Cooler Master HAF Stacker Range
A crazy amount of
versatility, and a truly crazy amount of build options. But only for the most
serious of builders and gamers.
We’ve said of a few products over the
years that they may not be for everyone.
So, it doesn’t quite seem nearly as strong
a phrase as we need to explain the sheer niche value of Cooler Master’s
smashing together of the HAF (which stands for high air flow) series and the
modular Stacker series.
Now it's time for Cooler Master to
further add to
its range once again, this time with the Cooler Master HAF 932
So let’s just say it’s bonkers and get on
Lunacy aside, this modular, stackable,
high-performance family (and a mighty in-bred family it is, too) offers some
incredible build options. For instance, if you want to put together a render
farm machine that can also still play games while you’re rebuilding the Battle
of Pelennor Fields in 4K resolution, this is the case for you BitCoin mining?
You bet. A game box that has a built-in, detachable Steam Machine, or a guest
machine for when random PC gamers drop round? And both built in such a way that
you can actually detach the smaller system to take to a LAN event? Yeah.
The Battle of Pelennor Fields
The HAF Stacker has pretty much every base
covered. And for a fully water-cooled, overclocked performance rig, this range
would excel, as there’s room for radiators and cooling loops all over the
The series consists of three (or four,
depending) individual units, that you can purchase separately. The 915F is a
great little Mini-ITX case with a front-mounted PSU, and room for lots of
cooling on the CPU - though video card length does suffer. It would make a
great Home theatre build, but is rather long. The 915R mounts the PSU just
above the motherboard, but does have room for more than one optical bay. Then
there’s the monolith-sized 935, which combines a 915R and a 925 tower.
And you can stack all of them, in a
bewildering array of configurations.
You can even do neat things like have your
PSU and storage systems in one case, and everything else in thermally discrete
Cooler Master HAF Stacker 915R
It’s all amazingly engineered, too, with
every panel and moving part feeling precise and crisp. The HAF styling is a
little more understated than in previous generations, but still has a bit of an
aggressive gaming edge to the design. It’s without doubt an excellent
achievement in case design, and there are a tonne of things we can think to
build into the cases - but whether or not it’s anything we really need is the
If you must have the cutting edge in home
server farms or machine-on-machine gaming, great. Otherwise, look on in awe,
but back away slowly. This is the rare case where we’re scoring a product very
highly, but just can’t bring ourselves to recommend it to all users.
HAF 915:228 x 248 x 578mm; 5.1kg; 2x expansion
slots; lx 5.25in drive
bays, 3x 3.5in drive bays; lx 120mm fan
(rear); 2x USB3, audio ports.
HAF 915R: 228 x 248 x 578mm; 5.5kg; 2x
expansion slots; lx 5.25in
drive bays (plus 3x in cage), 3x 3.5in drive
bays (converted); lx 92mm fan (front); 2x USB3, audio ports.
HAF 935:235 x 719 x 578mm; 15.6kg; 8+lx
expansion slots; 3+lx 5.25in
drive bays, 9x 3.5in drive bays; 2x 120mm fan
plus lx 92mm fan (front),
1x140mm fan (rear); 2x USB3,2x USB2, audio