Cooler Master HAF 932

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Cooler Master HAF 932


Date
: 11/17/08 – 03:18:04 PM

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Page 1 : Index

Manufacturer:
Cooler Master

Cooler Master certainly needs no introduction here at Overclockers Online as they produce a wide range of products from various cooling devices to power supplies and cases. Cooler Master has had many successful full towers in recent years from their Stacker line to the Cosmos 1000.

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Through the past several years we have seen a much needed movement towards larger and quieter fans. In keeping with this advancement, today I have Cooler Master's latest offering in the full tower chassis market, the HAF 932. The 'HAF' stands for High Air Flow, which might make you think it contains a large amount of 120mm fans, but you would be partly wrong. As you read on you will see that the HAF 932 takes a much better and quieter approach to better airflow.


Page 2 : Package and Accessories

We'll begin with the packaging.

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The HAF 932 box is all black with a picture of the case on both front and back. On the front is just the case name while the back also contains a few pictures highlighting features of the case.

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On the sides of the box are specifications and retail product barcodes.

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Once removed from the box, the HAF 932 is enclosed in a plastic covering and sandwiched in between two foam pieces. This is pretty standard protection and will generally protect against all but the worst mishandling by the shipping companies.

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Included with the case is a bag full of a good portion of screws, standoffs and zip ties. There is also a set of castors, 8-pin power extension, 3.5′ bezel, instruction manual and a template that shows what standoff mounts are needed for different form factors.


Page 3 : Specifications

I grabbed the specifications straight from Cooler Master's product page here.

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The biggest thing that jumps out is that the HAF 932 sports a total of three 230mm fans and one 140mm fan. Also if you choose to go to more of an extreme measure, you can remove the included fans and have support for a total of 11 120mm fans.


Page 4 : Exterior

After a look at the specs, we'll begin our tour of the case itself.

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From the front you can see the six 5.25′ bays and you get the first taste of the industrial look the HAF entails. The front panel has power and activity LEDs, headphone and mic ports, eSATA port, IEEE1394 port, and 4 USB ports. I like how the two sets of USB ports are separated so that wider USB devices won't interfere with other USB ports.

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The 5.25′ covers remove by pressing in on a tab on the side without having to remove anything else. The lower panel pulls off and we can see the first 230mm fan. This fan can be removed and replaced with a 120mm fan if you wanted, though I honestly don't know why you would want to.

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The left side features a split section of Plexiglas window and wire mesh. The window has a grid pattern to continue the industrial look while the mesh portion has a 230mm fan mounted. There are mounting holes in the wire mesh to support four 120mm fans with the larger fan removed. On the lower right you can see vents that are situated adjacent to the hard drive bays. Above this is the case name in a slightly glossy black.

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The back panel is fairly standard but uses a 140mm fan instead of the more common 120mm size. The top optional PSU mounting location has a cover plate with two holes for watercooling access. I'm actually somewhat happy that there is no I/O panel included since the stock ones never seem to match up with most motherboards of today and just end up being tossed or getting lost.

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On the right panel there is a slightly raised section that helps with continuing the look of the case but also allows for more room behind the motherboard tray. More vents are located on the opposite side of the hard drive bays.

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On the top of the case is the third of the 230mm fans; with this removed we have mounting holes for 3 120mm fans. Towards the front is a small tray that is lined with a rubber insert. Once the insert is removed there is a hole built in for use with a water cooling fill port. The power and reset buttons are also located along the top front.

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On the bottom are four solid case feet. These can be removed and replaced with the included wheels. There is venting on the bottom located below the lower PSU mounting area.

While case aesthetics will always be in the eyes of the beholder, I like the look and openness of the HAF 932. It's time to venture to the inside to see what lurks beneath the shell.


Page 5 : Interior

We'll start by removing the left side panel.

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Taking a closer look at the 230mm fan mounted on the side it comes with a fan guard to protect from any cables. This fan, like the others, has a 3 pin connector but also comes with a 3 to 4 pin molex adapter.

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Gazing inside for the first time, it's nice to see the return of the toolless 5.25′ drive installation system from the Cosmos, which is by far my favorite to date. Below the hard drive bays are located side to side. There is a small tray that the PSU sits on in the bottom, which can be removed and reveals a location for two more 120mm fans. Cooler Master has done a great job with placing holes in the motherboard tray for cable management, with a total of 6 well placed cutouts. And possibly my favorite feature and one that I am surprised is not included in all modern cases, is the cutout behind the CPU mounting area. With most modern heatsinks requiring backplates, this little gem keeps you from having to remove the whole board to install a new heatsink.

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The PCI slots also contain a toolless system, you simply push in the curved lever and it swings open. The case is clearly aimed at high air flow as even the PCI slot covers are made of wire mesh.

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The hard drive caddies have a lever in front that locks them in place on the right. With the hard drives being situated sideways like this helps to hide the power and data cables and should keep a cleaner look in the case.

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On the right side with the side panel removed you can again see the cutouts for cable management. There is a decent amount of space to hide cables and all along the inside of the cutouts are small notches for zip tying cables.

We've talked about all of the features, now it's time to install a system and see how it all works.


Page 6 : Installation

I won't bore you with a step by step install. I like to take the installation section to point out any potential problems but quite honestly the HAF 932 was the easiest case to install a system into that I have ever used. The HAF 932 is about as close to tool free as you can get, as the only time I actually had to use a tool was to screw in the motherboard and PSU; that's it, everything else was completely tool free.

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The hard drive caddies are simple and quite secure. You simply slide one side in, and then pull the other side out a little bit to insert the drive.

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Even after everything is installed, there is plenty of room and cable management was a breeze. What you see here was an install that took about 30 minutes. With most cases I can spend an hour or more just on cable management alone.

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As I noted earlier, there is ample room behind the tray and with the cutouts it is a breeze to tuck away most of the cables out of sight.

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Once the case is powered up you can see the red LED of the front 230mm fan. I almost wish Cooler Master had used a red instead of blue for the power and activity LED's on the front, as the blue is a little overpowering over the red.

With a system installed the case does weigh quite a bit, so I wouldn't recommend lugging this case to weekly LAN parties, unless you install the included wheels and roll it around.


Page 7 : Testing

The following system was installed and used to gather temperatures:

CPU: Intel C2D E8400
MB: Gigabyte P35-DS3R
RAM: G.Skill PI Black PC6400
Video: Biostar GeForce 9600GT
PSU: Ultra X3 1000W
HD: WD 250GB SATA
DVD-Rom: Lite-On 18x DVD Burner SATA
OS: Microsoft Windows XP w/ SP2
Ambient Temperature: 24-25C

Cases:

Cooler Master HAF 932

Antec 300 (TriCool fans on High)

To achieve idle temperatures, I allowed the system to sit with no processes running for three hours and recorded the temperatures using Everest Ultimate.

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At idle the HAF 932 matches the temperatures of the Antec 300. One thing that doesn't show up in the graph is that the HAF 932 does this with far less noise than the 300 on high, a clear benefit of the 3 230mm fans.

Next we'll put the system under load. For load temperatures I ran Orthos blend test while also running 3DMark06 for 3 hours.

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Under load you can see that the HAF seems to separate itself a bit in the main heat generating areas, the CPU and GPU.


Page 8 : Conclusion

With the HAF 932, Cooler Master has another outstanding full tower case in their arsenal. The HAF 932 lives up to the high air flow name and comes packed with plenty of features to help with a clean install. It has quickly become my favorite case to work on.

It's really hard to find any fault with the HAF 932 aside from it being heavy. However, this weight is due to the steel construction which gives the case strength. And while I dig the industrial styling of the case, I realize not everyone will so this may be a negative to some.

While many full tower cases are going for $200 or more, the HAF 932 can be had for around $160 US, making it an exceptional buy in my book.

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Positives

  • Three 230mm Fans

  • Quiet
  • Nearly entirely toolless
  • Sturdy
  • Great price

Negatives

Heavy

Overclockers Online would like to thank Cooler Master for supplying the HAF 932 for review.

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