The CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Case
After removing all the packing we are left with a striking case. The front is well ventilated with all mesh covers for the bays, and the surrounding plastic has a notched design to break up the long line of the side. While there is no actual window, the side door is ventilated with large holes and can be easy seen through. The top of the case has an odd shape to it, but there is a reason for this, but you will have to read on, as I will address this in a bit.
Looking at the front of the HAF 922 you can see a bit better how well ventilated the mesh bay covers are for the intake of airflow, and towards the bottom they have emblazoned the case with the CoolerMaster logo. No hidden panels here, they use a Front I/o panel that is placed high and in plain sight for easy use.
Getting a bit closer to the front I/O panel shows that there are two USB 2.0 slots flanking the audio and microphone ports, then to the right of these is the eSATA connection. Don't worry; I have a better image of the top coming up.
I know this is an awkward look but the face of the 922 is on the table in this image. At the very bottom is the control switches for power, reset, and the power of the LED light in the fan. As you move back across the top, the front panel tapers off to expose a well ventilated top. The top is pre-drilled to accept the 200mm fan included in the 922, but also to be able to mount a 2 X 120mm radiator at the top, internally or externally. Now you can see why the top is lower in the back, it allows for the radiator to sit nicely outside as well.
Not only is the front of the 922 different from its bigger brother, the 933, but the side takes on some changes as well. The HAF 922 has the HAF logo flowing downwards versus the upward angle of the 933. As I mentioned there is no window in the HAF 922, but it is very well ventilated and can accept the same fans at the top, both the 200mm and dual 120mm fans can be placed here. There has been a considerable sized bump-out added to the door. This matches the rear door as you will soon see.
The rear of the HAF 922 has everything most people look for in a case these days. Water tubing outlets that allow ½" tube with no problems are found at the very top of the 922. Dropping down a bit there is the hole for the rear I/O shield and next to that is the 120mm rear exhaust fan vent. Moving just below this is where things get a bit odd. I see that CoolerMaster has added the vertical +1 expansion slot next to the standard seven horizontal slots. This is for as I said, fan controllers, cold cathode switches, you name it. Then of course is the large hole at the bottom to accept the power supply.
The rear panel of the 922 was a tough nut to crack as far as getting a clear image. The textures and shaped of the door really wreaked havoc on my auto focus. The main reason I wanted to show this side was that the bump on the door is to allow thicker cables easier clearance behind the motherboard tray while wire managing the build.
Can't forget about the bottom of the 922 now can we? You can see that there is venting to mount a PSU fan down position, and another space next to it for the addition of another 120mm fan if you feel the need. The round rubber padded feet are nice to fight against sliding on the desk. If you plan to run this PC on the floor, on carpet possibly, the feet really aren't tall enough to allow good airflow into the PSU.