Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case

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Posted by on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 8:00am

CM HAF 932 AdvanceToday we finally get a chance to take a look at the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced case. Cooler Master has added some features from its top of the line HAF X to the 932 Advanced. The 932 Advanced still has all the rugged looks the HAF series is known for as well as USB 3.0 support and a freshly painted black interior. What else has Cooler Master added you might ask? Read more to find out.

 

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Introduction to the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced

Over the years we have taken a look at many of the HAF series cases. The HAF series is one of Cooler Master’s most popular case designs. The cases rugged looks and “High Air Flow” span from the low end 912 to the top dog the HAF X. Cooler Master has released a refreshed 932 Advanced which adds some features that were missing from the original. Most of the new features came from the HAF X which includes a painted black interior, a GPU fan shroud that provides more direct air flow from the front of the case to the GPU, and front panel USB 3.0 support.  What else has Cooler Master added you might ask? Read more to find out. 


Specifications

Dimension (W)243 x (H)560 x (D) 564 mm
(W)9.6” x (H)22.0” x (D)22.2”
 
Weight 13.4 kg / 29.5lbs
 
Motherboards Micro - ATX / ATX / E-ATX
 
Expansion Slots 7
 
5.25" Drive Bay 5 (without the use of exposed 3.5" drive bay)
 
3.5" Drive Bay 5 Hidden
1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25" drive bay)
 
2.5" Drive Bay 4 (converted from two 3.5" drive bay)
 
Cooling System Front: 230 x 30mm Red LED Fan x 1, 700 RPM, 19 dBA

Side: 230 x 30mm Standard Fan x 1, 700 RPM, 19 dBA (support 120 x 25 Fan x 4)

Top: 230 x 30mm Standard Fan x 1, 700 RPM, 19 dBA (support 120mm Fan x 3 or 120mm x 1 + 230 x 30mm x 1)

Rear: 140 x 25mm Standard Fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA (support 120 x 25mm Fan x 1)

 
I/O Panel USB 3.0 x 2
USB 2.0 x 4, IEEE1394a x 1, Mic x 1, Audio x 1
 
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)
 
Warranty 2 years

Features

  • USB 3.0 Internal Connector
  • Rugged Black coated interior
  • The HAF features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection
  • A rugged HAF comes equipped to operate with unparalleled thermal performance
  • Patented finger-press buttons for quickly maintaining or upgrading 5.25” drive devices
  • Removable HDD racks and cable management system for better cable routing and neatness

Closer look at the exterior

We begin with a look at the outside of the case.

Not much has changed from the original 932 AS it still has four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, an eSATA port, and power and hard drive activity lights.

You can also see the front panel USB 3.0 ports located in one of the 5.25 bays.

The 5.25 bay covers are well ventilated but are missing dust filters. The bay covers are easily removable by pushing in on the sides and pulling out.

 

You can also see the massive 230mm front intake fan, which glows red when powered on. At the very least we would have liked to have seen a dust filter installed here as well, especially considering the fact the front cover is so easily removable.

 

 

Moving around to the side you can see five little stamped vents (aka louvers) that provide fresh air for the hard drives.

The side panel holds a small window that comes shipped with a layer of film to protect from scratches. Below it is another giant 230mm fan, which this one blows fresh air directly on the GPU area. This fan can alternatively be replaced with four 120mm fans if you choose to do so.


 

Moving to the top of the case you can see the third 230mm fan. This is replaceable by three 120mm fans, a combination of  230mm+120mm fans, or a 360mm radiator. [Editor's Note: Since it took me a bit to accept this, despite that even CM's site says it capable, I just could not see the ability for the Advanced to mount three 120mm fans on top, not to mention 230+120. Then it dawned on me, the third location is under the raised area... *sigh* Thought I'd mentioned that in case anyone else was scratching their head too.]

 

There is also a small mated area where you can place your USB drives, house keys or anything else you generally happen to set on your case. The mat lifts up to reveal a convenient fill port location to add coolant to your water cooling setup (with consideration taken into account for the port to be at the highest point). The large flush mounted power button and smaller reset button (right) are also located on top.

 

Moving to the back of case you can see the stock 140mm exhaust fan which comes included. There are also seven ventilated expansion slots, with a tall vented area next to them for even more air flow.

 

At the top we have a panel fitted with two grommet clad ports for water cooling hoses. In a unique twist, this panel can be moved to the bottom PSU location, or removed altogether to run two PSUs in one case! However, should you choose to install a PSU in the top of the case you must remove the top 230mm fan. A worthwhile sacrifice if you actually require that much power, especially considering you are still left with two 120mm fan mount location.

The bottom of the case has four media center-style feet and can be replaced by four included caster wheels. You can also see the ventilated PSU area and a mounting area for another 120mm fan, provided your PSU isn’t too long.


A closer look at the inside

Inside we find a box of accessories which include the install guide, a bag of screws and zip-ties, the four caster wheels (two locking), an 8-pin extension cable, a card reader front bay adapter, and six black stickers.

What are those stickers for, you ask? [I actually did! -Editor] Well they are for the sides of any 5.25 accessories installed.

 

Which... I forgot to install. D'oh! [*points* "Haa-Haaa!" -Nelson -Editor]

Here we see the painted black interior that many people wanted from the first HAF 932. We can also see that each fan comes with a molex adaptor as well as a three pin connector, which can connect directly to a motherboard or a fan controller.

We also see the newly added GPU air duct that provides more direct air flow across the graphics cards, but adding the fan is up to you.

 

As we look at the motherboard tray we can see a large cutout for accessing the CPU backplate without removing the motherboard from the case. The 932 Advanced supports ATX, Micro ATX, and E-ATX form factors. It also has plenty of cutouts for cable management and plenty of zip-tie pop-outs to secure any loose cables.

The cutout has a plastic protector around the edges to prevent cuts.

 

The cable management cutouts are rounded to prevent cuts to cables and fingers. I wish Cooler Master had used some rubber grommets to better hold cables when routing them through the cutouts.

 

At the bottom we have a riser for the PSU to sit on that is adjustable to accommodate longer power supplies.

Up front we can see the five tool-less hard drive racks which is cooled by the massive 230mm intake fan.

In the top two contain two 2-in-1 2.5 inch adapters for any SSD’s you need to install. The racks have little rubber grommets to prevent vibration noise and allow for quick installation.

 

Moving up we can see the six 5.25 in bays one of which is being used by the USB 3.0 ports. The bays have a tool-free design which secures any drives with just a push of a button. They also have a little hole which you can use a screw to secure any devices that don’t get held in place by the locking mechanism.

 

Cooler Master wisely used a black USB 3.0 cable for the front ports that plugs right into your motherboard USB 3.0 header. There is nothing worse than a bright blue cable running right through your all black interior.

 

At the back of the case we see the tool-less expansion slots that are ventilated and the 140mm exhaust fan.


 

At the top of the case we see the 230mm exhaust fan which can be removed to make room for a 360mm radiator.

 


Installation

The HAF 932 Advanced is a giant case with plenty of room to work with and with its tool-less design installation was a breeze. There is plenty of room for even the longest graphics cards with up to 12.6 inches of clearance.

Again, the cable management was excellent in this case with plenty of cutouts and zip-tie locations.

The hard drive racks were very easy to work with and just popped right back in.

With the GPU fan shroud installed it provided better airflow and helped hide some of the SATA cables from view.

When the power was turned on you see the front 230mm red fan glow and the default fans were barely audible.


Thermal Tests

The HAF 932 Advanced really lived up to its "High Air Flow" name when tested against my old case. The following results were achieved by letting the computer idle for 10 minutes to get a base temperature, then Furmark and Prime95 were fired up together to load both the CPU and GPU to get a max temperature reading. The HAF 932 really shows off how much more air flow it provides and how much cooler your components can run, as you can see when compared to a case with only one 120mm fan intake and one 120mm exhaust fan.

 


Conclusion

Cooler Master has taken one of their most popular cases and revamped it by adding many of the features that people were asking for, yet still kept it at the same price point of $159 ($139.99 with MIR at time of writing). On Newegg.com this case has a 5 out of 5 Egg rating with 2,000 total reviews, which goes to show just how popular and beloved this case is. At this price point the 932 Advanced is a great buy for anyone looking to buy a full tower case with lots of room to upgrade. The 932 Advanced has everything one could want in a full tower, from USB 3.0 support to the three massive and quiet 230mm fans. Those going for the water cooling route will also love this case for its ability to drop in a 360mm radiator on top with plenty of room for pumps and reservoirs left over.

The amount of air flow this case has will move a lot of dust into the case without dust filters, which is about the only bad thing we can say. So anyone with pets, but especially those whose computer is on a hardwood or uncarpeted floor, you'll definitely want to consider buying a dust filter material to outfit the fans with.

All in all this is a great upgrade to the original 932, has lots of options for water cooling and plenty of room for anything else you want to put in it. The only things I would add to this case would be some kind of dust filters for the intake fans.

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