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Written by Mathew Williams - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master Sniper CM Storm Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Testing and Results
CM Storm Final Thoughts
CM Sniper Case Conclusion

CM Sniper Case Conclusion

The Sniper Gaming Case has been an interesting product to review. It's not just the launch of a case, but also the start of a brand new division at Cooler Master. In support of the case and this new division, Cooler Master has launched a completely new website as well as several promotional videos and logos. In addition, the case arrived in a full-color box with plenty of graphics and specs. As far as I'm concerned, it earns top marks for presentation.

Appearance is another strength of the CM Storm Sniper. While this is more of a subjective category, I think all can agree that Cooler Master achieved their goal of a military inspired design. The black mesh and accented fan grill look great, particularly when illuminated by the blue LED fans.

As I mentioned in the previous section, the Sniper Gaming Case lives up to the strength element as well. I was initially put off by some of the tool-less installation features, specifically the plastic expansion slot latch, but that was easily solved by a couple screws. Other than that, the rest of the case is pretty much flawless. Nothing was missing our broken and I felt reassured knowing the handle is reinforced by steel.

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The two other design goals, security and control, can also be seen throughout the case. The StormGuard works as intended, deterring theft by making it nearly impossible to remove the peripherals in one piece. Run a steel security cable through this system and you could easily secure the entire system to a desk or table as well. The control center is another great feature, adding functionality by grouping the most common switches and I/O ports in one location. I found the integrated light switch and fan-speed controller to be a particularly convenient design. Some features will be hit or miss depending on the person, but overall the Sniper has a lot to offer.

From the box to the benchmark table, the the CM Storm Sniper has looked and performed beautifully. At $179.99 from newegg.com, it isn't exactly a bargain, but still less than many other enthusiast cases out there. If you're looking for a new gaming case, the Sniper is a great looking enclosure and offers some of the best performance I've seen from a mid-tower design.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Phenomenal cooling performance
+ Visually appealing design
+ Illuminated, variable speed fans w/ integrated controller
+ Pre-drilled, customizable fan locations
+ Built in support for water cooling
+ Steel-reinforced carrying handle
+ Two year warranty

Cons:

- Tool-less expansion slots felt insecure
- Some fan vibration audible at high setting

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 8.5
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.5

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

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