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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 Testing & Results

Testing the cooling performance of a case is not that difficult, but it is time consuming. It takes a long time for component temperatures to reach steady state. They'll get to within a degree or two within 10 minutes, but they continue to climb, almost imperceptibly, for 3-4 times that long. It's not that any one component is getting that much hotter; it's the combined effect of all the components feeding off one another that causes the slow rise to the final maximum temperature.

For the load tests, I used a mix of applications that I've used for benchmarking in the past and I'm familiar with how they stress individual components. No one application gives the maximum load for all components, so the load temps reported here are the maximum each piece of hardware reached during the testing. For comparison, I pressed the SilverStone FT01BW case into service. It's a similar case, with the same basic layout, size, and fan arrangement. The FT01BW is a bit more upscale in its design and materials, and priced accordingly, but they share a similar architecture, if not the same target audience.

Both cases were tested with the same hardware and software configuration. Cable management was optimized for each case, based on the internal layout and features available. Note: I used a different set of hardware the last time I tested the SilverStone FT01BW, so the results are not comparable.

Test System

  • Motherboard: ASRock AOD790GX/128M
  • System Memory: 2X 1GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1150MHz (5-5-5-15)
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II 720 Black Edition (Overclocked to 3.8 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper Z600
  • Audio: On-Board ALC890 Audio Codec
  • Video: ASUS EAH4850 TOP 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0
  • Drive 1: OCZ Core v2 SSD, 30GB
  • Drive 2: Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB 7200.11
  • Optical Drive: Samsung SH-S223F 22X SATA DVD Burner
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX ATX12V V2.2 750Watt
  • Monitor: SOYO 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor (DYLM24E6) 1920X1200
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • PCMark05 v1.2.0 System Test Suite for Windows XP
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark Demo (Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA)
  • Furmark v1.4.0
  • OCCT v3.0.0

Enclosure Test Products

  • SiverStone Fortress FT01BW
  • CM Storm Scout

Results

Neither of the cases tested have fan controllers, the fans were run at 100% speed for all tests. The SilverStone FT01BW did not have the option of adding a side panel fan, the CM Storm Scout did, and I tested it in both configurations. As I mentioned earlier, there was no clearance for a fan in the upper side position on the Scout, but the lower position could be used to feed cool air to the video card(s). All temperatures are reported as measured, in degrees Celsius, and the ambient temperature for all tests was 24C. Let's look at the results:

CM_Storm_Scout -v-FT01_Temps.jpg

The idle temps were about 2 degrees higher for the CM Storm Scout, across the board. The load temps tell another story. The CPU cooler worked quite well with the quasi push-pull fan arrangement, using the top fan as an exhaust. The top fan on the SilverStone is an intake, and this didn't work as well, giving up 5 degrees to the Scout.

The GPU and Northbridge temps were within 2 degrees, with the Scout trailing, until the side-mounted 120mm fan was added to the mix. This was clearly what the doctor ordered for the Scout, reducing temps 6 degrees for the GPU and 8 degrees for the NB. These are excellent results and they show that CM Storm made the right decision to offer the option of adding one or two side fans. With CrossFireX and SLI GPUs heating up the typical gaming case, this is the only configuration to consider.

Just for the record, I've had a side-mounted fan installed in my Cooler Master CM690 for forever. Even though I've optimized that highly configurable case for low noise office use, I couldn't pass up the cooling benefits of a side fan.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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