Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition Full Tower PC Case
Cooler Master is well known for dedicating themselves to providing some of the best cooling solutions in the industry. Offering products geared towards the mainstream to the extreme, they have made quite a splash in the last decade. Whether or not it was consumer demand, Cooler Master decided to release another iteration of their popular and successful HAF 932 series, the HAF 932 Black Edition. With an all black interior and a full side panel window, it definitely looks like the case to get. The Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition comes in with a current price of $159.99
. Now, this isn't the first HAF 932 on the market. There was the original HAF 932 released in 2008, and then the AMD Edition
released a little over a year later. Both Editions have their own subtle differences compared to the original HAF 932. Most notably on this Black Edition is that we have an all black interior. Another difference is a side window that covers the majority of the side panel, which also tosses out the option for the 230 mm fan or multiple 120mm fans. Luckily it includes an air duct that should help cool today's most current enthusiast graphics cards, like the GTX 480. As with the previous HAF cases, Cooler Master included a one year limited warranty should anything go wrong in that time frame.Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition Case Features:
Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition Case Specifications:
- The HAF 932 Black Edition features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection.
- All black interior
- Window side panel
- GPU air duct (NVIDIA recommended; GTX 480 SLI requires a 150 CFM fan).
- Patented finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25 inch drive devices.
- Removable HDD racks and cable management system for better cable routing and neatness
- Easy access to liquid coolant fills port.
- Meshed back slot for providing passive cooling.
- Independent air intake designed for bottom-mounted PSU or installation of two 120mm fans
- Retaining holes for easy installation of CPU coolers.
- Model - RC-932-KWN3
- Available Color - Black
- Dimensions - (W)9.6" X (H)22.5" front half, 21.5" back half X (D)22.7"
- Weight - 29.1 lbs
- Motherboards - Micro - ATX / ATX / E-ATX (does not support Dual Xeon Nocona)
- 5.25" Drive Bay - 6 (without the use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
- 3.5" Drive Bay - 5 hidden 1 exposed (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
- Cooling System - Front: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1, 700 RPM, 110 CFM, 19 dBA
- Top: 230 x 30 mm standard fan x 1, 700 RPM, 110 CFM, 19 dBA (support 120 mm fan x 3 or 120 mm x 1 + 230 x 30 mm x 1)
- Rear: 140 x 25 mm standard fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 60 CFM, 17 dBA (support 120 mm fan x 1), 35,000 hours life expectancy
- Power Supply - Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
- I/O Panel - USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE1394a x 1, eSATA x 1, Mic x 1, Audio x 1
The HAF 932 Black Edition comes in a nice looking box with logos and pictures around it. Actually, when you look closer, it's just the same box as the original HAF 932 with just an added label on the front noting the new features of the Black Edition. That weirded me out when this arrived as I thought I had received the wrong case, but luckily the label was there to let me know it was indeed to correct case.
As mentioned, the box literally is just of the original HAF-932 with a label on the front. Here we see pictures of the original HAF 932. Personally, I can see why they did it this way, BUT I do think they should have done a little more on the descriptive part so a customer wouldn't get confused. Granted the label is sufficient; although I did get confused at first on whether this was the right one.
Even the manual is a straight copy of the original HAF 932. I kind of laughed but couldn't help but be disappointed as there was NO mention of the Black Edition or its features or accessories (since some parts never came with the Original HAF 932). It doesn't take much to figure out what the extra parts are used for, but still it would have been nice to have a mention in the book.
Included inside the case is the box of accessories. We have the extra front bay cover for installing a floppy drive or anything else that can fit in 3.5 inch measurement. Then the castor wheels, along with an 8-pin extension motherboard extension. Two other accessories were noticed that weren't included with the original HAF 932. The black sheath is actually a sticker pad that has a few black stickers that can be placed on the exposed part of an optical drive (or anything else) in the 5.25 inch bay area to match the same color as the body of the case. I like that. Next one is a little chrome nut that is used to assist in tightening the motherboard standoffs. While that's not necessarily needed, it is very handy.
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.
Once I opened up the case, I was greeted by a very nicely done black interior. This is something I feel would’ve made the original HAF 932 even better, but good things can happen to those who wait, right? Next thing we see is the GPU air duct that was introduced in the recently released HAF X. I would imagine that this was done to compensate for not having a side fan option to help cool the latest GPU’s available (most notably, Nvidia's 400 series). Not far from that is the CPU cutout. Next, we have the six tool-less 5.25 inch drive bay mounts (one of which can be converted to 3.5 inch bay) and below are the five 3.5 inch tool-less drive mounts. In front resides the 230mm RED LED fan. I’ve seen reports saying it does 150 CFM, but Cooler Master states that it is 110 CFM. Either way, that’s a good amount of air moved. In the rear, we see the 140mm fan included which is rated at 60 CFM. A 120mm fan can be mounted as well if you choose to do so. One thing to note is that previous HAF 932 editions had a paper diagram for the motherboard standoff mounts and the formats that are supported, but here it is stamped into the case itself which is nice.
The top 3.5 inch mount is outfitted with an SSD mount which I feel could have been icing on the cake in the original HAF 932. However, let’s call it as it is; Solid State Drives were not that big of a thing yet so I can’t make a fuss about it.
Cooler Master suggests using a fan blowing 150CFM to cool more than one GTX 480 with this duct. Personally, having a 120mm fan blowing 150 CFM is more or less going to be pretty loud. In my mind, I don’t think that high of a rating is needed considering the front LED fan is maybe 4 inches away. We’ll find out soon enough though.
Moving to the other side of the motherboard tray, we see the big CPU cutout hole. Honestly, it will depend on what motherboard you use to fully utilize that cutout. You also get an idea of how much room you have to route the wiring.
On top is another 230mm fan to expel the heat out of the case. You can also mount a 120mm fan next to it. The fan may be half covered by the top I/O panel but it can work just fine. In fact, if you decide the 230mm fan isn’t your cup of tea, you can install up to three 120mm fans up there. Of course, you also have the room to install a nice radiator for water cooling, too.
On bottom, we have the power supply mount which can extend to further support longer power supplies. You can detach that mount to install two 120mm fans if you’d like. However, a word of caution: using a long power supply such as the Corsair HX1000W will make it so you can’t install a 120mm fan on bottom. But at least there is a cable routing outlet there, too, to keep things nice and tidy.
Once again we see the black paint job on the side panel, which I must say Cooler Master did a fantastic job with that. Next is the acrylic window that has replaced the mesh from the original HAF 932. Also gone is the option to use a few 120mm fans or even the 230mm fan. On a side note, I want to say I'm disappointed Cooler Master didn't cover BOTH sides of the window with a protector film. The reason I mention that is because the accessories box inside the case became dislodged and bounced around during shipping, thus scratching up the window in numerous places. While not too bad, it is bad enough to notice without much effort.
Here we are greeted yet again by the black interior, and here’s where we see how much room we have to route cables behind the motherboard if needed.
Last stop on the interior section are the front panel wires. Everything needed is right here. We have the two USB 2.0 connections, firewire, e-SATA, HD Audio, power, reset and hard drive LED and switch wires. There is no USB 3.0 if you were looking for it on this case.
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.
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.