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Written by Bruce Normann   
Sunday, 08 November 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Gaming Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
CM Storm Sniper Testing
Black Edition Final Thoughts
CM Storm Sniper Black Conclusion

CM Storm Sniper 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 have the results from previous testing of the SilverStone FT01BW and the CM Storm Scout.

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 for those looking back in the archives: I used a different set of hardware the first time I tested the SilverStone FT01BW, so the results from that test 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)
  • 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

Results

Neither of the comparison cases have fan controllers, so their 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. I had to turn the heat way up to match my summer temps... Let's look at the results:

CM_Storm_Sniper_Black_Edition_Idle_Temps.jpg

The idle results for the CM Storm Sniper BE are lower for every subsystem. This is hardly surprising, given the amount of air flowing through the Sniper case with all three 200mm fans blowing.

CM_Storm_Sniper_Black_Edition_Load_Temps.jpg

The load results speak for themselves, but they don't give a true sense of the performance capability of this case. In order to do that, I'd have to load it up with a 65nm QuadCore and three GTX285 video cards, with exposed heat sinks dumping all that GPU power into the case. That would be the true test of this gaming chassis; for now, I tested it with the same configuration I tested the two previous cases with, just to get an even comparison. Unfortunately, there is no comparison. Neither of those cases would be my first choice for a monster gaming rig, while the Sniper would certainly be a top contender.



 

Comments 

 
# Room to spareRealNeil 2010-11-11 10:30
I won a PC from another website and it came to me wrapped up in this case. It really does have a ton of room inside and everything stays cool while I'm using it. I usually buy CoolerMaster cases because I like their functionality and good looks, but this one is truly exceptional in every way.
I've seen them recently on NewEgg for $99.00 on sale, but now it's back up to $139.00.
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# It's ideal for me...BruceBruce 2010-11-11 11:43
For reviewing purposes, it's been great. I'm always taking components out and putting new ones in, and the extra room, tool-less features and good cable management make it much easier than with some other cases. Plus, it keeps everything cool, with those big fans.
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# availabilitygaurav sharma 2013-02-23 20:29
Cooler Master Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Chassis
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# Four More Years....Bruce 2013-02-24 15:35
Sharma,

It's been almost four years since this case came out. I suspect there are updated versions available now. Just Google the name, instead of the part number.....
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