Cooler Master Storm Sniper Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 24, 2009
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The front of the case looks somewhat like most of the other Cooler Master cases out there. All of the drive bays are deisgned with airflow in mind and they are made with a mesh type material that is going to be able to "breathe" allowing air to flow at its own pace through it. There is the front IO pannel also located at the top of the case that is going to allow you to use some of the ports that are located on your motherboard when you need them, without having to reach to the back of the case. At the bottom, you are going to see that there is a large fan mounted to suck fresh, colder air in from outside of your case. The back side of the case is where you are going to find the completely solid side panel. This panel was also designed with airflow in the back of their mind, as it has a pushed out center, allowing for better cable management and allowing more cables to be "hidden" behind the motherboard tray. The back of the case is where you are going to see exactly how the case has been set up. The PSU is positioned at the bottom of the case, the motherboard is positioned towards the top, while there is a single 120mm fan that is positioned where the PSU is usally located. The main side panel of the case is made up of a mesh type material to allow the case to "breathe" some more, allowing for better air flow.
Taking a closer look at the side panels of the Sniper case, you can see that the "breathable" main side panel is not only made up of the mesh material, it is also designed with plastic supports in the background. These supports are going to allow you to mount a fan if you so choose to, as this will add more air flow to the interior of the case, dropping the temperatures even more. The other side panel is quite simple in looks, however the design allows more wires to be hidden behind the motherboard tray, again allowing for more airflow that is not going to be disrupted. There is a Cooler Master Storm logo located on the back panel.
Now that we have the side panels removed, the next logical step would be to see how the interior of this beautiful case is designed and laid out. The main side of the case, is where you are going to find all of the tool-less features of the case located. The front of the case is where all of the drives are going to be located including your 5.25" drive bays towards the top and your 2.5" drive bays towards the bottom. We will get into more detail later in the review as to exactly how they work. You can also see the two 200mm fans that are mounted on the inside of the case - one is located at the top and the other at the front lower bottom of the case. Looking from the back of the case is going to show you how the wire management is going to be set up. There is a large hole at the bottom for running your power supply wires through and a hole at the top if you needed to feed any of those down.
The brown box located on the base of the case is where you are going to find all of your accessories that you may need to install your hardware for the case, such as a user manual, a bag of screws, the expansion slot brackets, and some zip ties to keep all of those wires in place.
The expansion slot brackets are all made with many slits in them, that are again going to allow the air from the inside of the case to flow over the cards that are installed inside of the case and flow right out the back of the case after it has picked up some of the heat from the cards, allowing your computer to run more smoothly. There are four "boots" that can be installed on the feet of your case to keep from scratching the surface that you feel like putiting your case on, along with two more rubber gromets to allow water cooling tubing to be fed out of the inside of your case. There are a handful of zip ties included with the Sniper case, along with two metal brackets that are going to allow you to install a 3.5" drive, such as a floppy drive in the 5.25" drive bay.
Now that we know the basic layout of the case, it's time to take a closer look at exactly how all of the parts work together to increase the airflow and allow your case to function properly.