by William Kelley on April 8, 2009 in Cases & PSUs
Cooler Master is well-known for their creation of high-quality products, but things are taken to the next level with their new CM Storm brand. Their first product here is the mid-tower Sniper, and what a chassis this is! In addition to offering features specific to LAN gamers, the overall design, cooling ability and aesthetics make it well worth checking out.
Overall, this is a fine case. The build quality is excellent and the paint finish is fantastic. Couple in the new design features, and you have a knockout of a case. I really liked the “Storm Guard” feature. While I have never been to a LAN, I can imagine it is somewhat nerve-racking to walk away from your PC knowing your expensive keyboard, mouse and webcam are not secured in any way. It would not be impossible to defeat this feature, but it would sure make a potential thief think twice before messing with your stuff.
Airflow is fast becoming a Cooler Master trademark as well. There is mesh and venting everywhere. I, for one, cannot stand the noise of fans. I want my PC as silent as possible. I also demand that cooling capacity is not adversely affected when silencing my personal rig. With all the options you have for various cooling configurations then, only your imagination will limit the capabilities of the Sniper. The added ability to turn LEDs on and off with the push of a button is also a great idea. This is a feature that should have been utilized a long time ago.
There is no denying the powerful military theme that the CM Storm line is using. These products are designed for war and the rigorous demands that such use will place on hardware. The nail has been hit squarely on the head and the result is an amazing chassis. Bringing this beat to a LAN will show everyone you mean business and when it is time to get down and dirty you will definitely have the edge on sneaking up on your enemies in stealth mode.
When all said and done, I’m going to award CM’s Storm Sniper a well-deserved 9 out of 10. Had it not been for the 2-pin fan controller plug, this would almost be a perfect chassis. Despite that issue though, everything else about the case warrants it an Editor’s Choice award as well.
Very few products I have had in front of me deserve such high marks. Coming in at $179.99US (Newegg.com) there is little else in the market that packs so much punch. In fact, I do not believe there is any other current chassis that offers as many features for that money.
Simply stated, I could only find the one single flaw in this entire package. I can whole-heartedly state that I am looking forward to testing future products from the CM Storm lineup. If they maintain the same attention to detail as they have with the Sniper, they will most certainly take the LAN world by storm!
- Solid build quality.
- Full-featured design.
- Built-in FAN/LED controllers.
- Tool-less design.
- “Storm Guard” safety.
- Tremendous airflow.
- 2-pin plugs on the fan controller.
Cooler Master Storm Sniper Mid-Tower Chassis
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