Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition PC Case ReviewThu, Aug 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM
Installing Parts into the HAF 932
Having been an owner of the original design now for over a year I already knew what to expect in terms of features and installing hardware. The HAF 932 Black Edition was no different as far as the amount of room to work with, save for the air duct. That thing does eat up some room — almost as much as the V10 I have installed. The stock fans that are included with the HAF 932 Black Edition are pretty quiet up until you add a GTX 480 or two.
Speaking of which, I noticed that the tool-less mechanism on the expansion slots didn’t live up to expectations like the original HAF 932 did. They didn’t feel tight enough to hold the graphics cards straight. It’s possible that it’s just the fact that the GTX 480’s are just that heavy compared to previous GPU’s. I recommend using screws if you have these or any dual slot video card that is on the hefty side. The brackets will still close over them without locking so it won’t look too bad.
Cable management is pretty easy in the HAF 932 Black Edition. Depending on how many cables need routing, it may or may not take a while to do. While it may look messy here, looking on the other side shows how neat it can be if not neater. You definitely want to plan out and do the cable routing before installing the air duct and GPU’s though. You can see how many holes Cooler Master provided for the cable routing. No grommets were included but they rolled the edges so the metal wouldn’t cut into the wiring.
Mounting the air duct was easy, but depending on the motherboard layout (like the ASUS Rampage II Extreme or the ASUS P6X58D Premium), you may have to lower the duct slightly to make sure you can plug the power cords into the GPU’s — especially when installing more than one video card. In fact, doing so makes it so only one screw can be used to mount it, which in this review sample the duct seems to want to pop out of the guiding hole because of the slight relocation. Here, while it’s not popping out, this would be the area you would see do so if it happens.
Here’s what it looks like with the panel on after everything has been installed. I must say I like the look. It is a shame the acrylic window got scratched up as much as it did. You can kind of see the scratches in the power supply area on the window.