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Written by Bruce Normann   
Sunday, 08 November 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Gaming Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
CM Storm Sniper Testing
Black Edition Final Thoughts
CM Storm Sniper Black Conclusion

CM Storm Sniper Black Edition

Déjà vu is a funny thing. At first you're not sure it's real; then you're absolutely convinced; finally, it fades and you're not sure anymore. The CM Storm Sniper, first shown to the public when Cooler Master launched the CM Storm brand in 2008, started out life with a full "Black Ops" paint job. Black on the outside, black on the inside and the first gaming case to feature three massive 200mm cooling fans, it was an instant hit. Somehow, the production version ended up without the black interior, but it was still a rousing success when Benchmark Reviews looked at it in January of this year. Its ten months later, coming up on the holiday season, and what better (and easier) way to kick it up a notch than to bring back the black: The CM Storm Sniper Black Edition SGC-6000-KKN1-GP.

The more jaded among us might say that's a little too easy, but Cooler Master include all three fans with the new version, offer a couple additional specialty models to choose from, incorporate 2.5" SSD support, and introduce some running production changes that improve on the original design. Not quite a Sniper II, but much more than just some additional black powder coat sprayed on the interior.


All in all, there are enough changes in this new version, that it's worthwhile taking a second look. This gaming chassis sits right in the sweet spot for price, performance, and value. Especially so, since the price has come down a bit since we reviewed the first production version. Let's see if it really is Deja vu, or something else entirely.

CM Storm Sniper Black Edition Features

Strength - undeniable material strength and unprecedented airflow from three huge 200mm fans with LED lights.
Security - the groundbreaking StormGuard TM security system efficiently protects your gaming peripherals from theft.
Control - the unique control center offers convenient control over fan speeds and lights; while the sturdy carrying handles let you decide the place for your next battle.

Upgraded Features:
All black high quality interior coating
Three huge 200mm blue LED fans included
Solid Bridge included for full 2.5" SSD/HDD support

Standard Features:
StormGuard TM - groundbreaking security system for safeguarding your gaming peripherals
Next generation control panel for tuning your lights and fans
Convenient handle and foot stand for fast and efficient mobilization and relocation
2 years limited warranty

Sniper Black Edition Specifications

  • Model: SGC-6000-KXN1-GP
  • Available Color: Black
  • Material: Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel
  • Dimension: (L)22.3 x (W)10 x (H)21.7 inches
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs
  • M/B Type: Micro-ATX/ATX
  • 5.25" Drive Bay: 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay)
  • 3.5" Drive Bay: 5 Hidden 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)
  • Cooling System:
    • Front: 200x30mm Blue LED Fan x 1 (500 - 1000rpm, 17 - 23 dBA)
    • Top: 200x30mm Blue LED Fan x 1 (500 - 1000rpm, 17 - 23 dBA)
      (can be swapped for two 120mm fans or 120x240mm Radiator)
    • Rear: 120x25mm Standard Fan x 1 (1200rpm, 17 dBA)
      (can be swapped for 90mm fan or 80mm fan)
    • Bottom: Supports 140mm Fan x 1 or 120mm Fan x 1 w/ Dust Filter (optional)
    • Side: 200x30mm Blue LED Fan x 1 (500 - 1000rpm, 17 - 23 dBA)
      120x25mm Fan x 2 (optional)
  • Expansion Slots: Standard x 7, Special x 1
  • I/O Panel: USB2.0 x 4; IEEE1394 x 1; eSATA x 1; Mic x 1; HDAudio+AC'97 x 1
  • Power Supply: Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

About the company: CM Storm

Owning the PC trenches for almost two decades, Cooler Master's veterans present their scars from battles past as claims of triumph over the competition. United with a new generation of eSports athletes and engineers, now marching under the flag of CM Storm, the time has come to reveal truly ground-breaking, military grade hardware for the gaming revolution. CM_Storm_Logo_350.jpg

Through long-standing research programs, CM Storm is co-developed with the world's most prolific enthusiasts and eSport prodigies. Thanks to intensive testing and continuous feedback, the CM Storm division has been able to encompass and improve upon gamers' needs and their tough to handle scenarios. By working directly with the gaming community, CM Storm has injected Storm Tactics into each and every product we make. Storm Tactics, with a heavily dedicated focus on Strength, Security and Control, will keep your most vital gear fortified and well tuned at all times. Marking a new era for Cooler Master, our fierce Storm Gear stands ready at bay to mobilize and back up your gaming skills. For more information, please visit:



# Room to spareRealNeil 2010-11-11 10:30
I won a PC from another website and it came to me wrapped up in this case. It really does have a ton of room inside and everything stays cool while I'm using it. I usually buy CoolerMaster cases because I like their functionality and good looks, but this one is truly exceptional in every way.
I've seen them recently on NewEgg for $99.00 on sale, but now it's back up to $139.00.
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# It's ideal for me...BruceBruce 2010-11-11 11:43
For reviewing purposes, it's been great. I'm always taking components out and putting new ones in, and the extra room, tool-less features and good cable management make it much easier than with some other cases. Plus, it keeps everything cool, with those big fans.
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# availabilitygaurav sharma 2013-02-23 20:29
Cooler Master Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Chassis
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# Four More Years....Bruce 2013-02-24 15:35

It's been almost four years since this case came out. I suspect there are updated versions available now. Just Google the name, instead of the part number.....
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