Cooler Master Storm Scout Reviewdamian -
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In order to properly test the Cooler Master Scout, I will gather temperatures for the processor, chipset, hard drive, and the video card during their idle phase and load phase. To record idle temperatures I will leave the computer running for fifteen minutes with little to no stress whatsoever. Next, I will simulate a load using Prime 95 with small FFTs and HDTune simultaneously for thirty minutes. Next, I will use ATITool's built in stability test to load the video card. I will be using the latest version of HWMonitor to help monitor temperatures. Ambient temperatures during testing were 22 degrees Celsius.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 920
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Platinum
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 9-9-9-24
- Video Card: nVidia GTX 260
- Power Supply: Corsair VX550W
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1 64-bit
- Ambient Temperature: 22° Celsius
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
- Case: Ultra UV Wizard
- Case: Rosewill R230
For a mid-tower case and stock cooling in all departments, the Cooler Master Scout did a great job at cooling across all fields, from the processor to chipset testing. It was able to win four out of eight tests, and provided close competition to the Cooler Master HAF 922 - even outperforming it in some of the areas of testing. Hard drive cooling seems to be the Scout's specialty, it was able to cool it down better than any other case, and it's no doubt the included 140mm front fan was a big help.