Summary & Conclusions
Both cases offer excellent cooling options. Out of the box, the HAF 932 is far superior to the 922 thanks to it's included side mounted 230mm fan. You really don't need anything extra with the 932 to get the best cooling capacity. It has plenty of room, and plenty of heft. Working with it daily, I soon wished it had roller feet. The rubber matted recess on top of the
case provides a secure spot for placing your devices connected to the front I/O ports, although I placed internal hard drives connected to the eSATA port on the top exhaust fan to keep them cool. Remove the HAF 932's top 230mm fan and watercooling blank and you can mount a second PSU, and still have room for a 120mm exhaust fan. Durability is fair, with several of the add in card latches now broken, and two of the front USB ports inoperable. Both can be attributed to meaty cave-paws, however.
The HAF 922 is great base for an enthusiast build. It's lack of standard side fan is a shame, but it still delivers great cooling in the original configuration. For ultra-enthusiast builds, featuring overclocked Core i7s and multiple graphics cards, you'll be better off using the 932. The HAF 922 can
accommodate the ultra enthusiast, but working inside it with two high-end graphics card installed is more of a chore than in the 932. It's significantly lighter and easier to move around but could still benefit from roller feet. The front bay covers can only be removed from the inside, unlike the 932. If you decide on or have a 922, strongly consider adding Cooler Master's
4-pack of 120mm fans, which run around $15. This was our first upgrade to the 922: two in the side panel
and one in the lower fan intake next to the PSU; the fourth going into the HAF 932 in the lower intake position. Specified as 19dBA they are quiet, but make the 922 significantly more noticeable in operation than the 932. The added cooling capacity is worth it, though.
CoolerMaster HAF Series
Both cases have dropped from their original MSRPs now, and can usually be found with free shipping - worth having when these bad boys tip the scales at 20lbs (922) and 30lbs (932). Some interesting variants have been released, including a
snazzy AMD edition HAF 932 and a full black HAF 922. Neither case offer any fan filters or 2.5" drive mounts, unfortunately.
Rage3D awards the Cooler Master Elite HAF 932
4 stars! Outstanding out of the box cooling and excellent interior space deliver the key features including thoughtful support for watercooling configurations. At this price point, lack of support for 2.5" drives and no roller feet on a full tower are the main detractors, as is the always on front fan
4 1/2 Stars
Rage3D awards the Cooler Master Elite HAF 922
4 1/2 stars! Regularly on sale under $100, this case offers superb value and excellent cooling,
and is easily upgraded. Support for the largest add-in boards and lots of storage in a mid-tower height means you can use this case for several builds to come. Again, no mounting options for 2.5" drives is the main detractor, and it really ought to have included a fan in the side panel. Being able to turn off the front fan LED makes up for that, a little.