Cooler Master Storm Series Sniper Black Edition Gaming Case Review
28 December 2009
Summary: The Cooler Master Storm Series Sniper Black Edition
Case definitely scores at the top of the class for features that gamers love like the mesh lit side panel, tool-less assembly, extra interior chassis space, aggressive design, expert cooling, and fan control.
Pros: Plenty of interior space for builds, Tool-less features work well, Removable hard drive trays, Excellent fan control system for customized cooling, Black interior chassis is both tasteful and cool at the same time, Excellent cable management
Cons: Can't easily see the elite interior without heavy lighting (buy the plexi version instead), Lots of competition at similar price points
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.
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.
Conclusion: The Sniper Gaming Case has been an interesting product to review. It's not just the launch of a case, but also the start of a brand new division at Cooler Master. In support of the case and this new division, Cooler Master has launched a completely new website as well as several promotional videos...
Pros: Phenomenal cooling performance, Visually appealing design, Illuminated, variable speed fans w/ integrated controller, Pre-drilled, customizable fan locations, Built in support for water cooling, Steel-reinforced carrying handle, Two year warranty
Cons: Tool-less expansion slots felt insecure, Some fan vibration audible at high setting
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.
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 syste...
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: Once again Coolermaster have produced a very functional, good looking case with some nice toolless innovations. While I usually like to come up with some negative points on a case, as no product is perfect, there’s very little wrong with this one.
Pros: Great cooling, Looks good, Cable management is top notch, Toolless features are well implemented
Cons: Toolless clips can’t support too much weight, Fan speed controller is scratchy, Could be a bit expensive for some