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I'm looking to buy a HAF 932, but I want a black interior. After looking at how to paint the interior and everything that involves that I've decided that the extra 20 dollars for the Black Edition is not bad at all.

Unfortunately the Black Edition comes with a completely clear window and gets rid of the fan on the side.

How is the cooling of the normal HAF 932 compared to the Black Edition? I'm air cooling by the way.

If cooling isn't affected by the window not having a fan then it's not so bad to get the Black Edition. If it is affected, I'll have to buy the 932s window, which sucks.
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post #2 of 10
The cooling is still excellent. Better than my CM 690 with a half dozen fans
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Ive owned both. They have amazing cooling with and without the side panel.
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post #4 of 10
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I suppose my question is...How much difference are we talking about without the normal HAF 932's side window? Is missing the possibility of having that 230mm fan or 4 120mm fans significant? If I buy the Black Edition, should I buy the old 932's window for the cooling?

Is it worth the 30 dollar price for the side window? (I could probably find it cheaper).
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post #5 of 10
From Legitreviews:

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ll in all, I really like what Cooler Master has done with the HAF 932 Black Edition. They took what was great in the original HAF 932 and improved upon it. Giving it a black interior was a great idea and the paint job on that is just excellent, I can't say any more good things about that. Applying a much bigger side window than the original design gave me mixed feelings. I thought the air flow would be compromised, and luckily with the GPU air duct, the airflow was not compromised in any way. Cooler Master suggests a fan with a 150CFM rating, which would really be loud in my opinion.
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The only fans I had were rated 69 CFM so when I stressed the pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 video cards running in SLI (in this case using FurMark), the temps were only about 2C higher than the Original Cooler Master HAF 932. That says a lot considering a fan with less than half the suggested airflow rating did a great job on its own. It is pulling in cool air from the front LED fan so the airflow is probably boosted a tad higher than 69 CFM. I would recommend using the R4 series from Cooler Master as they are rated at 90 CFM and should do better with a little less noise. You could always purchase a higher rated fan if you prefer.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1376/5/

Doesn't seem to play any huge factor.
Edited by Stefy - 2/16/11 at 6:52pm
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And that's with two GTX 480's
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And that's with two GTX 480's
Yes, indeed.
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post #8 of 10
Personally when I had the side panel with a fan I was close to buying the windowed version. But I am not a fan of dust, which made me not a fan of the side panel mesh.
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post #9 of 10
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Thanks, Stefy. That's exactly what I was looking for. Wow, only 2 C difference and it was only a 69CFM fan. That really puts my worries at rest. I guess the side window wasn't that big of a deal.

Either the GPU exhaust is really good or all the mesh on the window was killing the static pressure on the old 932. Awesome stuff, thanks guys.
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Thanks, Stefy. That's exactly what I was looking for. Wow, only 2 C difference and it was only a 69CFM fan. That really puts my worries at rest. I guess the side window wasn't that big of a deal.

Either the GPU exhaust is really good or all the mesh on the window was killing the static pressure on the old 932. Awesome stuff, thanks guys.
The difference is only 2C because the additional air duct (which comes with the Black Edition) is used (with a 69CFM fan).

I suppose if the air duct fan is not used, the difference will be much bigger.

In other words, the Black Edition does not suffer thermally not because the side panel 230mm fan is not contributing but because the additional air duct fan is effective.

(BTW, when I had a pair of 8800GTXs inside a regular 932, I put on dust filter to the side panel fan. With this reduction of air flow, the temperature difference was about 2-3C. That is why I imagine if the side panel fan is replaced by a window, the thermal difference could be bigger.)
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