Revisiting the HAF 932 Chassis with my homemade fan mod
by - Casey Nolan | 3 years ago
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HAF, otherwise known as ‘High Airflow Casing/ Chassis,’ was Cooler Master’s iconic product. A lot of mixed reviews came in when the casing was released back in the good old days. Some people didn’t like it because, let’s just say, they either did not have the reservoir water cooling kit to install in the rubber protected bay, or they were just jealous.
I got mine for $80; it is available at Amazon for $190+, but I don’t know for sure. You don’t have to buy HAF 932 because this is an old chassis. However, if you are a fan mode freak and need to buy a case for customization purposes, HAF series products are the best. The 932 model was modded by many video games and movies fans – so much so that I saw a Transformer and World of Warcraft theme based HAF 932 chassis. It was a beauty to look at.
By the way, Cooler Master released an advanced version of the HAF 932 chassis; this one is known as HAF 932A. In both scenarios, you are paying for an imposing hulk with tons of support options, extension ports, fan modding features and etc. The purpose of writing this Cooler Master HAF 932 post is to let you in on a very simple, but highly effective fan mod I did the other day.
Modding your Cooler Master HAF 932 with basic fans setup is easy:
As you can see, I used a 140mm fan from my other CM Scout casing to attach to the inside panel of the HAF 932. You can use Silicone Gel, Super Stick Glue or any other form of sticking substance to attach the extra fan.
The cable of this extra 140mm CM fan was long enough to touch the Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard at the connection port. This port was located at the top side of the motherboard, just near the point where we connect the CPU/ Processor fan.
The fan installation was simple | Also notice the insulated foam that i installed to block the noise (if/any)
Pretty simple isn’t it? Yes, indeed the entire process is simple. I also used a second 140mm LED red color fan from my CM Scout casing and attached it at the bottom of the CM HAF 932. This LED fan was attached through screws at the base of the chassis.
The huge fan on the left side is actually the top panel fan on the inside.
After the connections, I had a total of 6 fans installed in my chassis. The entire cooling system was rigged to allow the air flow in a channeled manner. Therefore I made sure that the fans are connected in a way that air is taken in, and then exhausted out of the chassis to allow maximum cooling.
If you are a first time HAF 932 owner, you need to know this:
By default, HAF 932 works pretty well; it can maintain your motherboard and processor temperature in check, but not to the ideal levels. To achieve maximum cooling potential, you’re going to have to mod the case as you see fit – or as your budget allows you to.
I am looking for water cooling kits; not the ones that come with two tube pipes and radiator because I want the whole package. My ideal rig for cooling is LED tubes and cooling running throughout the entire system. The idea is to keep CPU, my SLI setup and motherboard all connected through the water cooling system, or maybe the liquid nitrogen system as long as the reservoir bay at top of this chassis can provide support.
Exterior and overall build quality: HAF 932 is a full tower casing. It is heavy and gets even heavier if you have installed 3 – 4 hard drives, a DVD ROM, a heavy duty power supply, a larger than life motherboard and of course some additional stuff. I am referring to my setup; it is kind of extreme, but it helps me a lot when I need to test or benchmark new hardware for review.
You can see that my cable management is pretty neat in this chassis. All thanks to the space and enough room for me to move my hands in the chassis compartments, I have tried to maintain neatness factor. Without any noticeable gaps, the panels, HAF 932 acrylics and steel – they all merge together in a themed manner.
In terms of style, I usually hear that HAF chassis are a bit understated. “Not very creative” and “boring” or “meh” designs are part of the comments. Well, even though it gets ugly, the chassis was built from two unique perspectives:
- To allow full liberty to people who want to customize, paint and rig the chassis.
- To maintain the focus on “High Air Flow” objectives, while keeping the looks department to a minimal level.
Admit it, even though if any chassis is a looker, if it is not doing a good job at keeping the temperature within limit, you have yourself a useless product. You cannot afford to toast your motherboard, or CPU; eventually you are going to need a better chassis – and for this factor alone, anyone is willing to sacrifice a little on the visuals.
On the outside, at the very top, the chassis holds a rubber panel. It has a small lid to help users pull up the entire panel, which immediately reveals a small cavity underneath. This cavity is basically a bay reservoir for your soon-to-be installed water cooling kit. If you don’t have a water cooling kit, this specific feature of the HAF 932 is rendered useless.
Closer look at the interior sections: Since I didn’t talk in detail about the interior sections of this chassis, let me explain things a little. Overall, the HAF 932 Cooler Master has amazing cooling potential. Sitting underneath the gun metal grey side panel, there is a 240mm fan. You can remove this fan to install 4 small 120 mm fans side by side and top to bottom; the choice is yours.
When you take a look inside, the top panel of the chassis has another big fan to reveal. This one circulates the air at a very reasonable speed in order to maintain the noise levels. I also took the liberty of installing insulated foam throughout the floor paneling and side panel sections to reduce any whirring noises; they get a little irritating over time.
There is an additional 140 mm fan sitting at the rear, and a 230 mm fan at the front section. The front fan has Red LED which turns On by default whenever the computer is in use. The entire ventilation system encourages the air to pass through one point; it gets cycled and then exits the chassis. Granted that you installed additional fans after strategizing their location, you will be getting an additional advantage over the cooling system.
The Power Supply Unit, depending on its size, can be mounted at either the top side or the bottom side. Since I am using the GX750 CM Bronze PSU, and it takes a lot of space, I installed it at the bottom section of the chassis. The roof is left for the big fan and any additional water cooling radiator mount fans, in case I have decided to replace the roof section with something more efficient.
Performance wise, the HAF 932 is a decent bargain. The company has done a good job in keeping the noise levels down and airflow at its best without sacrificing other standards. Visuals, on the other hand, are a bit below expectations. I won’t be talking about the design of this chassis because I have already written about it earlier in the rant-ish sort of review.
Moving on, the lack of dust filter system or any other filters is a huge turn off. Especially when people are considering buying a chassis like this one, they need the filters to be there by default. Probably you can buy filter fans at Amazon or other retailer websites to replace the default ones. However, buyers expect such measures to be taken in consideration at the time of product announcement.
All in all, HAF 932 is a good chassis if not the best of the best out there. You will not be disappointed in your purchase. These days, you can get a lot of other good computer chassis, so the choice is yours. This model was released a long time ago; there are better ones out there. I got mine through a friend for very cheap price – that’s why I love it.
About Casey Nolan
Hello everyone, I am Bilal Malik AKA 'Casey Nolan'; Head Editor and owner of 'Infinarium.Com'. For product reviews, article requests, recommendations, or if you just want to get something off your chest, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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