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Cooler Master HAF 932 Case Review

by AkG     |     November 6, 2008

Water Cooling Options



Out of the box this case has a plethora of water cooling options. Letís start with a basic single loop and work our way up to more esoteric setups. The basic single loop, single 120mm radiator is what we like to call a tried and true approach to water cooling and it is how the majority of people get their feet wet so to speak.

In the HAF 932 you can have a single radiator in numerous places. The most obvious of these is the back 140mm fan location. By simply purchasing your basic Swiftech H2O 120 kit you can easily convert this location into your radiator and reservoir location. Also, finding alternate locations for a single-fan radiator is very easy in this case like on the side panel (if you leave the enough slack in the tubing line). If you remove the top 230mm fan you install a 120mm fan and a Swiftech radiator for a top mounted loop (to avoid leaks I would recommend against a rad + res combo in this instance). Alternately you could go with a top mounted PSU and place the rad in the bottom.


For the purposes of this review we will leave the lone MCR120 RAD + Res combo in the back exhaust location. However, when it comes to single radiators your options are basically only limited by your imagination. This case may have a few more options than most but single 120mm size radiators are a little passť now. Moving up to your dual 120mm radiator, single loop setup your options are almost exactly the same as the single.


If you remove the top 230mm fan you can easily mount a radiator here, but the same caveats listed for the single rad still apply. If you really wanted to, you could mount two dual rads on the side panel, as this panel is thick and strong enough to take it. As with the single rad, if you go with a top mounted PSU you could in theory mount a rad on the bottom and have it expel its hot air out the bottom of the case.

Since we are not fans of bottom mounted Rads we are going to place a lone dual on the side panel, and leave it at that for duals. For most cases single and dual internally mounted radiators would be tight fit; this case you can fit multiple inside but even this is only the beginning of the fun. The real fun is in mounting a triple bay rad inside the HAF 932!


When it comes to triple 120mm radiators things do become a little bit trickier. You cannot mount a triple radiator inside the case where the lone 140mm exhaust fan is, but you can use a radbox and externally mount it to the back of the case. This is pretty well par for the course for bigger cases. What is unusual is Cooler Master states you can mount a triple ran to the upper inside portion of this case.

Believe it or not, in our trails with the HAF 932 a full length Swiftech triple bay rad easily fits along the inside top. Heck, if you are so inclined you could mount fans on both sides of the rad for a push / pull setup and still have lots of room for the rest of your computer kit.


The only caveat we have with the method of mounting a triple rad is you have to first remove the front zone of the top of the case. This is easily done by unscrewing three screws from the floor of the storage bin, sliding it back and then lifting up and off. As you can see in the above photos a bit more than half of the third fan will be underneath the plastic container; in most cases this would be a bad thing. However, Cooler Master has taken this into consideration and the part of the bin which overhangs the fan is ventilated so no hot air will hang up here. All in all this is an great way of keeping the length of the case to something bordering on reasonable; while at the same time giving you all the water cooling freedom you could want.


Of course with a top mounted triple you will have to sacrifice the top two 5.25 bays as things may get a bit cramped (tubing wise) otherwise. To us, only being able to use 4 of the front bays is a small price to pay for having triple radiator goodness. With a good triple rad you definitely will be able to cool down even the hottest-running CPUs; and not have to resort to ugly external rad boxes to do it!


If you really want to go all out you could mount a single rad, a double and even a triple inside this case easily. All at the same time. Simply have the single in the back, your pump on the case floor in front of the PSU, and have it loop from the single rad + res (might as well have it as a combo, as you can never have to much extra fluid) to your CPU to the first double, then through the GPU block, then through the second double, through a reservoir (or T line) and then back to the pump. For something like this we would go with either a double Den Danger Den custom top and mount two MCP350s (aka Liang DDC 3.1) or have a second DD CPX-Pro in the loop to keep pressures up.

Quite honestly, the possibilities for single and multi-loop setups boggles the mind and you could get a heck of a lot more fancy than the one we suggested. Cooler Master certainly went all out when it came to water cooling options for this case, and even included integrated holes for external water cooling options. This just goes to show that those brilliant engineers are like us and they too donít believe in overkill. The only thing which exceeds the options available to even the most WC fanatic is shear ease of installation. Just as with the computer components it was probably one of the easiest multiple internal rad setups we have ever done. Bloody good job Cooler Master.
 
 
 

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