Originally Posted by Kvjavs
For airflow, how beneficial is it to have a 200mm fan installed on the side panel of the HAF922/HAF932?
Will it help tremendously or disrupt the airflow's direction within the case? I heard from a friend that putting fans on a side panel can actually disrupt the airflow.
I'm debating between the HAF 912 or 922. The benefit of the 912 to me, is that it's smaller than the HAF922 (I don't have much desk space), and the hard drive cage can be removed, however it doesn't support a 200mm fan on the side panel.
Price is out of the question, just purely based on the airflow in general.
If I was to get the 922, could I install a cold cathode in it and use the switch it comes with for the front fan LEDs as the on/off switch?
At $60, the 912 is definitely a good deal IMO. I haven't seen/used one personally, but it looks like it has a lot of nifty features like the huge cpu hole, customizable fan configuration, and of course the styling that show it deserves the HAF designation. But, when it doesn't include any of the 200mm fans, is lacking plenty of holes for cable management, and is a little short (front to back) for some hardware, I would think twice if I were looking for a long term case.
I put a cheapo 120mm 40cfm fan on the side of my 922 and it helped a bit, maybe 4C to 7C at load depending on ambient. Highest I've seen is 78C during video conversion, usually under 60C at worst during games (still on stock cooling).