CM Storm Trooper ReviewBluePanda - October 30, 2011
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Testing the CM Storm Trooper required turning up the heat! Testing involved recording temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during idle and load phases. Load was simulated by running Prime95’s small FFTs, HD Tune, and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. The maximum temperatures were recorded using HW Monitor. It is important to note that each case is tested in its factory configuration, including location of fans, unless otherwise specified.
Although the Storm Trooper has a few different location options for placing the two red LED fans, the case was tested as it was shipped. All the pictures provided represent this positioning. It is also important to note that due to my water cooling setup, the back 140mm stock fan was replaced with the 2 x 120mm fans on my radiator. Nonetheless the testing results of this setup are pretty indicative of the standard performance of this case, especially considering the comparison cases were tested in a similar manner.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Mushkin Redline
- Video Card: 4870X2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- BitFenix Outlaw
- NZXT Source 220
- NZXT Tempest 210
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition
Overall I was not too surprised by the results. When compared to the Cooler Master HAF 932 case I was expecting similar results considering size and amount of air flow. In comparison, the other cases are small, inexpensive chassis with little room for extra hardware. The numbers that impressed me most were the HDD temperatures. In most cases these temperatures are similar at idle and at load, but the CM Storm Trooper had dramatically less heat from the beginning. I have to give credit to the two fans that sit on the drive bays as they clearly have an effect on the HDD temperatures by moving large amounts of air though the bays. It would be interesting to see how this changes with multiple drives, but I am confident it would still beat out the competition. In the end it is a large case, and good air flow should be expected. Overall the results meet my expectations.