Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Case Review



Product: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Company: Cooler Master
Author: Nicholas Conroy
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: July 17th, 2011

A Closer Look

Starting up top we find a storage tray complete with rubber mat and fill port for water cooling systems. We also find power and reset buttons, and all our I/O ports (sans USB 3.0).

Moving down we find our two missing USB 3.0 ports. Rather than making room with the 932s other I/O ports, Cooler Master has opted to give the 932 Advanced a separate 5.25 panel just for the two USB 3.0 ports. Although on the surface this panel looks like it could be used as an additional 5.25 to 3.5 adapter, we quickly find that the bar holding the USB ports has been riveted on. The last thing to note here is that the inclusion of USB 3.0 is one of a handful of features that set the HAF 932 Advanced apart from the original HAF 932.

When I removed the side panels the first thing I noticed wasn't the easy-to-remove thumb screws, the all black interior (another new feature for the HAF 932 Advanced), the screw less expansion slots or drive bays, the cutouts for CPU coolers and wire routing, the four internal fans, or even the massive amount of space. No, the first thing I noticed was the unbelievable weight of both side panels. At 5lbs each, the two side panels together easily make up more than a third of the 932s total weight! This weight is the result of Cooler Master using very thick steel, indeed thicker than on almost any other part of the case. Although this does make the case very sturdy, it may also make opening the case a bit of a chore.

Inside we also find the usual box of additional hardware, including the expected set of screws, standoffs, zip ties, and 5.25 to 3.5 adapter along with a set of wheels and a very useful 8-pin CPU power extension cable. Small touches like this are always welcome as they make system builds much less painful when you realize your PSUs CPU power cable is too short.

Lets move on and get a better look at what the 932 Advanced has to offer on the inside.