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Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 April 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Scout Gaming Case SGC-2000-KKN1-GP
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Scout Cooling Performance
CM Storm Scout Testing
CM Storm Final Thoughts
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

CM Storm Scout Gaming Case

What differentiates a serious Gaming PC from the rest of the PCs hiding quietly under desktops? To me, it's all about graphics performance, but I know there are many who would disagree. They would say it's a combination of factors, including appearance and some extra functionality needed to survive the physical gaming environment. The first thing you notice about the CM Storm Scout Gaming Case is its appearance, particularly the swooping, integrated handle that graces the top surface. That's an obvious nod to the LAN Party setting, so CM Storm is apparently paying attention to the customer's needs there, but what about the rest of the case? The Scout has several other features that are aimed at the gaming market, as we'll see.

Cooler Master has created a new division called CM Storm to address the specific needs of gamers. By investing in a brand new business unit with dedicated resources that are focused on one specific market, they are clearly showing a major commitment. Their latest product, introduced at CEBIT in early March, is called Scout: The True Gaming Case, and is aimed at the mid-market enthusiast. It has everything needed for a gaming chassis and nothing more, so it does without a few bells and whistles that the top cases have.

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Follow along with Benchmark Reviews and let's see if the Scout (SKU SGC-2000-KKN1-GP) has enough gaming DNA to survive the ruthless natural selection process that takes place in this very demanding marketplace.

CM Storm Scout Features

  • Stealth panel for tuning your lights. Integrated fan LED controller to turn on/off internal fan LEDs
  • Steel reinforced carrying handles for secure and efficient mobilization
  • Fierce exterior design
  • Sturdy precision engineered steel body
  • Stealth side window with 40% automotive tinting with aggressive side intakes and optional mounting for 2 x 120mm fans
  • Black interior for a completely dark computing experience
  • StormGuardTM Ground breaking security system for peripherals. CM Storm's patented solution prevents your gear from being stolen during LAN parties or in other public environments.

SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Specifications

Model Number

SGC-2000-KKN1-GP

Available Color

Black

Material

Steel, ABS Plastic, PC, Mesh bezel

Dimensions

(D)489 x (W)219 X (H)495.5 mm
(D)19.2 x (W)8.6 x (H)19.5 inch

Net Weight

8.7 kg / 19.23 lbs

M/B Type

Micro-ATX/ATX

5.25" Drive Bay

5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay)

3.5" Drive Bay

5 Hidden
1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)

2.5" Drive Bay

1 Hidden (converted from one 3.5 inch Drive Bay)

Cooling System

Front:

140mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included)

Top:

140mm Fan x 1 (included) or 120mm Fan x 1 (optional)

Rear:

120mm Red LED Fan x 1 (included)

Side:

Acrylic window; supports 120mm x 2 (optional)

Expansion Slots

Standard x 7, Special x 1

Power Supply

Standard ATX PS2 (optional)

Included Accessory

1.8 or 2.5 to 3.5 inch mounting bracket for SSD or HDD

About Cooler Master

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Owning the PC trenches for almost two decades, Cooler Master's veterans present their scars from battles past as claims of triumph over the competition. United with a new generation of eSports athletes and engineers, now marching under the flag of CM Storm, the time has come to reveal truly ground-breaking, military grade hardware for the gaming revolution.

Through long-standing research programs, CM Storm is co-developed with the world's most prolific enthusiasts and eSport prodigies. Thanks to intensive testing and continuous feedback, the CM Storm division has been able to encompass and improve upon gamers' needs and their tough to handle scenarios. By working directly with the gaming community, CM Storm has injected Storm Tactics into each and every product we make. Storm Tactics, with a heavily dedicated focus on Strength, Security and Control, will keep your most vital gear fortified and well tuned at all times. Marking a new era for Cooler Master, our fierce Storm Gear stands ready at bay to mobilize and back up your gaming skills. For more information, please visit: http://www.cmstorm.com/



 

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# No Liquid cooling supportDyno 2010-08-06 15:46
The case is designed for the LAN gamer so this really isn't a CON imo. Most LAN gamers i know wouldn't use Liquid cooler because it really not the best idea to be moving around a LC computer... I think they thought about that and decided the case really doesn't need the support.

I would have liked better cable management though.
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# Just Curious...BruceBruce 2010-08-06 18:14
Do you see many LAN gamers using the Corsair H50 cooling setup? It seems like that might be a good alternative for a system that is going to get banged around during ttransport.
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# RE: CM Storm Scout Gaming Case SGC-2000-KKN1-GPNiko 2010-10-03 10:24
I'm thinking to buy this. It's really cheap and great looking, strong case for my new super pc :D. And nice leds!
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# I agree, NikoBruceBruce 2010-10-03 11:16
It's a good looking case, especially if you like the Red LEDs. It's also a good value. My two recommendations are: try and use a modular PSU to cut down on cable management issues, and be sure to install a fan in the side cover, preferably below your graphics card to feed it fresh, cool air.
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# RE: CM Storm Scout Gaming Case SGC-2000-KKN1-GPNiko 2010-10-03 11:24
Ok. I just don't know which is better this one or CM Sniper. Sniper is also good, because of fan control.
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# ssd 2.5 bracketwill 2010-12-15 01:20
where can i get some more 3.5 to 2.5 ssd brackets i use the one supplied with the case already?\
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# Cooler MasterBruceBruce 2010-12-15 08:17
Cooler Master sells them on their CM Storm site, I believe.
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# More detailed info on availabilityBruceBruce 2010-12-15 20:15
Storm Solid Bridge - SGC-2000-SP01-GP
$7.99 at cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/

Also available at performance-pcs.com for the same price.

It IS one of the nicest adapters out there, IMHO.
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# ???keith Fulawka 2011-12-08 15:07
Support LG775 motherboard???
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# RE: ???David Ramsey 2011-12-08 15:37
Sure. The CPU socket doesn't matter; only the motherboard size. Most LGA775 motherboards are ATX or micro-ATX sizes this case will accomodate.
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# gpu sizeD.a.rkKNI._.ght 2012-01-15 07:53
whts the max size of graphics card that can fit inside?
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# RE: gpu sizeOlin Coles 2012-01-15 08:17
It can handle video cards up to 11" with side power connections, or 10.5" with end power connections.
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