Cooler Master HAF 932The Smith - October 2, 2008
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Closer Look (continued):
The first thing I noticed when pulling out the side panel is the square hole in the motherboard tray, which gives us the access to the back of the processor socket. The round-shaped 5.25" drive bay buttons also immediately caught my attention, along with the hard drive trays, all tool-less. Then, I noticed that there are many other holes in the motherboard tray. We'll see later if it helps managing wires.
Here is a close-up on the hard-drive tray and the 5.25" drive bay buttons. They are as simple to use as the computer power button. You push, it hangs the drive in place. You push again, it frees it. This is the simplest system I've seen so far, and Cooler Master has patented this tool-free design. The third picture is the 5.25" to 3.5" converter, along with its cover and the normal one, for comparison.
Next is the power supply support rack, which, as you can see, can be adjusted for longer ones by simply removing a screw and sliding it.
The Expansion slots are also tool-less. To replace a card, simply press on the small black arms. Then you bring them back into place. As for the hard drives, there are small metal pins which enter into the screw holes. They are covered with rubber in order to absorb vibration. If you still want to use screws, there is a hole for that in the middle.
From the interior, I figured out that the metal plate with the two grommets for water tubing can be unscrewed. It has the same layout as a power supply, so it can be installed at the bottom. But it also means the power supply can be installed at the top. However, to do that, the top fan must be removed, much like if is put at the bottom, the space where two 120mm fans can be added is lost.
These are the four fans included with the HAF 932. The transparent one with LEDs is located at the front, as I said earlier. The one with the finger guard is installed on the side, and the smaller one at the rear. Each 230mm fan draws 0.4A and is rated at 75 CFM, 19dBa. The smaller one needs 0.14A for producing 57 CFM for 17dBa. The front one can be accessed by removing the mesh at the front. Then, the top piece with the front panel can be removed by unscrewing three screws hidden under the rubber mat. It allows the user to replace the top fan by three 120mm fans, or a radiator. The side fan can also be replaced by 120mm fans. This time, there is room for four of them. By the way, the black 230mm fans require a hex wrench of 3mm in size and not the standard screwdriver.
This is what the holes in the motherboard tray allow. Cables can be runned behind it, thus freeing the inside of the case. There is also enough room between the tray and the side panel for many cables. There is also valuable room behind the hard drive cage.
Now that the computer is built in it, let's have a look at temperatures to see if it is worthy of the High Air Flow moniker.