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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Exterior

The Cooler Master Storm Enforcer makes a bold styling statement. The front is sculpted, with the ridges in the magnetically secured 5.25" device door mirrored in the air intake below.

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The left side panel has a raised area with a clear window secured by plastic pushpins. In front of the window are four decorative embossed areas, but they're not vents. Two easily removed steel thumbscrews secure this panel.

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At the rear of the case are the three grommetted holes for water cooling hosts, a 120mm exhaust fan, seven card slots plus one "extra" slot for the Storm Guard or accessory plate, and the power supply area.

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The right side of the case is a plain black steel panel. While the left side panel is secured with thumbscrews, the right side panel uses regular screws.

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The accessories bundle includes a manual (not shown), zip ties, a small speaker, mounting rails for 3.5" drives, a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, the "Storm Guard" cable securer, a 3.5" device adapter for the bottom 5.25" bay, a bag of screws (including the long screws necessary to mount a 200mm fan at the top of the case), and a nice motherboard standoff socket (enlarged view shown) that allows you to use a Philips-head screwdriver to easily mount the standoffs.

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I'll take a more detailed look at the outside of this case in the next section.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1Robert johnson 2011-04-12 23:16
The fact that you have to remove one of the HD trays to make room for an AMD 6990 video cards is a very bad set back for this chassis
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# RE: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1Nicholas Hughes 2011-04-13 04:57
Don't be silly,its a budget case for a budget cash builder,who is hardly likely to splurge that ridiculous amount on a GFX card are they!!!
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# dramsey@neko.comDavid Ramsey 2011-04-13 07:50
No, Robert, that's a big win for the case. Very few mid-tower cases will handle a 6990 (I'm sure there are one or two, but I can't think of one off the top of my head). Having the option to do this-- especially at this price level-- is a good thing.
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# No fan, no buyRay 2011-04-13 08:40
Not including that top fan will hurt this case. I would not buy this case and instead get the scout
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# What are you Smoking CM.Enigma8750 CMSSC Supreme Commander 2011-04-13 19:42
okay did they legalize controlled substances in your neck of the woods. IT looks like the Storm Scout when out and got Plastered drunk and went home with an Apevia. I am sure that Storm Scout thought he was home free but now he has to live with this Robo Cop looking Ford Taurus Case. Please.. If this is supposed to be the replacement for the Storm Scout you are so High that you need Rehab. This is an Ugly case and the last case I saw that I liked with doors was the Stacker.
Come one guys. Redo the JERRY CAN looking Storm Scout. Bigger insides by 2 inches up and across and i inch wider. A hot plugged E Sata Bay and USB 3.
That is all.
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# Will a Sapphire 6970 fit?Crux777 2011-05-01 15:06
I really like this case but was wondering if a Sapphire 6970 will fit in this case without the removal of the 2.5 inch HDD cage ?
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# RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fit?David Ramsey 2011-05-01 16:59
You mean removal of the 3.5" HDD cage? Sadly, no. The Sapphire 6970 is a standard 6970 reference design, which means it's 12" long, and as the review notes, there's only 11 1/4" inches of room with the HDD cage in place.
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# RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitCrux777 2011-05-02 05:48
Sorry, yes, 3.5 inch cage . Pity , Cooler Master should really extend the depth of the Enforcer by a few inches to cater for these newer cards. Thanks David.
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# RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitCrux777 2011-05-02 05:55
Actaully I just measured the card now. It is 274mm without the mounting plate.If you count the mounting plate it is 284 mm...???
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# RE: RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitDavid Ramsey 2011-05-02 08:08
Looks as if I might have actually quoted some manufacturer's box dimensions rather than the card dimensions. I don't have a 6970 here to measure, but based on your measurements it seems as if it would fit just fine.
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# RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitCrux777 2011-05-02 08:59
Hello David, if you have access to an Enforcer chassis can you measure the length from the point where the mounting plate fits in the slot upto the inserted 3.5" HDD cage ?
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# RE: RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitDavid Ramsey 2011-05-02 09:04
I already did-- look at the little chart at the bottom of the "Detailed Interior Features" page. It was 11.25".
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# RE: RE: RE: Will a Sapphire 6970 fitCrux777 2011-05-02 10:36
Are you certain , as the CM Storm web page says:
Maximum Compatibility VGA card length: 270mm (with HDD cage)
390mm (without HDD cage)
##cmstorm.com/en/products/chassis/enforcer/
Is there any way you you get sombody to test a saphhire 6970 in an enforcer chassis with the 3.5" HDD cage?
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# The Storm Scout dimentions.Enigma8750 2011-05-02 10:39
You have only 10 inches of space from for a video card in a Storm Scout. The Scouts Drive bays are not removable though many of us Mod them.

Enigma8750.. Commander of the Cooler Master Storm Scout Club.
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# motherboardsphilip 2011-07-06 01:33
will this fit most mother boards? I'm doing my first build and i want to build a good gaming pc, is this case right for that?
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# RE: motherboardsDavid Ramsey 2011-07-06 07:45
This is an excellent case for a first build. It will accommodate motherboards up to standard ATX size, but larger server-size or XL-ATX / extended ATX motherboards will not fit.
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# Looks niceric 2011-10-11 00:37
Thank you for the in depth review, it's very very very helpful.

This case looks nice and I think it will be plenty configurable enough for my needs and budget. I like the look of the case as well and it's size, not very big like the A380 I was thinking of getting.


Questions:
1. Is the front fan quiet?
2. Can you recommend any alternative front fan I can use that has LED and speed control?

Thanks
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# RE: Looks niceDavid Ramsey 2011-10-11 07:54
Yes, the 200mm front fan is very quiet.

There are very few 200mm fans available as separate items, and I don't know of any with integrated speed controllers. You'd have to use a fan controller that fits in a drive bay, and plug the fan into that.
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