CM Storm Sniper PC Case Review

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The CM Storm Sniper chassis offers the best air circulation and a lot of well-thought-out features which makes PC gamers life easier. Cooler Master introduced a new name with CM Storm, which is build in co-operation with the gaming community and is particularly interesting for gamers. Can the CM Storm Sniper PC case make the grade of the high gaming requirements? Yes, it can! Because the Sniper PC easily won the since 1999 well-known Redaktion ocinside.de Overclocking Dream Award.

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The CM STORM SNIPER SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Ultra Midi Tower Black without PSU has a current price of approx. 150 euros (02/2009) and is inexpensive available at our sponsors.

The packaging of the CM Storm Sniper chassis …

In this cardboard box the Cooler Master Sniper case is delivered.

A first look at the CM Sniper PC case …

And here is already a first look at the SNIPER chassis of CM Storm.

That is contained in the CM Storm Tactics Sniper PC case scope of delivery …

This accessories cardboard was inside of the case.

The accessory box contains spacers and screws for the motherboard assembly, screws for the power supply assembly, as well as several long screws for a 200x30mm fan and a 120x25mm fan. In the accessories is also contained a 3.5″ floppy bays and adhesive rubber feet, if one don’t like to use those large tiltable feet which are already mounted. Replacement O-rings for the assembly of a water cooler and a cable strap are also contained.

Furthermore a well illustrated manual is contained in English and Chinese language. Almost all things are shown with a small picture, so it’s also easy to understand the 16 pages without English knowledge.

The technical data of the CM Storm Sniper Case …

Cooler Master CM Storm Sniper Review

Structure, Design and other features – the case exterior …

The CM Storm Sniper enclosure features are really extensive and for this reason the design & feature pages are now one page longer than in the previous case reviews.

Now there is thus one page more, separated in exterior and interior. Let us begin with the exterior design and features. The front panel of the metal chassis is decorated with a plastic screen, where the mesh bezels for the drive assemblies and the lower fan are mounted.

The large I/O panel with integrated fan controller at the case top is surely an eyecatcher of this gaming case. There are several connectors integrated to get an easy and fast access to some USB, IEEE, eSATA ports and the headset connectors. The complete operating elements are thus exemplary central and offers also a reset button and two LEDs for HDD and power, which cannot be taken for granted nowadays.

However, the pushbutton switch for the fan lighting of the test sample did not function reliably, it would have been nice to see a higher quality solution. The switch is integrated in the potentiometer button for the fan speed adjustment and does not snap 100 percent. It is hopefully only one individual case, because the push button switch is a nice feature to get fast access to the lighting and higher number of revolutions e.g. on a LAN party.

In the lower range of the chassis front, there’s an enormous 200mm exhaust behind the perforated plate, to get cold air reliably into the enclosure.

One side panel of the CM Sniper chassis provide a large perforated plate (mesh) and small struts for additional fans, whereby both side parts are fastened with knurled thumb screws for the fast assembly. In order to get a small protection from theft on LAN partys, there’s an eye on the lower edge, which can be provided with a lock.

The opposite side panel offers fast access to the cables, but in addition later more.

A look to the back of the chassis shows a somewhat unusual bottom position of the power supply, contrary to the usual ATX standard where the PSU is installed at the top. Thus it was easy for Cooler Master and/or CM Storm to attach the large 120mm exhaust very close to the top, where it can transport the heat much better out of the chassis. But that’s not all, because like e.g. Gigabyte housings it has drillings to get water cooling tubes very easy out of the chassis. And also the slot brackets are perforated to improve the air ventilation.

And there’s still more to see from the outside, because these Cooler Master fans are equipped with several blue light emitting diodes to give this gaming case a personal touch.

Here’s a picture of the upper 200mm fan.

And here you can marvel at the blue lit up front panel.

Layout, Design and Features – The CM Storm Sniper Case Interior …

Cooler Master CM Storm Sniper Review