Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition

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amd haf 932Cooler Master decided to build on their creative edge and release a new style based on the HAF 932. To go along with the Black edition, we now have the AMD Fusion edition. Without saying, I am sure you can guess the color combination for this new case. Yeah, you got it right: red and black. It is obvious that the case is aimed at the AMD fan boy, but the awesome looks would make an Intel buff build a rig around it. We're going to keep it real for this review and keep the AMD theme going. Lets take a closer look at the AMD Limited edition HAF 932.

 

Introduction to the Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition

The HAF 932 was one of the biggest hits this year for Cooler Master. The case offered tons of space for everything one would put in a tower, even a couple of water-cooling loops. The HAF was one of the first cases to offer really great cable management. Cooler Master put everything they had in this case. Only thing is at the time, it was only offered in a black exterior along with a plain Jane silver interior. Then came Black edition that was entirely covered in black paint. This was a call everybody was wanting, including myself.You often can't get a black interior, when you are looking to build a rig around black motherboards like eVGA, MSI and Asrock.

Cooler Master decided to build on their creative edge and release a new style based on the HAF 932. To go along with the Black edition, we now have the AMD Fusion edition. Without saying, I am sure you can guess the color combination for this new case. Yeah, you got it right: red and black. It is obvious that the case is aimed at the AMD fan boy, but the awesome looks would make an Intel buff build a rig around it. We're going to keep it real for this review and keep the AMD theme going. Lets take a closer look at the AMD Limited edition HAF 932.

Cooler Master take on the HAF 932 AMD Limited Edition

In collaboration with AMD, Cooler Master unleashes an AMD edition of the critically acclaimed HAF 932 which transforms your machine into beast. The HAF 932 AMD edition adds racing red to the front and is branded with the AMD dragon on the acrylic see-through side panel, representing great power and toughness to compliment the revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and protect any hardware.


Specifications

Model AM-932
 
Available Color Red
 
Dimension 243 x 560 x 564 mm
9.6 x 22.04 x 22.2 inches
 
Weight Net Weight: 13.2 kg / 29.1 lbs
Gross Weight: 15.85 kg / 35 lbs
 
Material SECC, Plastic and Mesh bezel
 
Motherboards Micro-ATX / ATX / E-ATX
 
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)
 
I/O Panel USB 2.0 x 4 , IEEE 1394a x 1 , eSATA x 1 , MIC x 1 , Audio x 1
(supports HD / AC97 audio)
 
Cooling System Front: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA
Top: 230 x 30 mm red LED fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA
(supports 120 mm fan x 3 or 120 mm x 1 + 230 x 30 x 1)
Rear: 140 x 25 mm fan x1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA
 
Expansion Slots 7
 
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)

Features

  • The HAF932 AMD edition features a fully-rugged appearance and is housed in a tough casing to offer outstanding protection
  • AMD dragon on acrylic side panel
  • 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

Closer look at the exterior

When you join the red team you have to represent it to the fullest. In order to do so, Cooler Master wrapped the front panel of the case in black with a heavy dose of red trim. From a distance, you can see how gamer-like the case really is. The only portion of the front that is not red is all the mesh areas like the drive bays and the front air intake. If you were to see this case in the mix of other cases on a store shelf, you can't help but be drawn in.

And just like the original HAF 932, this one has six 5.25" and five 3.5" drive bays. One of the 5.25" can be adapted to a 3.5", depending on your needs. Above the drive bays is the local input location, which consists of four USB, firewire and an eSATA port. I have to applaud Cooler Master for the extra USB ports as I always have a need for another one from time to time. Also, we can not forget the audio connections as well. Behind the large intake area underneath the drive bays is a even larger 230mm cooling fan which is rated at 700 RPM at 19 dBA.

And to second the AMD theme is a large windowed side panel with the Fusion logo and the trade mark dragon. I am not the biggest fan of graphics on a case, but CM did this just right. Without over doing it, AMD is well represented on this case. Missing from the side panel this one as well as the one on the opposite is cooling fans. The original has a single 230mm fan which blew over the video card and chipset area.

The top of the case consists of a small compartment area that can be used for a multitude of things. On the original case, I used it to hold my digital camera when I had to download the images for Pro-Clockers. If you decide to throw in a water-cooling loop, CM placed a hole under the rubber mat to secure a fill port. Just behind the compartment is a mesh large that hides another 230mm cooling fan. The fan can be removed and replaced with dual 120mm fans.

The rear the AMD Fusion case received no changes compared to its older brethren. A power supply can be mounted at the top or bottom of the case, evidenced by the cut-up at the top of the case. Location within the cut-up area is the water outlets, if you decide to mount your rad to the back or top of the case. For exhausting cooling a 14cm fan is used.


Closer look at the interior

Removing the thumbscrews from the rear gives you direct access to the inside of the case. A close up reveals the case is made of steel and not aluminum. Steel is used to keep the price reasonable and plus aluminum is left to the ATCS series of cases.

CM decided to leave a good thing alone and did not alter the holes and cable management options of the case. There are many holes to route all power cables from the side back into the inside of the case. All that remains is the opening in the motherboard tray for changing out the cooler without having to remove the motherboard. And out of the box CM placed a white paper on the motherboard tray to give locations for mounting stand-offs for your size motherboard which in this case could be Micro-ATX, ATX or E-ATX.

Below we have the front of the case from the inside. And as stated this case can hold six 5.25" devices and for the small bays there are five natively. One of the larger bays can be adapted to a 3.5. And because this case is mostly tool-less, CM uses plastic mechanisms to secure all your drives and other devices in place.

The rear of the case remains unchanged from the inside also. Vented PCI slot covers are used to aid in air ventilation. Plastic hooks secure your expansion cards in place. We stated that you can mount a PSU in the top of the case as well but we have to inform you that you will lose the use of the top mounted 230mm cooling fan.

If you are using a standard-sized power supply, you can add another 120mm fan to the bottom of the case. If you using a larger PSU, the rail is adjustable to accommodate the added length.


Conclusion

If you are a big AMD fan, then the Cooler Master AMD Limited Edition HAF 932 should be in your future. This case mixed with a Phenom X4 965, 790FX/GX chipset motherboard and a Radeon HD 5970 is the ideal solution. The red of the front panel is really what makes this case stand out as much as it does. Normally, I am a fan of solid colors and simplistic designs, but the original HAF and now this one have opened my eyes to allure of high end gamer cases.

The functionality is what a lot people will see in this case and as they should. The HAF offered loads of good things that will cut the build time in half. The tool-less options begin in the front of the case and spread to the rear. No tools are needed for the installation of optical and hard drive in the expansion slots. Even more impressive is the cable management of the case. All cables from the PSU to hard drives to motherboard can all be ran behind the motherboard making for a cleaner build.

Another major feature of this case is the air circulation and ventilation. The HAF offers two larger than life 230mm cooling fans at the front and top of case that move large amounts of fan at a very low noise level. The rear uses a single 140mm to allow warm air to escape. All three together is geared to high airflow at minimal noise. Lastly, I can not end this review without talking about the CM quality. The HAF is a very solid case that is extremely sturdy. You can throw whatever at this case and it will remain standing.

I was thinking that the AMD flavored HAF 932 could use some sort of fan controller to help with noise of fast speeding fans. But the case has little to no noise coming from it so the fan controller isn't really needed. Maybe one could be included for those that elect to change to smaller fans. Another option that I would have like to see is maybe a black and red interior to match the outside of the case. That would have looked sweet.

Places like FrozenCPU have the case going for approximately $170. Not to bad of a price when you think about how much the original still goes for: about $130.

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