CM Storm Sniper

Packaging & Up-Close

Packaging & Up-Close

Although packaging may not seem an obvious one when reviewing a case, due to their large size, packaging plays an important role in getting the case to your door in one piece.

CoolerMaster Sniper packaging CoolerMaster Sniper Packaging

As you can see, the front of the box has an image of the case, which is in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle. Round the back there is a CGI man with a sniper rifle, along with a list of case features. It has four images, which show the key selling points of the case and a cooling diagram. The whole box is coloured in a dark blue/black night effect gradient.
 
 CoolerMaster Sniper Packaging CoolerMaster Sniper Whole case

The case came wedged between two pieces of foam, holding it nice and secure within the box. Around the case is a thick plastic bag, which will help to prevent scratches. Once out of the bag, you can see the case in all its glory. It's fairly symmetrical, with a large grill up top for expelling hot air and the side is almost entirely grilling.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Front CoolerMaster Sniper Control Panel

The front of the casing is also dominated by massive grills; you get the impression that airflow probably won't be a problem with this case. At the bottom, the big grill is for the mammoth 200mm fan, which should certainly keep things circulating inside.

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, E-Sata, Headphone + Mic, HDD and Power LED's.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Side CoolerMaster Sniper Back

Surprsingly, the rear side of the case doesn't feature any grills, but is sculptured in the same way as the front side of the case. The side panel is thick steel and has a solid, weighty feel to it. Round the back, the case follows a fairly standard layout. The PSU is mounted at the bottom, while there are two tubing holes up top for watercooling and a 120mm fan mount. Unusually, there is an eighth expansion slot cover. We can only assume this is so that you don't waste precious motherboard slots when using back panel USB etc.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Case Feet

The case has 4 fairly large feet, each coated in thick rubber. This gives the case excellent stability and grip on the surface it is put upon. Like many others, they also twist around so you can get optimise them for your desk setup.
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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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