|CM Storm Scout 2 Gaming PC Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Tuesday, 02 October 2012|
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Detailed Interior Features
I have to give credit to Cooler Master for coming up with the most innovative way of securing the accessory kit inside the packaging for the case. I initially thought it was just wedged in there, but they actually designed it to mate with the HDD rails, so that it's held in place just like a hard drive. Too cool.... Just above, in the upper HDD cage, is the 2.5" adapter tray, which is also designed to be used with the standard 3.5" drive rails. Don't worry; there are plenty of drive rails included in the accessory kit, enough for six drives.
Here is the kit itself, with all the contents of the plastic zipper bag within. In front are two of the supplied drive rails, actually they're the ones that were holding the kit in place. The grey rings around the pins at each end are soft rubber shock mounts for the drive, they also help to make up for any mismatch in dimensions between the pin locations and the mating holes on the side of the drive. They're designed to be a slight interference fit, distance-wise, not the diameter of the pin, so that they stay put once both pins are inserted into place. This is hardly a new concept, but it's one that works well, IMHO. There are additional rails included inside the box; twelve are included, in all. The small, black angle bracket next to the round peizo buzzer is a clasp that can be installed to allow padlocking of the left side panel.
Your 2.5" internal HDDs or SSDs can go into one of these drive tray adapters. There are mounting spots for two drives, one above and one below. The one on top uses the side mounting holes and the one below uses the bottom mounting holes on the drive itself. Thankfully, the adapter is designed to put a bit of space between the drives. I've seen too many adapter products that put the drives too close together, making connection of the SATA cable difficult or impossible. The rails you see on the sides are the standard part that's used for all the drives; the adapter is just the open frame sitting between the two rails.
Here's what the 2.5" adapter looks like with a couple SSDs screwed into place. One drive uses the bottom mountin holes, and the other uses the side mounting holes. All the necessary screws are included in the CM Storm Scout 2 accessory pack. They are offset from one another, fore and aft, and they are also reversed, ie. mounted back to back. That means the SATA power and signal connections are reversed, which is not an issue, esspecially since there's a nice healthy gap between the two drives. I'm anticipating that there won't be any problems when it comes time to hook these up, but you never know...
The three 5.25 external drive bays at the top of the CM Storm Scout 2 are supplied with tool-less locking mechanisms. They are single sided, meaning the far side of the drive bay only has some slots for screw mounting, should you choose to use the belt-and-suspenders approach to fixing your ODD in place. Just for fun, there are also matching screw holes on this side of the cage, as well. They're marked with a triangle and are just below the tool-less locking arms. The locking hardware has a single, large toggle lever in the center that raises the arms on the left and right away from the drive, retracting the retaining pins in the process. The center lever is on the open position in the image below, but the viewing angle makes it hard to see that the arms are lifted out away from the frame.
So far, it looks to me like building a new gaming PC with the CM Storm Scout 2 will be a lot easier than the last couple of builds I've completed. Only one way to find out, let's build it.....