Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Case

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
The HAF 922....like the 932 but without the chest hairI'm struggling with this one as the 922 hasn't exactly had the easiest start in life, trying to live up to the standards of its bigger brother the 932. You cant argue with the test results this case really did a great job of keeping the test set up cool.
 
Despite this success I cant help feeling let down by the 120mm fan spacing in the roof as this is nothing short of ignorance in my book. Water cooling is a far bigger market now than it ever has been and Cooler Master has been doing so well catering for it. But now when they really could have hit the nail on the head they decide to throw in a curve ball with 20mm spacings. Its a bit late when the industry has practically agreed on a 15mm standard. Even now writing this I am trying to work out what I have missed as this is not the way to appeal to a wider market.
 
So if your looking for a small case to watercool then Ive got to say this isn't the case for you, which is a great shame. If how ever you want full tower airflow in a mid tower package then the HAF 922 is perfect and I cant recommend it enough.
 
The 922 is available for £86.99 from Novatech which is about £25 cheaper than the Storm Sniper, it performs the same and some might say is easier on the eye as well so its a pretty big saving for the same case with a more subtle body kit.
 
 
The Good
- Great Airflow
- Plenty of room for cables, even a non modular PSU
- Easy installation even with full sized components
- Cheaper than a CM Storm Sniper
 
The Mediocre
- Steel Construction
- Limited PSU airflow, when mounted facing downward
 
The Bad
- No 15mm radiator support
- Limited water cooling options
 
 
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Thanks to Cooler Master for sending the HAF 922 in for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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31-07-2009, 09:02:57

tinytomlogan
After the sucess of the HAF 932 we couldnt wait to get our hands on the new HAF 922.

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31-07-2009, 13:26:15

midnightray
Nice review Tom, like the comparisons you make to other cases guess it will help people compare and figure out which is best for them.

31-07-2009, 14:02:20

diablo170
Gd review , disappointed with the fan spacing that case had potential =[

31-07-2009, 14:48:25

tinytomlogan
My exact thoughts there too dude

06-08-2009, 07:15:54

AydST
doesn't HAF stand for High Air Flow....hence maybe why the lack of rad support.......

06-08-2009, 07:22:00

tinytomlogan
The 932 had 15mm spacings and the 922 is meant to be water compatable, a 5mm change in the roof could have made such a big difference. Just seems like a silly oversight.

09-08-2009, 18:15:32

Qubit
I recently got one of these and I'm really happy with it.

I didn't want to spend this sort of money on a case, but none of the cheaper ones are long enough to take my GTX 285 without significant interference to the drive bays.

I initially bought the Coolermaster Storm Scout which was a bit cheaper and is sold as a "gaming" case, after seeing various reviews, including a video one, which rated it highly.

It's a great case and I like the styling. However, while it took my graphics card without interference, I literally had to insert it at an angle and then turn it straight. There was then only about a millimeter between the end of the card and the drive bays. Any longer and the next card I buy may not fit at all.

All they had to do was make it longer by an inch to solve this problem. Not good enough for a higher-end gaming case, in my opinion. Hence, I bought the HAF 922 specifically to solve this problem, which it does admirably and is of equally high quality.
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