Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-18-2009
Provided by: Cooler Master

Although the side panel is capable of mounting either a single large 200mm fan or two smaller 120mm fans, neither is included with the case. A small amount of black overspray can be seen along the edges of the panel. The included accessory box contains a set of 5" to 3" drive adapter rails, a motherboard speaker, lots of zip ties and mounting screws and the user manual.

Rubber strips provide a raised cushion for the power supply to rest on to cut down on vibration and prevent scratching. The bottom position does not come with a fan as shipped. Riser slot blanks are replaceable, with thumbscrews holding them in place. The 120mm exhaust fan is a non-LED unit with a 3-pin connector. The motherboard tray comes with an installation guide taped in place, complete with letter codes for the various threaded holes. This is a handy reference for when it comes time to install the motherboard. The top exhaust fan is another non-LED unit, and comes with a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter to allow both types of power connections.

The five 5" bays come with Cooler Master's signature push-button drive locks. These work flawlessly with any standard drive mounting hole configuration, including the 5" to 3" adapter rails that come with the case. The bottom five 3" drive bays are turned 90 and mount using plastic hard drive trays. These have rubber isolated mounting pins on the side to reduce vibration from hard drives, and a quick-release hinged front to lock them in place. An oversize 200mm red LED fan is mounted in front of the drive rails to provide cool intake air for the drives.

The back side of the case is open for easy access to both the rear of the hard drives and the side of the 5" bays. The front fan includes a 3-pin to 4-pin power adapter, and the rest of the front wiring has plenty of length to reach the bottom of the case. There is a wide opening between the rails and motherboard tray for passing cables through, plus several access holes in the tray itself. All the edges have been rolled for safety and to prevent damage to cables. There is a large opening under the CPU socket to allow the heatsink retention bracket to be changed out without removing the motherboard, very handy for anyone using an aftermarket cooler.

Now let's install some hardware in the HAF 922.

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