CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced Review

Conclusion

Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Advanced Gun Metal Case Review

 

Conclusion 

When reviewing, one of the first things we look at, or rather get a feel for is the quality of a product.  There are certain manufacturers who stand that little bit taller than the others in this field and Cooler Master is one of them.  From the top of their range, right down to the very bottom there is an inherent feeling of pride of workmanship.  OK, so pride of workmanship is perhaps over romanticising an item that is mass produced in a factory, but then "Pride of adherence to Quality standards" doesn't have quite the same ring to it does it.

The aesthetics of the case have an unquestionable lean towards the balls out gamer who has a desire to cart both his arse and his beloved (no not the GF) off to a mates house or a full blown LAN party.  The large and reassuringly secure rubber coated carry handle at the top of the case of course makes this all the more easier and a darn sight safer than risking it slip from your grasp.  What it doesn't do however is make it any lighter.  With the case weighing in at 8.3 kg you can expect to add at least another 4kg once you've filled with kit.  which ever way you look at it, you're going to arrive safe, but with one arm significantly longer than the other.

With the addition of 2x120mm red LED fans included in the front of the Advanced edition CM have mitigated any lacking in cooling ability that may have previously been levelled at the Scout 2.  Should you wish to add more then there's certainly scope to do so with the Advanced edition able to provide accommodation for no less than 9 fans in total.  What you're not going to be doing is fitting water cooling in here, other than single AIO 120mm rads in the rear extract position.  It's fair to say that the single 120mm rad/fan combo in the rear extract position isn't exactly our favourite cooling solution here at OC3D towers, but given the reduction in stresses and strains the comparatively lightweight contact plate paces on the CPU area of the motherboard when compared to a conventional tower cooler there is perhaps something to be said for this option given that the case and therefor its internals are going to be subjected to forces that could potentially cause a heavy tower cooler to damage to the motherboard.

Building into the Scout is easy enough, with 30mm of space behind the motherboard and plenty of well distributed cable tie points to work with.  A small criticism though is the placement of the vertical motherboard edge cable management holes.  We'd rather of had 3 smaller holes or the two that are provided being better distributed.  this is however but a niggle.

Hardware wise with the Scout 2 Advanced you're going to be able to cram in GPUs up to 287mm in length.  If you're willing and able to sacrifice 4 of the 7 HDD bays then whip out part of the rack and you can happily wedge in GPUs up to 399mm.  Even though you're not going to be able to plant a monster air cooler atop that hot CPU you're still going to be able to paste in place anything up to  162mm in height, which if you look back at our air cooler charts, both present and past, should provide you with plenty of high performance air cooler delight, and as we mentioned above, if it's likely that you're going to be lugging, then there's always the AIO solution.

Even if the Scout 2 is destined never to be toted across a rainy car park somewhere on the outskirts of Telford it still makes for a pretty decent desk top case in its own right.  Ample cooling, good looks, high quality and decent feature count mean this is a case to be reckoned with.

So what of the competition, well there are plenty of cases in the £80 region, but few if any that offer the portability that the Scout 2 advanced offers.  In fact if you really want portability and have to have Mid tower and ATX then the only other real contenders are the other Scout models and the much larger Trooper line of cases.

Following on from the progenitor of the line, and the more recent Scout 2, the CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced has a hard act to follow.  However, with the revisions that have been made to the styling, functionality and not to mention the rather attractive Gun Metal finish Cooler Master are likely to have another winner on their hands.

 

                   

Thanks to CM Storm for the Scout 2 on review here today, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

07-05-2013, 05:43:46

tinytomlogan
The Advanced edition of the CM Storm Scout 2 brings improved cooling and a bang up to date Gun Metal finish.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...153637107l.jpg


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07-05-2013, 08:41:27

F-alienware
Thanks for the review Gary

Nice case.

07-05-2013, 09:29:58

alpenwasser
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Thanks for the review Gary

Nice case.
Finally someone got that right on the first try.
I was already waiting for somebody to compliment Tom on his review when I saw the author
on the article.

And yes, it's quite a good read Gary, nicely done

07-05-2013, 14:32:10

G-Dubs
Glad you liked it guys, we tries hard, And I will always take being confused with Tom as a compliment

07-05-2013, 20:27:00

GreenBarb
The one thing that would have clinched it for me would have been if you could have fitted even a H-100 and fans in the top. But for me Lan Parties is about portability, and M-ATX over the size of ATX is the better option. Now that you have the Socket 2011 and 1155 M-ATX boards out there with Sli and Crossfire.

08-05-2013, 14:15:13

FTLN
Nice review mate, any reason why you cropped the images of the final build ? do you have any full on shots ?

09-05-2013, 15:47:45

G-Dubs
The Pictures aren't cropped, they're zoomed in on the relevant areas that are noted and discussed in the text.

17-05-2013, 12:40:03

AverageNinja
I think I've fallen madly in love with this one.
Is €77.99 (65.88) a good deal for the gunmetal one? And will mATX look really bad in there? I think ATX looks a bit tight in there.

17-05-2013, 12:43:58

Feronix
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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
I think I've fallen madly in love with this one.
Is €77.99 (65.88) a good deal for the gunmetal one? And will mATX look really bad in there? I think ATX looks a bit tight in there.
I think an m-ATX board never looks good in an ATX case (unless it's filled up with other stuff, like watercooling) but since the window is only on the CPU socket area, and ends about where your board would end as well, you might just get away with that...

17-05-2013, 12:50:42

AverageNinja
Just found an image of a mATX board in the scout 2, doesn't look too roomy me thinks.
http://i.imgur.com/0TJbsIQ.jpg
Though ATX looks a bit better IMO

17-05-2013, 12:54:56

Feronix
^That's not a Scout 2 though, look at the HDD cage and the rubber grommets (Oh wait, they aren't there )

But the window only shows the top bit anyway, so you won't really see the difference when the side panel is on.

17-05-2013, 13:24:05

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
I think I've fallen madly in love with this one.
Is 77.99 (65.88) a good deal for the gunmetal one? And will mATX look really bad in there? I think ATX looks a bit tight in there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I think an m-ATX board never looks good in an ATX case (unless it's filled up with other stuff, like watercooling) but since the window is only on the CPU socket area, and ends about where your board would end as well, you might just get away with that...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
^That's not a Scout 2 though, look at the HDD cage and the rubber grommets (Oh wait, they aren't there )

But the window only shows the top bit anyway, so you won't really see the difference when the side panel is on.
m-ATX won't look correctly proportioned in there. However, as commented above, as the window in the case is placed quite high I don't think you'll see the bottom of your board unless you look down on it from above.

If you've already got an m-ATX board then it's fair enough to use it, If you can stretch to a new one or have to buy one anyway you're best going for ATX.

17-05-2013, 13:26:13

AverageNinja
Alright then! Thanks!
I'm building from scratch, so ATX it is!

17-05-2013, 16:57:31

G-Dubs
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Alright then! Thanks!
I'm building from scratch, so ATX it is!

You know it makes sense.

Any mods or straight build?

21-05-2013, 01:34:15

AverageNinja
Straight build
I did have some mods in mind, but my parents were like: "NO! YOU'LL VOID WARRANTY!". :/
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