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Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Review

airman    -   April 12, 2011
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Closer Look:

The front of the case is very sleek and stylish with the "CM Storm" and logo text at the top of the door. At the bottom, there are four meshed sections in front of the front, red 200mm fan. The left side of the case has a window that takes up about half of the panel, allowing others to view the inside of the case. According to the user manual, there is another side panel available that does not have a window and can mount a 120mm side fan. This panel is held on by two black thumbscrews, on the rear. The rear of the case shows the shortness and stoutness of the case, as it is what I will call "stumpy." This gives the case a low center of gravity and a unique look. There are three, 0.5" water cooling grommets at the top of the case above the 120mm exhaust fan. There are seven expansion slots which are located next to another similar vertical slot with a cover held in with a thumb screw. This is the "Storm Guard" slot, which I will show later. The right side of the case shows the uniform, matte black finish that covers all surfaces of the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top of the case features a similar platform towards the front bezel that can be used to retain objects such as keys, thumb drives, or whatever else the user may choose to put there. Other cases from Cooler Master such as the HAF 932 have this feature, which is useful for the desktops set on the floor or on a desk. The top is capable of housing two 120mm fans as well as a 200mm fan. This offers the user an extra choice and shows that Cooler Master has each practical need in mind. The bottom of the case has a standard fan filter beneath the power supply, which allows a bottom-mounted power supply to "breathe" and also filters the majority of dust from entering the power supply unit.

 

 

The front door is hinged on the right side and is held shut buy what I'll call a mystery mechanism. I don't see any magnets, but that's what it feels like. There are four 5.25" device covers, and the bottom one has a pop-out for a 3.5" floppy drive - which is installed with the included 5.25" to 3.5" adapter rails. Removing the front bezel is achieved by unfastening the six plastic expansion fittings, which is very simple and common to many other cases. Behind the front 200mm fan is a mounting configuration that's capable of housing two 120mm fans as well, just like the top of the case.

 

 

This concludes the exterior evaluation of the case. Continuing on the next page will be a close up look at the interior of the Storm Enforcer and the features that it offers.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Setup
  6. Conclusion
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