Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition PC Case ReviewThu, Aug 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM
CM HAF 932 Case Conclusions
All in all, I really like what Cooler Master has done with the HAF 932 Black Edition. They took what was great in the original HAF 932 and improved upon it. Giving it a black interior was a great idea and the paint job on that is just excellent, I can’t say any more good things about that. Applying a much bigger side window than the original design gave me mixed feelings. I thought the air flow would be compromised, and luckily with the GPU air duct, the airflow was not compromised in any way. Cooler Master suggests a fan with a 150CFM rating, which would really be loud in my opinion.
FurMark Temperatures with two GTX480′s in SLI inside Original HAF 932:
FurMark Temperatures with two GTX480′s in SLI inside HAF 932 Black Edition:
The only fans I had were rated 69 CFM so when I stressed the pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 video cards running in SLI (in this case using FurMark), the temps were only about 2C higher than the Original Cooler Master HAF 932. That says a lot considering a fan with less than half the suggested airflow rating did a great job on its own. It is pulling in cool air from the front LED fan so the airflow is probably boosted a tad higher than 69 CFM. I would recommend using the R4 series from Cooler Master as they are rated at 90 CFM and should do better with a little less noise. You could always purchase a higher rated fan if you prefer.
As said, I really enjoyed reviewing the HAF 932 Black Edition. The black paint job really kicks ass and is the best quality I’ve personally seen in a case. I like the fact that they included an SSD mount as the original HAF 932 didn’t come with one and left mine lying unmounted. The GPU air duct does work as advertised, but certain motherboards will force you to mount it a tad lower than intended which may or may not make the duct a little fussy to mount. The one year warranty and a price tag of $159.99 (at the time of this article) is also just right in my opinion, and also readily available to purchase. If Cooler Master can provide better protection for the side window, or at least secure the box of accessories, I think all will be perfect with the HAF 932 Black Edition. If not, it’s not a deal breaker. You just have to hope the internals don’t bounce around during shipping.
Legit Bottom Line: The Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition is an excellent addition to the HAF 932 series. Exceptional looks and airflow, very few flaws, and a decent price tag make this a case worth considering over most of the cases on the market.