Cooler Master Announces CM Storm Trooper Premium Gaming Chassis
CM Storm, of the Cooler Master Group, unleashes a truly magnificent feat of engineering into an arena that represents the future of warfare; the Trooper full-tower chassis. Capable of lightning fast redeployment, it’s the first in its class to include an ultra-strong carrying handle; allowing a gamer to travel with the finest system configurations available with relative ease. CM Storm Trooper includes features that are most coveted by gaming enthusiasts in that it has full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages. These features give CM Storm Trooper the ability to adapt to workstation or water-cooled gaming configurations easily.
Okay, its looks are not for everyone, you either love it or hate it!
I think it is an evolution of the "HAF 932" gaming case myself, and I kind of like it actually, especially the way they integrated the "handle" into the top of the case, very handy if you like to drag your case around from time to time. Also love the arrangement of the ports/connectors etc. on the top front of the case, looks very stylish and well laid out, at least imho.
The only thing I don't like is that they reduced the size of the side panel air vent holes from the HAF 932 design, meaning less air flow to graphics card from the fan on the side panel. The 932 had a huge 240mm case fan on the side panel to specifically help cool the video card(s) and processor, and this new case only has a 120mm fan where that 240mm fan used to be. However, they DID add in 3 x 120mm fans blowing directly on the hard drive cages!! ( they mention this: CM Storm Trooper contains two modular HDD cages which can hold 4HDDs and a120mm fan for cooling each. but if you look at the side pic of the case, there is only places for 3 x 120mm fans on the HDD cages,not 4 as they imply with their statement "hold 4 HDD's and a 120mm fan for cooling each"....just nitpicking here... oh wait, just noticed the fourth HDD fan is on the OTHER side of the case!! ( a lone 120mm case fan is on the right side of the case!! mystery solved ). So that probably makes up for the lost air flow right there by losing that huge 240mm side panel case fan by using multiple 120mm fans instead. 120mm fans are typically a bit noisier than slower rpm 240mm fan though, so want a review on this case to see how much noisier it is over the HAF 932 or 922 case!!
It even has a storage drawer hidden above the bottom panel too!! Nice touch!
CM Storm Trooper contains two modular HDD cages which can hold 4HDDs and a120mm fan for cooling each. These modular units can be rotated, front to back, side to side or removed altogether. CM Storm Trooper is the first chassis to allow fully modular hard drive configuration with no modification required. CM Storm Trooper can be equipped with multiple watercooling radiators.
Creatively mounting a vertical water-cooling radiator is possible with the removal of the hard drive cages and panels. CM Storm Trooper has nine expansion slots providing support for multi-GPUs in SLI or Crossfire, space for up to 14 hard drives, and a motherboard tray that supports up to XL-ATX. The Trooper is an ideal mobile arsenal to house and transport the most advanced system and cooling setups.
The front panel except for the very top of it (I think that might be the SSD hot-swap) looks good. The rest is ugly, as is natural for a laser-gun case, but still...Just one part of it looking good is progress I suppose.
Actually, does anyone else see the face on top? The SSD slot being the mouth, USB3.0 the eyes, USB2.0 the nostrils, eSATA and Mic/Headphone jacks being the eyebrows...No?
I was thinking of buying the HAF 932 when I did a full system upgrade next year, but now I am leaning towards this new StormTrooper case methinks. Gotta love the name... wonder if Lucas is getting paid royalties for the use of that name lol!!
I would also like to pay an artist to airbrush a pic of an actual stormtrooper on the side panel above the vent too, something like this:
( sorry for all the pix, got a bit carried away here! )