CM Storm Sniper

Introduction

Introduction

When it comes to computers, bigger isn't always better. However, when it comes to cooling, it almost always is. The bigger the fan, the slower it has to spin to move the same amount of air as a smaller fan, thus producing less noise. So, whilst big fans make your PC look like a monster, fortunately they don't make it sound like one.

Storm is currently a partner company to Cooler Master, with Cooler Master them assistance in establishing themselves. Therefore this case will be sold as the 'CM Storm Sniper'. Storm have spent a great deal of time researching with gamers to come up with the 'perfect case'. We also been informed, other models are in the works. The Sniper itself is aimed directly at gamers and air coolers. Featuring big grills and outrageously large fans, it should prove something of an air cooling treat, whilst also having the nifty feature of being waercooling-ready.

Here are the full specificaitions:

Available Color: Black
Material: Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel
Dimensions:
(D)566.6 x (W)254.6 X (H)551 mm (D)22.3 x (W)10 x (H)21.7 inch
Net Weight:
10.6 kg / 23.42 lb
M/B Type: Micro-ATX/ATX
5.25" Drive Bay: 5 Exposed (without the use of exposed 3.5 inch Drive Bay)
3.5" Drive Bay: 5 Hidden 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25 inch Drive Bay)
Cooling System:
Front: 200x30mm Blue LED Fan x 1 (500 - 1000rpm, 17 - 23 dBA)
Top: 200x30mm Blue LED Fan x 1 (500 - 1000rpm, 17 - 23 dBA)
(can be swapped for two 120mm fans or 120x240mm Radiator)
Rear: 120x25mm Standard Fan x 1 (1200rpm, 17 dBA)
(can be swapped for 90mm fan or 80mm fan)
Bottom: Supports 140mm Fan x 1 or 120mm Fan x 1 w/ Dust Filter (optional)
Side: Supports 200x30mm Fan x 1 (optional)
120x25mm Fan x 2 (optional)
Expansion Slots:
Standard x 7, Special x 1
I/O Panel: USB2.0 x 4; IEEE1394 x 1; eSATA x 1; Mic x 1; HD Audio+AC’97 x 1

What can we say? The cooling looks incredibly impressive. Not only are there two 200mm fans inside the case, there are also mounting holes present so you can remove one of those fans to fit in a dual radiator for watercooling. It's those little details that make all the difference, so without further ado, let's move onto the case itself.
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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2009, 09:53:39

Luigi
With Cooler Master taking storm under their wing, they have come up with something that looks very impressive on paper. We see how it relates to real world performance here.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...165758590s.jpg

14-02-2009, 10:30:35

zak4994
People with modular PSUs will have a nightmare. lol.

14-02-2009, 10:33:08

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
People with modular PSUs will have a nightmare. lol.
its the same if not worse for non-modular? apart from the one I tested with :S

14-02-2009, 10:34:44

zak4994
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
its the same if not worse for non-modular? apart from the one I tested with :S
Modular cables will be shorter so they will need to be in view while non-modular will have lots of spare cables but can easily be hidden around.

I looked at the wire filled image and saw a couple more ways of making it more neater.

14-02-2009, 10:37:53

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
Modular cables will be shorter so they will need to be in view while non-modular will have lots of spare cables but can easily be hidden around.

I looked at the wire filled image and saw a couple more ways of making it more neater.
Im sure you did, Ive seen a few myself, but if we spent hours doing cable management we'd never get reviews out :S

14-02-2009, 11:18:03

Socks
im not even going to look at any other cases until they come out with a pre powdercoated one with every cable braided. So far the Asaka Eclipse is the closest to being perfect...

14-02-2009, 11:19:33

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='sock58'
im not even going to look at any other cases until they come out with a pre powdercoated one with every cable braided. So far the Asaka Eclipse is the closest to being perfect...
Hmm, Take a look at the antec 900-2 (mentioned in review)?

14-02-2009, 11:23:49

Socks
Thats a dog of a case though...

btw, tom, post office monday morning, they WILL be open and i WILL be there. XD

16-02-2009, 14:11:56

Bungral
One lil thing I'd mention is when you say:

Up top we have CM Storm's revolutionary control panel. The big dial controls the speed of all the internal fans, and you push it in to activate/deactivate the LED's on the fans. To the right we have the usual array of ports; 4x USB, Firewire, Headphone + Mic, HDD and Power LED's.





You miss out mentioning the fact it has an esata port on the front panel which is 10 times more noteworthy than a firewire in my opinion

16-02-2009, 14:12:45

zak4994
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
One lil thing I'd mention is when you say:

You miss out mentioning the fact it has an esata port on the front panel which is 10 times more noteworthy than a firewire in my opinion
HDD stands for eSATA.

16-02-2009, 14:27:21

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
HDD stands for eSATA.
Stands for Hard Disk Drive...

Also when he says: HDD and Power LED's... I'm sure he means the LED's.

One last thing, the link on the first post is dead for me.. Don't know about anyone else though.

16-02-2009, 14:29:22

zak4994
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Stands for Hard Disk Drive...

Also when he says: HDD and Power LED's... I'm sure he means the LED's.

One last thing, the link on the first post is dead for me.. Don't know about anyone else though.
I know HDD stans for Hard Disk Drive but I meant when he mentioned HDD in the review he meant eSATA.

lol

16-02-2009, 15:40:02

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'

You miss out mentioning the fact it has an esata port on the front panel which is 10 times more noteworthy than a firewire in my opinion
Thanks for that ammended

16-02-2009, 16:12:58

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
Thanks for that ammended
No problemo. Other than that a good read and review mate. Enjoyed it.

25-02-2009, 03:35:37

n3xT
Nice case but I prefer my HAF
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