Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Darksaber, May 14, 2009.
To read this review go to: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/HAF_922/
Excellent review as always DS. One thing I was interested in seeing is if the BLUE LED for Power and HDD was as bright and intrusive as the one on its older brother, the 932. I love my 932, but at night with it running or even in power down state, the BLUE LED could light a cave.
Also, I was hoping they would have made the interior black, but they didnt. Seems like they kept the good cable management and also the back opening for cpu cooler changing.
The front area features three buttons. The one to the left turns the internal lighting on and off, while the right is a reset switch.
Yikes... i can imagine how hitting the wrong button would go there.
I'm slowly looking at new cases, since i've had mine a few years and its fairly beaten up... but i just couldnt use a case like this, due to noise issues.
There's no windows on it, but black just looks better in my opinion.
I am considering a new case and so far HAF 922 is my No.1 choice
A very nice review for a very nice built case.
What about this thing:
My only 2 problems with this are the lack of painted interior, and the lack of a full size mobo tray.
Wires are going to be tough(er) to hide with that gap between the shorter tray and the drives.
Yep, that's why this is a mid tower, for those looking for a cheaper and/or smaller case. Obviously things will have to be dealt with to maintain the high caliber of features, quality and style in a smaller package.
You know what id do? Remove the top 20cm fan, slap that on the side panel, strap a 24cm rad up top and removed the HDD cage and put a pump / res there. sorted.
it's the same motherboard tray as the Cooler Master Storm Sniper I don't think Cable Management will be a problem even if the HAF 922 doesn't have the width the Storm Sniper or 932 has.
couple things I like on the HAF 922 the 8th expansion slot I would take this over a ventilated PCI grill every time and no Expansion Slot retention clips. one thing I don't like is in order to get to the front dust filter you have to take the front bezel off and it requires unscrewing 6 screws.
Don't get me wrong, I think the 922 is a great case. I was just pointing out my particular issues with it. Everyone is looking for different features.
For me right now it's between this, the 932, the Sniper, and the Storm.
nevermind the motherboard tray is the same as the Storm Sniper except the Storm Sniper has a long hole at the top for cable management and 7 cable tie holes. the HAF 922 has two medium holes at the top for cable management and 9 cable tie holes.
The way it's positioned unless you're running a micro you won't even see bare metal unless you're trying to. So I really consider it not a window, especially since A lot of people will put fans there
It's actually very close dimensions, like 2 inches shorter but wider and a half inch less depth.
The HAF 922 comes in 2 variants the standard perforated grill that supports 1x 200mm fan or 2x 120mm fans and an all window version.
Thats a sexy case. Ill stick with my M998 for right now. I like my polished stainless interior and removable mobo tray. I just wish the outside wasn't so dated. I might get a half one day.
I will admit I've not heard of the window version, that's pretty snazzy looking, newegg only has one and the cooler master website doesn't even show it. So I'll take back my previous statement there, I'd pain it black anyway
I took a screen shot of the product sheet on their website about a month ago it's hidden in a PDF. not sure when they are going to release it.
I like that power bar in the Ultra M998, Antec stole that idea and is putting it in their new flagship model the Antec P1000 which has some very nice features but has to be the ugliest case ever.
I don't mind the look, it's not my cup of tea, but for what it is it's pretty nice.
Antec P1000? it's horrible silly optional transparent plastic door yet the side perforated grills have no fan filters why do they have to use a dozen fan filters they should do what Lian Li did and put one washable air conditioner filter in the front bezel that covers all drive bays. what I mainly like is the suspension in the hard drive cages the only problem with suspension is it trades noise for a higher temperature but suspension is the future save this thread because mark my words when this case is released it's going to sell no matter how ugly it is and you will see Cooler Master and other companies using suspension in future cases.
I'm thinking of selling my 932 and getting the 922. It seems like it would be better for airflow because the 932 stock fans don't move any air.
The computers I've built with the 932 had plenty of air movement? They just move it over a bigger area so it doesn't feel as much. If you want a wind tunnel, then you probably want to go with something else.
no the fans are crap but I would replace them instead of purchasing the 922.
With what? I can't find any good big fans anywhere
That p1000 looks like a damn good case to me.great cable management,and cooling potential.
I'm using these fans shadow, http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=41_108&products_id=1262 they look good and at 63.5cfm arent too bad.I have two of these in the top and the rest are 120mm versions
Looks like an awesome case, great review thanks!
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