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Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Review

airman    -   April 12, 2011
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Conclusion:

I have always been spoiled by large, gigantic full-tower cases loaded up with fans and even castors, though I have come to like these recent mid tower cases that come out onto the market. Cooler Master has always been a good name to myself along with many others, and I am sure they will stay that way for a long time. To wrap up this review, I want to point out the things that I like about this case. First off, I like the stealth door that really ties the front of the case together. I have always like cases with doors, and at one point I was taking the 5.25" bay covers and modifying them to fit over my DVD-ROM drives for the stealthy look. Even though I cannot use it, the internal USB 3.0 header seems to be an answer to one of my regular gripes about many of the recent cases where a tacky, bright blue male USB cable has to be run out through the back of the case, taking up one of the water cooling grommets. Hopefully I will start seeing this more. I also always appreciate wire management accommodations, as I am very conscious about the way that my cables are routed and that they don't case any rat nests.

Though I won't have a particular need for it, the removable and rotating hard drive cage is a neat feature that I'm sure would suit many people. On a similar note, I didn't find the Storm Guard to be useful myself, though I see the need for that as well. I don't, however, see why the screw securing it in place is a thumbscrew, easily accessible on the outside of the case. Removing that screw would require no tools, and a criminal could still walk away with your peripherals, assuming that they have an extra ten seconds to spare. Nevertheless, I was impressed to see a mid tower on the smaller size still capable of housing up to a 340mm graphics card, fully tool-less operation aside from the expansion slots, room for large power supplies, and excellent wire management accommodations. Again, Cooler Master has pleased me with its engineering and design, with the customer and unique needs perfectly implemented.

 

Pros:

  • Wire management
  • Low hard drive temperatures, good performance elsewhere
  • Fits up to 340mm video cards and extra large heatsinks
  • Quiet operation
  • Good looks
  • Dust filters on bottom and front intakes

 

Cons:

  • Storm Guard could use some more thought
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