Date: May 14th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
At first glance, the case appeared to be unscathed, but closer inspection revealed some minor damage caused by the loose bay covers. It's difficult to assign blame here, but it would seem that Cooler Master could beef up the packaging a bit to minimize the effects of the rough handling that is bound to occur during shipping. Although this damage is relatively minor, as consumers, we all want a perfect product after laying out our hard-earned cash.
On a similar note, the accessory box had also come loose from its moorings inside the case and was then free to rattle around the interior. Fortunately, damage was limited to a few scuffs on the paper standoff guide. I was apprehensive about the acrylic side window and its graphic, but a close examination revealed no damage. It would appear that Cooler Master should revisit the packaging for the HAF 932 series.
After cracking the case open to get to the accessory box, we find a few changes from the original HAF. There is a zip bag containing hardware needed for installation and a red bay insert that can be used for a floppy drive or similar sized device. Along with the manual, Cooler master has provided a folded template to assist the user in the correct placement of motherboard standoffs, depending upon which form factor motherboard is being used. The 8-pin motherboard auxiliary extension cable could come in very handy with a power supply mounted in the bottom of a full-tower case like the HAF. Just in case your motherboard doesn't have one onboard, Cooler Master has included a mini speaker/buzzer. The black square incorporates six stickers to hide a small area visible on the ODD body after installation. We'll go over this later, but it's a nice touch that Cooler Master didn't include on the HAF that I reviewed earlier. Lastly, there is a set of four casters, two featuring a locking mechanism, for the bottom of the HAF.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
If you're somewhat familiar with the original HAF 932 then you won't find many differences in the AMD Edition, with the exception of the red front panel and the side window complete with dragon appliqué. If you don't know much about the original, you can see the Tweaknews review HERE . This caused Cooler Master to sacrifice the side panel fan which may hamper cooling in the expansion card area, although the new fan scheme coupled with the case ventilation design may serve to minimize the difference.