Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Storm SNIPER
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Cooler Master Storm Sniper
24 September 2009
Excerpt: The Cooler Master Storm Sniper, with its matte-black, mesh-covered shell and blue-glowing fans, looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie, the kind where cyber-soldiers rush into a building and start furiously hacking its defenses. And that’s awesome. It’s large for a midtower case, and looks even larger than it is, thanks to bowed-out side panels and feet that raise the bottom of the case an inch above the ground.
Pros: Stylish and sturdy; neat fan controller; hardy top handle for easy transport.
Cons: Dust filters not easily removable; strange connector choices on case fans.
Summary: The Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case is feature for feature one of the very best mid-tower cases on the market. With three fans (2x200mm & 1x120mm) it has excellent air circulation, tooless design, quality build, excellent styling, etc. It even comes with integrated handles at the top. This is the case you've been looking for! Watch the video to find out more...
Conclusion: So Cooler Master introduced their Storm product line with the Sniper over 6 months ago, and in that time I have had a lot of time to live with the Sniper. In that time I have rebuilt my rig once and have swapped out countless parts, not to mention It has traveled to multiple LAN parties. I found the case to be very easy to work in due to its tool-less components and the amazing amount of wire hiding space with the bulged side panels.
Excerpt: While attending the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas this January I got my first look at the new CoolerMaster Storm Sniper I was immediately impressed with a long list of features that this case brings to the table and the fact it offers some items which I have never seen before in a CoolerMaster enclosure.
Excerpt: The Sniper is the first case in Cooler Master's new Storm series for gamers. A prototype of this product was presented at the Games Convention in Leipzig last year, and the first retail units started shipping about a month ago.
Summary: The Storm Sniper is typical Cooler Master, which is to say top notch. Fit and finish are excellent, all the screw holes line up where they're supposed to, the tool-less mechanisms work beautifully and controls are right within reach. There is plenty of mesh and fan positions to move a ton of air and keep things cool. Like the Cosmos and HAF, there are provisions to mount a 2x120mm radiator in the top, and the carry handles make moving the Sniper around a breeze.
Summary: Today we’re taking a look at the Cooler Master Sniper computer case, which is a brand new gaming case. This new case is mainly aimed at gamers with top handles, security features and some sort of window. We also find some lighting features and a bunch of overkill fans ;) Question now is, do all these features make up a good case or will they fail? Head over to next page and continue reading.
Summary: The Cooler Master Storm (CM Storm) Sniper is a great case in many regards. Starting with the ability from the company to create very nicely themed enclosures and adding a level of detail to these overall designs, which other companies have yet to manage, to the well balanced interior. When first seeing the HAF 932 I was impressed by the small details of the chassis and the same goes for the CM Storm Sniper.
Pros: Great overall design, Incredible, rugged paint job, Up to 5 fans controllable, Silent when fans are turned down, Plenty of space, Handles to carry the case around, Pushes lots of air - 2x 200 mm units included, Large top fan can be replaced by 120 mm units - perfect for radiator, Screw-less system for optical drives, Simple but well constructed hard drive trays, Front covers can easily be removed, High quality feet, Dust filter on side panel, Additional water cooling ...
Cons: Clips to hold expansion cards in placed won't manage large and heavy cards, Fans are quite loud on fastest setting, Screw-less system for optical drives does not hold perfectly., Many openings in the case do not have dust filters, Molex connectors of fan controller not labeled properly
Conclusion: I've now tested four gaming cases, Antec 1200, 300, NZXT Tempest and CM Sniper and from this bunch the Sniper is my favorite. The main things that I like are the spacious internal layout, quiet yet effective cooling and the overall ease of use. On paper the case is huge, with two dimensions over half a meter, but somehow it still manages to look smaller. And after all, it fits under the desk just fine.