Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Case ReviewWed, May 13, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Internal Impressions and Installing Parts
With the side panel off we can get a good look at the inside of the HAF 922. There is not much to look at; there is plenty of room for even the largest of expansion cards on the market today. Towards the front of the case we can see the lower hard drive cages and the 5.25” bays. There are five hard drive cages and five 5.25” bays, one of which can be used as a 3.5” bay. In front of the hard drive cages there is a 200mm red LED fan. This fan can have the LED turn on and off via the switch on the top of the case. Mounted up top is a non LED 200mm exhaust fan.
On the back of the case we have the rear 120mm exhaust fan and expansion slots.
Looking down, we can see the lower exhaust fan mount. This will allow for mounting of either a 120mm or 140mm fan. The PSU mounting area has two rubber strips to take up vibrations and dampen noise.
Installing Parts into the HAF 922
The extras for the HAF 922 are a little slim when you first look at them, but all you need is there. What you get is all the mounting hardware and one 5.25” to 3.5” adaptor.
The 5.25” bays are tool-less so installing the optical drive was very easy. Just slide the drive in from the front and push the button on the drive rail and it locks the drive in place.
Mounting the hard drive is just as easy. The drive tray had rubber isolated pins that hold the drive, and the tray is slightly flexible so it just snaps onto the hard drive.
The back side of the motherboard tray has loops stamped into it for wire management. Other various holes in the tray made it nice for running wires behind the tray for that clean look. We can also see the CPU area cut out gives us nice access to the back plate of the LGA775 board I have installed.
In all, I am very pleased with the ease of installing parts into the HAF 922 – no cuts on the fingers and everything fit without a fight. One thing I will point out is that if your PSU has a lot of cables or really long cables it could get interesting to get all the cables tucked away. I took out the bottom hard drive tray and stuck my extra cables there. For the long haul, and to help cut the clutter even more, I would look at getting a good modular PSU for this case.