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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Trooper Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Building a System
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

CM Storm Trooper Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Product Name: Storm Trooper
Model Number: SGC-5000-KKN1
Price As Tested: $149.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article was provided by Cooler Master.

Most computer enthusiasts have only a single card in their systems: the video card. That being true, most of us could easily get by with a micro ATX motherboard in a small form factor case. But there are those who have multiple video cards, or water cooling setups with separate reservoirs and pumps; who have lots of hard drives and 5.25" bay devices, or need an XL-ATX motherboard to run a triple or quad video card system. They may represent a tiny section of the market, but they need a full tower case, and Cooler Master's shown before they're willing to address this need with cases like their HAF series. In this review, Benchmark Reviews looks at their latest full tower effort: the Cooler Master Storm Trooper.

Cooler Master came onto the enthusiast radar a decade ago with a line of elegant (and expensive) all aluminum cases. Since then, they've branched out and now have a complete line of cases ranging from micro ITX through small and mid-tower cases up to a line of full tower cases. Benchmark Reviews has had the opportunity to review a number of Cooler Master cases and we've been impressed with all of them.

The number of people, even enthusiasts, who actually need the extra space in a full tower chassis represent a tiny portion of the market...which makes Cooler Master's committment to it all the more impressive. All of Cooler Master's previous Storm line of cases have been mid tower designs; the Storm Trooper is the first full tower Storm case.

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Storm Trooper Features

  • Damage resistant rubberized outer surfaces with a built-in digital fan controller
  • Supports high-end hardware such as XL-ATX motherboards, multiple GPUs in SLI or Crossfire
  • Room for future upgrades with support for up to 14 HDD or SSD
  • Dust filters on every intake that are removable to allow easy cleaning
  • Support for several 240mm radiators
  • 6 fan speed settings and fan LED control via fan controller
  • Front I/O panel with 2 internal USB 3.0 connectors
  • Easy transport with handles and a hidden tool box for carrying accessories
  • Easy cable management and routing
  • Two 90 degree removable and rotatable HDD cages each with an attached 120mm red LED fan

SGC-5000-KKN1 Specifications

Material Case body: Steel; Front bezel: Mesh and plastic
Expansion Slots 9 + 1
Dimensions 250 x 605.6 x 578.5mm / 9.8 x 23.8 x 22.8"
Net weight 13.7kg / 30.2 lbs
MB Type Micro ATX / ATX / XL-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay

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3.5" Drive Bay 8 (converted from 5.25" bay by two 4-in-3 HDD cages)
2.5" Drive Bay 13 (8 converted from 5.25" bay by two 4-in-3 HDD cages)
Front I/O USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, e-SATA x1, Audio in/out
Cooling System 120mm x2 front, 200mm top, 140mm rear, 120mm x2 side (optional), 120mm x2 bottom (optional)
Max. Graphics Card Length 322mm / 12.7"
Max. CPU Cooler Height 186mm / 7.3"

Let's take a look at this new Cooler Master case in the next section.



 

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