|CM Storm Stryker Computer Case Review|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 27 August 2012|
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CM Storm Stryker Computer Case Review
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Product Name: CM Storm Stryker
Model Number: SGC-5000W-KWN1
Price As Tested: $159.99 (Newegg.com)
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
In the fall of 2011, Cooler Master's gaming and enthusiast product branch, CM Storm, released the CM Storm Trooper Computer Case. It was a massive full-tower case with a very unique front I/O style and a big handle on top. The CM Storm Trooper received a lot of high marks by reviewers and owners alike. This time around, Cooler Master is changing things up just a little. The CM Storm Trooper is getting a face-lift and a name change. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at the CM Storm Stryker, a white, windowed version of the Trooper.
I have to admit that I am big fan of white cases, if they are done right. I am currently housing my system in the Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case, and my wife's computer is bundled into a white NZXT Switch 810. Because of that, I was really excited to get my hands on the CM Storm Stryker and check it out. While a lot of the case remains the same as its predecessor, the white paint and the windowed side panel make it stand out a lot more for me.
Full-tower cases are starting to lose their appeal now that so much is being integrated onto the mainboard. Generations ago, in computer time, your system needed a video card, sound card, and a network card at least. You might have also included a modem, a USB controller, an additional IDE or SCSI controller, and any number of other devices in your system. All those peripherals added up and you needed the space to hold them. If you were an enthusiast, a full-tower case was probably a necessity.
Things have changed, however. The sound, network adapter, and USB headers, and RAID controllers are all on the motherboard. Enthusiast motherboards might include a WiFi adapter or other peripherals as well. If you aren't going to be gaming or pushing your graphics, that's likely to be built-in as well. The point is, unless you are running Tri- or Quad- SLI or CrossFire configurations, a full-tower case is now too much.
That hasn't deterred the manufacturers that cater to enthusiasts, however. CM Storm, among others, still maintains quite a few full-tower cases. So let's get on with it and start taking apart the CM Storm Stryker.