Cooler Master Storm Scout Reviewdamian - May 21, 2009
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The interior and exterior of the Scout case are coated with an all-black finish. There are also plenty of holes in the motherboard tray for easy cable management. When the front panel is taken off, the 140mm red LED fan is revealed, as well as the hidden drive bays. It's also worth noting that the removable front panel includes dust filters for the drive bays and the fan area. The hole that is seen in the motherboard tray is a godsend for those who use bolt-on heatsinks or water blocks to cool their CPUs. It may not be the perfect cutout for every board and application, but thought was put into this opening.
The Scout features an all tool-less system; this includes the top drive bays, hard drives, and expansion slots. When first installing a drive, don't be afraid to give it a good push. At first, I thought my Lite-On DVD drive was just too big to fit, but giving it a good push fixed this. I was not too fond of the tool-less expansion slots. It might cause a problem for heavier graphics cards. The plastic is also somewhat flimsy, and caused problems down the road which I will note in the conclusion. The main problem comes when using video cards that do not have room at the front of the card to accommodate the locking mechanism
Included with Scout are the standard case wires, such as the front headers, two USB cables, audio, and the not-so-standard eSATA cable.
At the bottom of the case is where the power supply would be installed. There are four standoffs for the power supply, two metal brackets at the top for secure installation, and a large dust filter.
Included in the case are two 120mm fans rated at 12V.
With everything installed in the case there was plenty of room to store any leftover connectors from the power supply. It was only at the top of the case where things started to get a little cramped.
Now that we have inspected the case in and out, let's check out its performance.