Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Storm SNIPER
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Cooler Master Storm Sniper Case Video Review
8 August 2009
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...
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 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: 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. The only real issue for most will come down to the cost, or that those with heavy GPUs packing giant aftermarket coolers, may have a little trouble holding them in place with the toolless PCI brackets.
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