Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 (SGC-2100-KWN2)
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CM Storm Scout II review: too little, too late
10 June 2013
Excerpt: The CM Storm Scout was recently updated, and we tested the Advanced version. The sturdy grips indicate it's made for being moved around, to LAN parties for example. With the white or grey color scheme it definitely stands out.
Summary: The CM Storm Scout 2 was a pleasure to work with and was very easy to do a system install. You do not have to remove the front to remove the blanks covering the optical bays. You can reach them from inside very easily, but if you decide to remove the front of the case - it is very easily removed by...
Pros: Unique Design, Good Air-flow, Native USB 3.0 Ports, See Through Window, Security System
Conclusion: The Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 arrived some three years after the original CM Storm Scout hit the market, however, I think it was worth the wait. I feel that the case is more refined than the original and is currently at a price point that most LAN party goers would have a hard time passing up.
Pros: more of a modern “high tech” military look to it, sturdy quality built chassis, great carrying handle, well balanced when carrying, will accommodate large graphics cards, with the removal of top HDD cage panel, supports ATX and Micro ATX, tool-less design, excellent amount of ventilation, will su...
Cons: only one fan included (should have at least 3), no dust filter for a couple of intake fan locations, no 3.5″ external drive
Excerpt: If you have not figured it out by now, just about every case manufacturer has a gaming brand. Cooler Master was one of the first to develop such a brand when they opened up CM Storm. And since then we have seen some pretty great cases.
Summary: Having released the CM Storm Scout three and a half years ago, Cooler Master has had plenty of time to update its design, and when it comes to aesthetics, we think the company has greatly improved the original product.
Summary: The CM Storm Scout 2 mid-tower case is an updated design that thankfully does not fully abandon what made the original Scout popular among enthusiasts. A suite of well rounded features on a foundation of top notch build quality is appealing to anyone with a semblance of taste.
Conclusion: Passing judgement on a case like the Scout 2 is always difficult, as despite its sub-par cooling, it has numerous points that work in its favour. The build quality is excellent with very few exceptions, which makes the Scout 2 a wonderful case to work with.
Summary: The CM Storm Scout 2 is definitely a step up from the original in almost every way possible. The front is more rounded, and while still an aggressive looking unit, it should be pleasing to anyone who sees it.
Conclusion: Performance for most any computer case usually comes down to thermal management. For a gaming case, it's critical. Some video cards may be running cooler these days, but as transistors get smaller, the temptation to cram more of them into the same space on the GPU always leads to more heat.
Pros: Form Follows Function, as always!, Dual, 399mm video card support, Highly configurable air cooling, Water cooling capability, Side-loading HDD bays, Great cable management features, Dual 2.5" drive adapter works well, Construction quality, Sturdy handle and framework, PSU filter can be cleaned wi...
Cons: No filter supplied for bottom fan location, Access to bottom fan filter requires tipping the case, Only one fan supplied as standard, Reset button is identical size and shape as lighting control