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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 Conclusion

The keywords that CM Storm chose for the Scout Gaming case are: Swift Intelligence - Secure Mobilization. The first mobilization mission this particular Scout had to undertake was to get from China to Washington DC alone, without the protection of 27 other Scouts that usually travel together on a pallet, or the relative safety and camouflage of a discrete, brown outer box. The Scout reported for duty in a package that was a little beat up and worn. You can see some of the corners have collapsed, and a substantial crease on the rear surface.

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The graphics are very striking, as you can see; it'll be hard to miss this package in the retail shops. Not every feature is called out or pictured, but the photos are large and clear, so you can see most of what you need to know by looking for yourself. All the text is multilingual, which (in my parochial American ways) I usually dismiss, but CM Storm is mounting a very strong international presence for the brand, with events in Latin America, Australia, Serbia, Peru, and Mexico, in addition to the usual European and North American venues.

The internal packaging was adequate for the normal distribution channel, but not what I would have specified for individual shipping. The Styrofoam end caps were a bit smaller than I've seen on some other cases, meaning that there was precious little space between the outer box and the product. There was no additional material used as protection for the sides, excepting the standard plastic bag. Nevertheless, there was nary a scratch on the Scout as I removed it from the packing. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, they say.

Once released from the packaging, the Scout lives up to its name, in terms of appearance. The military design theme is not some cheesy copy of past hardware; it's a modern, functional construct. It doesn't try to look good, there's no other school of design represented here except Form Follows Function. Some people use that credo as an excuse for a quick and sloppy effort, but a thorough examination of functional requirements always suggests an organic shape that looks right. I'd say, whoever designed the Scout got it right.

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Once a design takes shape, it's time to flesh out the details. This is a different kind of design activity, and it's one where the pressures of cost always exert the most leverage. Not surprisingly, it's the construction of an item that most often leaves people disappointed. For the most part, the Scout survived this step; only a couple issues keep the construction details from being a total success. The quality control on the expansion card hold down tabs was out to lunch, as we saw in the interior details section. This is an easy problem for both the manufacturer and the user to fix. The second issue may not be a deal breaker for most gamers, but I was put off by the noise of the cooling fans. I know Cooler Master can produce quiet, good performing fans; the one supplied with my old Hyper 212 is an example, so I have to guess that airflow and cost won out over quietness. Fair enough. The cable management was not as well developed as the rest of the case details, but it was serviceable. End of issues, as far as I'm concerned.

I have to give the CM Storm Scout an A+ for functionality. The well designed handle on top, the convenient control panel, the cooling performance, the CPU cooler mounting access, the easily removed fascia, the StormGuardTM for securing expensive gaming peripherals, the included 2.5 drive caddy; as I said in the introduction, "It has everything needed for a gaming chassis and nothing more, ...". This is a clear benefit from Cooler Master's decision to fully engage and partner with a very specific customer base. The only thing I really wanted, that it didn't have, was full filtration on the intake fans, something you have to step up to the CM Storm Sniper to get. Some may wish to see better support for liquid cooling, but it's a reasonable bet to leave that out of a case in this price range.

Value is a bit difficult to assess, as the SGC-2000-KKN1-GP SKU is just going on sale this week, and editors don't have firm pricing information as of yet for the Scout. Industry rumors point to a price near $100, or a little less, we'll have to wait and see. With all the functionality and construction quality that I've outlined, this seems like a reasonable price. It's not going to be a massive bargain without serious rebates, but you won't go wrong buying a good quality product from an established manufacturer.

If you've read this far, you don't need me to tell you that I think this case is a winner. The CM Storm brand may be heavy on Marketing, but it's being used in the service of the customer. Their second offering, Scout: The True Gaming Case, is a solid companion to their first, the Sniper.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Excellent cooling performance, with optional side fan
+ Functional design, true to brand philosophy
+ Access to MB back side for CPU cooler mount
+ Separate switch for fan illumination
+ Good location for Control Panel
+ Nicely integrated carrying handle
+ 2.5" drive caddy include in accessory kit
+ Two year warranty
+ StormGuardTM for securing gaming peripherals

Cons:

- Tool-less expansion slot retainers slipped through QC
- Fans somewhat noisy
- Cable management not the best
- No support for liquid cooling

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.75
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 8.95 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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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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