Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition PC Case ReviewThu, Aug 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Without sounding negative in any way, you won’t see much difference on the front of this Black Edition compared to the original. This is a good thing as I personally like the front design. We have the familiar mesh and plastic design on the front and up top on the front are the I/O ports; 2x USB 2.0, Firewire, e-Sata, microphone and then HD Audio.
Here we can see how the front panel components can be taken off. Just press in the sides on the bay covers to detach them, and the just pull off front “grill”. It might take some effort to pull it off, probably due to the paint job being more elaborate than on the original HAF 932. Most people may already know how to detach them, but it doesn’t hurt to show in case anyone is new to the HAF 932 series.
Up top we have the Power and Reset buttons. Also retained from the original HAF 932 is the integrated tray that can be used to store whatever you like (providing it’s not too big, of course). Underneath the rubber pad is the fill port hole for easy access to refill the water cooling system you may install. Next we see how the HAF 932 Black Edition can utilize either a 230mm fan (and still use a 120mm fan with it) or the ability to install three 120mm fans.
Moving to the left side of the HAF 932 Black Edition we encounter one of the main changes made from the original: a windowed side panel. The side panel comes with a protective film to keep scratches at bay during shipping. The window practically gives you a full view of your hardware inside. Granted, you lose the ability to install 120mm fans or a 230mm fan but that shouldn’t make a huge dent in the cooling ability considering Cooler Master included a GPU cooling duct that was originally found in the HAF X. We’ll see how much of a difference in temperatures this makes. Then there is the HAF logo next to the window and last, but not least, is the vent underneath the logo. I am kind of worried the box of accessories damaged the acrylic window as it was not secure during shipping. There doesn’t appear to be an internal window film to protect it. I hope Cooler Master uses more than one twist tie to hold it, or at least apply protective film to the interior in the future.
On the other side is just about your typical side panel on right side of many cases. Cooler Master did keep the stamped out design from the original HAF 932 so cable routing is a bit less of a chore. Last, we have the vent.
This is where I started to really like this Edition of the HAF 932. The back panel is ALL black and the paint job is superb. No over spray or blemishes to be seen. Up above, there is a removable plate that accommodates the water cooling tubes. It’s also an area where you can mount the power supply. Or, you can mount two power supplies if you’re gutsy. The plate can be placed on bottom with the power supply mounted on top as well. Next are the seven expansion slots that are vented. To the right of the slots is another vent for added air flow. And finally, there is the 140mm fan mount area that can also have a 120mm fan installed. The little black nubs you see between the expansion slot and the vent are part of the tool less installation mechanism.
Please excuse the finger prints. Looking on the bottom, we see there is a nice sized vent for the power supply, or two 120mm fans if you choose to mount the PSU on top. Then we have the case feet which can be taken off to install the four caster wheels Cooler Master included.