management. There is also an 8-pin extension cable included in case your power supply cannot reach (the 8-pin socket is usually top-left on the motherboard).
Overall this is a really well made, well designed case. It gives plenty of room for expansion and the cable management keeps all the cables to the rear of the motherboard, so improving the air flow. It's pricey for what a lot of people think is just a box, but if like me, you like to mess about with your hardware, upgrade frequently, and game a lot, this type of case is ideal. Unlike the basic beige boxes, this case is a work of art.
I would have called it 9/10 because of the lack of 2.5" mounting trays, and no grommets around the cable management holes, so I'll round it up to call it 5/5.
I was considering buying the antec 1200 case, when this coolermaster one caught my eye. I'm glad it did too because quite frankly, its awesome. The first thing to say is, it's HUGE, really really massive. But that's not a bad thing today, especially with the size of current graphics cards. 4 large internal fans provide plenty of airflow. The design of the case is superb. HDD's and optical drive slot into place with ease and without need for screws. Its quiet too. The best thing tho, had to be the wire tidying abilities. both sides of the case come off and if you take the back off, you can hide the cables and keep them in place with cable tidies, keeping the main part of the case spacious, neat and well ventilated. I upgraded from a midi case and it was well worth doing. One thing that does disappoint is the red fans shown in the gallery are only examples. The front fan has red LED goodness, but the others will only have it if you buy seperate fans and stick them in to replace the large ones already installed in their. its a minor point though as the case is a joy to own!
There are inputs on the front for USB, headphones/mic and E-sata. The chassis fans have plenty of cable and connections for straight to the PSU or to the motherboard. As you can see from my pics it easy swallowed my Intel core i7 mobo, CPU, Coolermaster V8 heatsink, PSU, BFG 280 GPU, Soundcard, 3 hard drive and 3 optical drives with plenty of room to spare.
I'd recommend it to anyone.
With pure innovative strength, Cooler Master, the leader in enthusiast computer components, has unleashed yet another prevailing arsenal to compete in the full-tower chassis segment. Proud and robust in its appearance, the HAF 932 presents its sturdy sentinel housing and revolutionary high air flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware component that is worthy of the highest performance.