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Product : Stacker STC-T01
Company : Cooler Master
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Editor : Robin 'roki' Kim
Date : June 18th, 2004

Introduction

It wasn't all that long ago when I viewed Cooler Master as something of a wannabe: a company following closely on the design and features of the more popular companies such as Antec, KingWin, and Lian-Li but never really measuring up. Things have changed over the last couple of years though with products like the awesome award-winning WaveMaster case under their belt. Cooler Master has moved from a follower to a leader and is now widely associated with quality, innovation, and most notably, style.

Some might say the CM Stacker lacks that Cooler Master style, but I think the thing is positively drenched in it. The sleek, ultra-clean design is right up my alley. The brushed silver aluminium combined with the black front face plates and top panel is a nice contrast and really screams style. The metal mesh used throughout the case is not only functional but adds significantly to the style without being obtrusive. The metal mesh shroud securing the top 80mm exhaust fan is particularly well done. The design is a perfect balance between class and modern style, nothing is over the top or tacky like in so many other cases.
Front Left
Front Left
Front Right
Front Right
Rear
Rear
Chassis
Chassis
Equipped
Equipped
Front Mesh
Front Mesh
Top Exhaust
Top Exhaust

Along with the style and craftsmanship we've come to expect from Cooler Master, the introduction of the CM Stacker case has reinforced their reputation for innovation. The CM Stacker gets its name from the stack of 5" drive bays in the front of the case which allows for flexibility in drive and device placement no other case can match. The most innovative feature however has to be the ability to convert the case between ATX and the new upcoming BTX standard. With the Stacker you are pretty much set for the foreseeable future (more on converting the case later in this review).

Bundle
The first thing that got my attention were the lockable castors that Cooler Master included in the box. For a case that's meant to sit on a floor, castors are a must. Not only do they allow you to easily wheel the case around, they also lift it up a few inches from the dirt and dust that could be a potential problem for such a breathable case.

Installing the castors requires taking off the feet that are on the bottom of the case by factory default. They are the kind you find on most Home Theater equipments, but don't really match the rest of the case's silver/black colour scheme. If you absolutely need the case to stay put then these rubberized feet are the way to go, but for my particular situation the castors are easily the better alternative. I applaud Cooler Master for giving users this choice by bundling both sets in the box.

Bundle
Bundle
Castors
Castors
Feet
Feet
Also in the box are a couple of metal plate adapters for installing the two Power Supply Units along with a wiring setup that connects the power switch pins from your primary Power Supply to your secondary Power Supply. This is so that you can turn both of them on at the same time using a single switch.

Of course, you also get a ton of screws, all drive rails you'd need, a fairly decent user manual (for a case anyway) and a few other little odds and ends. Cooler Master has even sorted the screws into their own individual ziploc baggies.
Power Supply plates and BTX bracket
Power Supply plates and BTX bracket
Dual-Power Supply Connector
Dual-Power Supply Connector
Assorted and sorted screws
Assorted and sorted screws
More than enough drive rails
More than enough drive rails
I would really have liked to have seen a few extra things like 5" bay converters (which are practically free) and maybe even a couple of extra 80mm fans, but overall this is an above average bundle for a case like this.




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