In response to the highly regarded HAF 932 case, Cooler Master has introduced a smaller representation of its full-tower counterpart, the mid-tower HAF 922. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because the 932 received our “Outstanding” product award last December when we reviewed it. In fact, we were so fond of the HAF 932 that it also made the high-end pick in our most recent desktop PC buying guide.
Much akin to what you’ve probably grown to expect from a veteran like Cooler Master, the HAF 922 is geared to impress. Constructed out of SGCC, the chassis’ dimensions are 10” x 19.7” x 22.2” (W x H x D) and can house both ATX and uATX motherboards. Staying true to its name, the High Air Flow 922 supports up to seven fans total, including three 200mm fans for the ultimate air cooling setup. Liquid cooling systems are fully catered to with holes in the back of the case for your external radiator and internal radiators will be a breeze to mount with the spacious insides.
As was present on its big brother, the HAF 922 features a CPU retaining hole in the motherboard tray, for painless access to the rear side of the system board and processor. It has five externally accessible 5.25” drive bays, five internal 3.5” drive bays and one exposed. The I/O panel hosts two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port as well as one mic, speaker and audio jack. Among other noteworthy innovations, the case boasts unbeatable cable management, 7+1 PCI expansion slots and a tool free installation. We will be looking at this case shortly in an in-depth review later this month.