Cooler Master Storm Sniper Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 24, 2009
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As I mentioned before, we would take a closer look at how to use the tool-less features of the case. The first up are the drive bay tool-less features. The first ones that I would like to look at are the 5.25" drives. These use a simple push button that when the button is pushed down, the drive is locked into place if the holes are line up properly with the push button. The push button is going to release a piece of plastic that goes into the screw hole and holds the drive in place. The next part that I wanted to look at is how you are going to install your HDD in your case. This is just as simple, first you are going to pull up the lever, then pull out the the HDD casing, bend the casing so you can fit your HDD inside of it, then slide it back into the desired slot and close the lever.
The back side of the case, where the motherboard is mounted is where there are a few other wire management features located, the first being the PCI slots. They use a plastic piece that has knobs on the portion that feeds through the case material to allow the plastic tab to lock into place when a card is installed. These tabs are going to apply enough force to act as a "screw" and keep the card from moving out of place when placed upright. Above the expansion slots is a "maze" design for wires to be fed through to keep them in place so that they will not disrupt the natural flow of the air passing through the case.
There are only three fans that come pre-installed on the Cooler Master Storm Sniper case. These three are the one 200mm fan in the front, the 200mm fan located on the top of the case, and the 120mm fan that is located on the back of the case above the expansion slots. There is a spot for a fourth fan, a 120mm fan on the bottom of the case in front of where the PSU is mounted. This will either add to the suction of warm case air or blow some of the warmer air pooling at the bottom towards the 200mm fan located directly above it.
The two 200mm fans have blue LEDs on them that are going to be bright enough to light up the entire case, adding a cool look to it, while the 120mm fan is just a simple black fan that is going to do its one function, sucking air in one end and blowing it out the other. They are all 12v fans that are made by Cooler Master. The 200mm fans operate at .40a while the 120mm fan operates at .16a.
The front IO panel that is located on the outside of the case has quite a few different and innovative features. The first feature is the integrated fan controller, that is not just a fan controller. The large knob will increase the fan speed when turned to the right and decrease it when turned to the left, while the center of the knob is a button. When pressed, it will turn the LEDs to the fans connected to its power cord off! Simply amazing, no more annoying blue LEDs lighting your room up! There is also the typical power button, the 4x USB 2.0 ports, the headphone and microphone ports, the e-SATA port, along with the Firewire port. Above the USB ports to left of the case, there are two LEDs, one being the HDD activity light, while the other is the "power on" light.
With everything installed in the case, you can tell exactly how well the case is at hiding the wires. I only spent about 15-20min installing all of the parts. I was quite impressed by the layout of the case and the positioning of the cut-outs in the motherboard tray, as they were large enough to get the power supplies wires through and spaced close enough to drop some down from the top. I am using the Cooler Master V10 CPU cooler during this installation, and it's easy to see that these two were designed around each other.
Now that we know exactly what this case looks like, it is time to see how impressive the specifications of it are.