CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Black Edition ReviewCompxpert - November 11, 2009
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So here we are - the inside of the case. It even comes with a cool sheet of paper on the motherboard tray that tells you which screws go with either a full ATX or mATX board. Also, we have here our hardware box tied to the HDD bay with a twist-tie. Also of note is the big hole for swapping heatsinks on the motherboard tray. This seems to be a growing trend with new cases now allowing you to swap the heatsink without having to remove the motherboard. Also note the detailed diagram pointing out which stand-offs are for which board.
Ah, tool-less features. We have these for the 5.25" drives and ones for your hard drives. The 5.25" is a really nice solution. Just insert the drive and push the button in and it clicks into place to hold the drive. Push it again to remove the drive. Moving on to the hard drive bay, you will find it nice easy to remove the trays. All you need to do is remove, insert the drive into the tray and slide in and close the front. Also note the tool-less solution for expansion devices. This pushes back towards you when you want to insert/remove devices. The last thing of note is the optional fan for the bottom, which can take a 120mm or 140mm fan. I'm not sure exactly if this is really beneficial or not, but it's nice either way, I suppose.
Here we have a look at the back of the case with the side panel off. There are a good number of cables here, two of which relate to the fan controller for power, one is for LED control of the side panel fan and the other is for an optional LED fan. This mass of cables also includes front panel switches, LEDs, USB, FireWire, and sound. CoolerMaster has even kindly zip-tied these wires down for you, so you don't have to. Below are detailed pics also showing you each of the different wires. The fan controller features five male four-pin Molex cables for power output to fans and one female Molex for input to the controller. Here you can also see the side panel off with the 200mm fan.
Here we have a closer look at the tool-less insert for hard drives. The front opens and closes in order to lock in the drive, which is different then most solutions I've seen. Here we also have a picture of our box of hardware and what is inside. Featured here are screws for Solid State Drives, adapters for Solid State Drives, grommets for the tube holes that run beside the PSU hole, rubber feet, motherboard screws and stand-offs, zip tie, and some really long screws that I have no idea about - no doubt detailed in the manual.
Of course here is a closer look at that very manual. Not much to say about it here, but I will mention that I had to refer to it a couple of times to figure out the fan controller.
Here we have the included mousepad packaged with the case. It is the CS-M FPS Tactics DC mousepad. I will also list specifications and features on the next page for this as well. Just looking at the box, you can notice it is a little larger than that of the CS-M Weapon of Choice M4 DM. More on why below.
Of course I can't move on with out a little show-and-tell, so let's do just that. This mousepad is thicker than the M4 by 2mm and the surface is also much more smooth than the M4 DM. However, besides the thickness and surface difference, I notice no difference in the rubber backing and the other dimensions are the same between the two. Also printed on the mouse pad, are handy 'Do Nots' you should keep in mind for any FPS situation.
Doesn't it look nice with the lights on? You bet. But honestly - what is better than that you ask? Well, you may remember a page back I mentioned something that was just as nice as the great water cooling support. Well, now I'm going to talk about it. Looking at the picture on the left, what do you notice that is there? If you saw that I have both fans on the heatsink, as well as the top 200mm fan in there at the same time, then you found exactly what I'm talking about. This is awesome. I haven't had a case yet that could contain all of Thor's hammer with its fans in a 'push-pull' configuration, all while having another fan above it. So go ahead and throw any 120mm heatsink in here and put it in a 'push-pull configuration'. I assure you it will work with the 200mm fan above. I can't vouch for every configuration possible though, but I should think a TRUE would also mount in either direction and I do believe Thor's hammer could do the same.
Well I believe that about sums it up. Let's review the specifications and features on the next page.