|CM Storm Trooper Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 26 September 2011|
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Closer Look: Exterior
Cooler Master's Storm line of cases has always used military-sounding names like "Scout", "Sniper", and "Enforcer". That said, the use of "Trooper" is perhaps unfortunate due to the negative connotations of "Storm Trooper".
The Storm Trooper is a very large case. While the interior's about the size of the HAF series, represented here by the HAF 932 AMD Edition to the right, the top is several inches taller, and it's much larger than a mid-tower case like the Corsair Carbide 400R on the left. As a steel-bodied full tower case, it's no lightweight, coming in at just over 30 pounds empty. While not quite as dramatically styled as Cooler Master's HAF series cases, it still has presence.
Looking at the left side of the case, we can see the handle on top and the ventilation panel in the side. The handle is metal with a ridged rubber underside, and is attached directly to the steel frame of the case, so you can use it to lift even a fully loaded system: Cooler Master says the handle's good for 95 pounds! Although it's not obvious in this image, there's a second handle at the rear of the case you can slip your hand into. The side panel has internal mounting points for two 120mm fans.
At the rear of the case we see the tab for the pull-out filter for the top 200mm fan (which is odd, since the fan blows out through the filter), three grommetted holes for water cooling hoses, a 140mm exhaust fan, nine card slots, Cooler Master's cable security slot (above the card slots in this image), and the mounting area for the power supply. You can remove the cable security device from the extra slot and use it instead to mount things like fan and light controllers without taking up a motherboard slot position. At the far left of this image you can see a slot in the very top of the case-- this is the secondary handle you can slip your hand into to use in conjunction with the top handle. As with the top handle, the rear handle is steel and connected directly to the steel case chassis.
The right side of the case is similar to the left side, although the meshed area is smaller. The "indented" side of the case will provide extra room for cables on the back side of the motherboard tray.
At the front of the case are nine 5.25" bay covers, although only the top three are actually available for 5.25" devices in the standard configuration. The lower six bays are occupied by two 3.5" drive cages, but you can remove one or both of the cages to free up more 5.25" bays. Note that the bottom bay cover has a removable panel for 3.5" devices.
Let's take a closer look at the details of the exterior in the next section.