Cooler Master Storm Trooper Review



Product: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
Company: Cooler Master
Author: Nicholas Conroy
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: June 18th, 2012

Introduction

Full tower ATX chassis have long been the territory of ultra-high performance and extreme overclocking enthusiasts. However, the price of these cases often pushes more budget minded gamers to opt for less expensive but still very capable mid-tower chassis. Recently this has begun to change and full tower chassis have become far more common as hardware becomes steadily more cramped inside the, now nearly 20 year old, ATX standard.

This brings us to the CM Storm Trooper, a full tower that appears to be aimed squarely at gamers in addition to the traditional power user. Before diving in and seeing for whom this case is best suited, let’s take a quick look at the highlights:

  • $189.99USD initial MSRP
  • Full-tower, bottom mounted PSU design
  • Black, all steel construction with plastic bezel
  • Weighs 13.7KG / 30.2 lbs.
  • Dimensions:
    • (W) 250 x (H) 605.6 x (D) 578.5 mm
    • (W) 9.8 x (H) 23.8 x (D) 22.8 inch
  • Supports Micro-ATX, ATX, and XL-ATX motherboards
  • 9+1 expansion slots
  • Up to 186mm / 7.3 inch CPU cooler height
  • Up to 322mm / 12.7 inch GPU length
  • Up to 9x 5.25” external drive bays
  • Up to 8x 3.5” internal drive bays + 1x external faceplate
  • Up to 13x 2.5” internal drive bays
    • 4x dedicated 2.5” internal bays
    • 8x converted from 5.25” bays
    • 1x external 2.5” hot-swap “X-Dock”
  • Front I/O panel:
    • 2x USB 3.0 with internal headers
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • 1x eSATA
    • Audio In and Out ports
    • Six speed digital fan controller with 4 fan headers
  • Cooling:
    • Front 2x 120mm LED fans (included, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA)
    • Top 1x 200mm fan (included, 1000 RPM, 23 dBA)
    • Rear 1x 140mm fan (included, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA)
    • Bottom 2x 120mm fans (optional)
    • Side 2x 120mm fans (optional)

On paper it sure sounds impressive! Let’s dig in and see what the Trooper really delivers ...