CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Black Edition ReviewCompxpert - November 11, 2009
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With many people now using the popular Intel Core i7, I'd figure many of you are also looking into overclocking it, right? After a heatsink or watercooling loop, the next weakest link in any attempt at a decent overclock is the case. A case must have great airflow, wire managability and many good fans in order to push it to the max. But what about the ability to mount a radiator if you want water cooling? If this is some of what you're looking for in a case, then CoolerMaster might just be your answer, with the Storm Sniper Black Edition. Now, you might be sitting here wondering, "Hey didn't OCC already review the Storm Sniper?". Well, if that is your question, then you'd be correct. Already reviewed was the Storm Sniper, but here we have new words - 'Black Edition'. So does that mean the case is black? No. It is simply a new revision to an already excellent case. The Storm Sniper Black Edition ships with SSD mounting capabilities and even comes with a mousepad. But that's not all. The entire case is now black, which originally the inside and back were not. In addition to that, the 200mm side fan is now included instead of optional.
So, I already mentioned some great features that are packed into this wonderful case, but you have not even seen the box yet. On the front you can clearly see what I already mentioned. This case comes with a mousepad. How many other case manufacturers actually do that? As you can then see on the left-side of the box, we have the specifications and on the right we just have a picture of the case. On the back, however, here we get into the nitty gritty. Here we are told the features of the case. You can also that below the features, is the Storm Tactics guarantee. You will also find that this case is recommended by gamers and lists three such groups that recommend this case. We are also shown pictures with captions pointing out specific features of the case.
So how about we unpack this case? What we have is a typical packing set-up, complete with a bag of plastic over the case, which is then sandwiched between to pieces of Styrofoam. You can also see in the second picture that the case came packaged with a manual.
So now that we have the case, unpacked let's take an even closer look.