Another disappointment is the lack of any kind of removable motherboard tray – yes, you’ll only spend a day building your system, but being able to install many of the components outside the confines of a case can make the whole process a heck of a lot easier.
Thankfully Cooler Master hasn’t completely lost the plot though, as the HAF 932 is extremely roomy inside (supporting even E-ATX motherboards with plenty of space left over), which lessens the blow somewhat, and have also cut a hole in the motherboard mount panel so you can access the rear of your CPU socket to easily install back plate mounted heatsinks.
Maybe it’s just because I spend a good amount of my time here at bit-tech
with my head inside of cases fitting heatsinks and installing systems, but this inclusion is utter genius! Why it hasn’t been done before I’ll never know, but it makes fitting back plate heatsinks a snap – just remove both the case’s side panels and you have full access to the areas you need on either side of the motherboard to fit even the trickiest of heatsinks.
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The HAF 932 also has some very nifty design features in its HDD and 5.25” drive mounting systems, both of which are brilliantly easy to use and significantly streamline the process of drive installation. The five 3.5” HDD bays work using a great vibration dampening slide in/slide out toolless drive tray system that makes adding in additional hard drives a doddle – just release the tray’s catch, slide it out, drop the drive in by slightly bending the drive tray, and slide back in.
Fitting the 5.25” drives is even easier as the HAF 932 inherits the excellent Cooler Master push button drive bay system of the Cooler Master Cosmos. All you need to do is pop off the front drive blanking plates, slide the drive into the bay and push the button – two pins lock the drive into place via the standard screw holes, and you’re done – it really is that easy.
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Another excellent design inclusion is the decision to elevate the motherboard mount panel slightly away from the side panel, allowing plenty of space for cable routing all around the motherboard via well placed holes cut in the motherboard panel – this is something inherited from Antec's P180 series of cases. Cooler Master even includes an eight-pin CPU power cable extension cable so your PSU cables will reach even if you route it beneath the board – another simple inclusion that demonstrates great attention to the little.