by Ryan Perry on August 12, 2011 in Cases & PSUs
Cooler Master’s HAF series of cases have long been favored by many enthusiasts thanks to their sturdy construction and feature-rich likeness. This was especially true with the HAF 932 released three years ago. For that reason it has been updated to an ‘Advanced’ edition, bringing a refreshed look and some worthwhile new features.
When taking everything on the previous pages into account, the only thing I can think of that would keep someone from buying the HAF 932 Advanced would be the looks. Personally, I think the HAF series looks great. Even the low-end 912 looks very rugged and ready for war, but to each their own.
Where looks are subjective, let’s go over the facts. The case is built very well with no flexing in the frame and only what is expected in the right panel given the size of it, all of the parts installed cleanly and are held securely in place regardless of the method, and cooling is top notch.
There are a couple of things that I would like to see changed though. For instance, in order for a top mounted power supply to be used, the 230mm fan in this area needs to be removed. Sacrificing cooling performance because a top mounted power supply is either preferred or needed, or a dual power supply system is to be run, could make prospective buyers look elsewhere. Tacking on the extra height, at least in this area, isn’t too much to ask.
Also, there are no air filters behind the front panel or on the underside of the case. There are cases that sell for half the price that include these, so I was surprised to find them missing.
As mentioned before, the front panel USB 3.0 ports are connected directly to the header on a motherboard, so those with older or lower-end systems will not be able to make use of them without an internal expansion card that runs off of an open PCIe slot – but this is an FYI, not a complaint.
One of the biggest selling points of the HAF 932 Advanced is the price when compared to other full-tower cases. $150 seems to be about what most online retailers have it selling for, with very few other models that can match its functionality for less money.
Again, there is no reason for owners of the original HAF 932 to beat a path to their favorite store seeing how very little has changed aside from adding USB 3.0 support and a black interior. For those who have been eying the 932, this is the time to jump head first into one.
If you need a big case with big features and big cooling, this is the one for you.
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
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