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Cooler Master Storm Trooper Computer Case
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
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March 01, 2012

Their name clearly states their proficiency at creating cooling products, but Cooler Master is well respected for far more when it comes to computer components. I guess it all depends on who you talk to, but I'd say their cooling products might actually take a back seat to their innovative and feature packed computer cases. We've looked at a great number of their cases over the years, and they continue to stay on the leading edge when it comes to aesthetics, ergonomics, and the latest features enthusiasts want.

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This review is going to take a look at their Storm Trooper computer case, shown in the promotional image above. Cooler Master has always made products to appeal to computer gamers, but their Storm division was launched in 2008 as a dedicated effort to focus on gear for serious gamers. The Storm division name, coupled with the Trooper model name, may make people think this is a Star Wars themed case, but you'll find no resemblance to the Imperial soldiers in white battle armor here.

Before taking a closer look at the sample provided for review, lets take a look at some published information on the case as taken from the official product page on the Cooler Master Storm website.

Features:

The first full tower chassis with two 90 degree rotatable 4-in-3 HDD modules
The first with an easy-to-carry handle, and hidden tool box for storing private goods
Removable dust filters on bottom and top intakes
A built in fan controller for cool and quiet operation
Supports up to 14 hard-drives for future upgrades
Convenient external 2.5" HDD/SSD X-dock
Supports high-end hardware, XL-ATX Mainboards and Quad SLI/CF with dual slot VGAs

Specifications:

Model Number: SGC-5000-KKN1
Available Color: All Black
Material: Steel body, Front Mesh / Plastic bezel
Dimensions: (W) 250 x (H) 605.6 x (D) 578.5 mm / (W) 9.8 x (H) 23.8 x (D) 22.8 inch
Net Weight: 13.7 KG / 30.2 lbs
M/B Type: Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay: 9
3.5" Drive Bay: 8 (converted from 5.25" bay by two 4-in 3 HDD modules)
2.5" Drive Bay: 13 (converted from 5.25" bay by two 4-in 3 HDD modules)
Cooling System:
    Front: 120 mm LED fan x2 (1200 RPM, 17dBA)
    Top: 200 mm fan x 1 (1000 RPM, 23 dBA)
    Rear: 140 mm fan x1 (1200 RPM, 19 dBA) (converted to 120 mm fan)
    Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
    Side: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Expansion Slots: 9+1
I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, e-SATA x 1, Audio In and Out ( Supports HD audio)
Power Supply Type: Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V
Maximum CompatibilityCPU cooler height: 186 mm / 7.3 in
GPU card length: 322 mm / 12.7 in

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