CM Storm Sniper

Internals & Installation

Internals

Obviously external appearances are only a small part of the decision when it comes to buying a case. The internals are where it all happens, and you want to make sure your new powerhouse has a nice place to live.

CoolerMaster Sniper Internals


The internals are well laid out, with the hard disks mounted sideways just behind the big 200mm fan and the PSU at the bottom. We don't normally commend sideways mounted hard drives as they tend to block off airflow from entering the rest of the case, but with the size of the front mounted fan we have a feeling that may not be a problem.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Hard disk caddy CoolerMaster Sniper Hard drive mounted

The hard drive holders are incredibly easy to remove. They are incredibly light and bend rather easily; treading on one of these will almost certainly break it, so be careful. You have to bend the caddy open and pop your disk in. Once it's in, it's held fairly securely, and then you just slide it back in the case and lock it in place.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Bottom CoolerMaster Sniper Large fan

At the bottom of the case, we have room for another 120mm fan to be mounted. All the clips are already there, so you just need to push the fan into place. Unfortunately, this doesn't leave loads of room for long PSU's, so if you have anything much larger than standard, you will have to sacrifice this mount. Up the top we have the 200mm fan. It uses blue LED's and is an absolute whopper. Behind it you can see the mounts for a dual radiator should you want to mount one.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Bundle


Inside the case was a small box, which included the following goodies: two metal plates for adapting a 5.25" bay to 3.5", 4 rubber feet (for even more silencing), two rubber push outs for the back of the case (for tubing), a few cable ties, a packet of screws and the manual.

 
Installation

Installation was fairly straightforward, with the case accepting our hardware nicely. It didn't take us long to get our PC in there and fired up ready for testing.

 
CoolerMaster Sniper Installed

As you can see, we didn't manage to make a terribly neat rig. This was down to two things: The gap to route cables behind the motherboard tray is far too wide, making wires clearly visible, and our PSU doesn't have cables long enough to route behind the motherboard and still reach their desired slots. In essence, hole placing around the motherboard for cable routing is a bit poor. Apart from that, installation was a doddle, and installing the hard drives was especially easy.
 
CoolerMaster Sniper Lighting CoolerMaster Sniper Lighting

Here we have lights on (left) and lights off (right). The dial to control fan speed can be pushed in to toggle the LED's on the two 200mm fans on or off. As you can see, it doesn't have a massive effect on overall system lighting, but this is partially due to all the LED's on the rest of our components lighting the case to a reasonable degree anyway.
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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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