|CM Storm Trooper Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 27 September 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
After removing the left side panel, we're greeted with the immense, fully painted case interior. The two fans at the right of this image each cool a removable 3.5" drive cage that can accomodate up to four drives, and are also the only LED-lit fans on the system. If you prefer, the drive cages can be removed and rotated so the fans are in front of the case, blowing towards the rear. While it's nice to have this option, the design of the drive cages means that the fans can only blow down the length of the drives, so my preferred setup of "drives mounted sideways for neat cabling, fans at the front for best airflow" isn't possible. My disappointment in this was offset by the sight of the nine card slots this case supports.
The area behind the motherboard tray shows the 3 large grommetted cable routing holes, as well as a large number of tie-down points (I count 18). The hole for CPU cooler backplate access is huge.
Looking into the drive bay area, we can see the three 5.25" bays at the top of the case, with the first four-drive 3.5" cage directly below. Removing a 3.5" drive cage-- a simple matter of unscrewing two thumbscrews-- will open up three 5.25" bays.
To install 5.25" devices, you simply pop off the bay covers and slide the devices in. Since there are no latch mechanisms, you'll secure your devices with screws. Frankly I prefer this method since even with a latch, the drive is only secured from one side and always needs at least one screw on the other side to keep it stable. In this image you'll see I've re-oriented one of the 3.5" drive cages so the fan is facing front.
With the top plastic panel removed, we see the sturdy metal handle's attachment to the case, as well as get a better look at the radiator/fan mounting area. Combined with the space at the bottom of the case, you could mount two 2x120mm radiators. The rear case handle is at the far right of the image.
Let's take a closer look at some of the interior features of this case in the next section.