CM Storm Sniper

Test Setup and Results

Test Setup

For testing we went for a fairly high-end system, one that most gamers would consider adequate. Here is the full spec:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3.0GHz 1.35v,
Cooler Master Z600 CPU cooler,
4GB Crucial Ballistix @ 667MHz 1:1,
ATI Radeon HD4830,
Dual Raptor X RAID 0,
250GB Seagate Media Drive,
730w Hiper Type-R PSU,
LG DVD-RW Drive.

As you can see, we applied a fairly large overclock on the Q6600. The Z600 cooler had just one fan mounted on it, which was a quiet, low CFM model, so that the case was left to do most of the cooling legwork. Apart from that, all other component cooling was left at stock.

Testing


We tested with the fans set to the minimum and maximum that the onboard controller would let us use. For the idle tests, we booted into Windows and left it to idle for 20 minutes, before recording the temperature values from Everest. We then ran four instances of Prime95 to load up the CPU and an artifact scan on ATI Tool to stress the GPU. Each test was performed under Low and High speed fan environments, giving an indication as to how well the extra fan speed affects cooling. An average of all four cores was used, as this is more accurate than the 'CPU' temperature that Everest lists.






Results analysis


As you can see, the Sniper performed extremely well in all tests, keeping our test system well within its thermal limits. Interestingly, the extra fan speed didn't have a massive effect on temperatures, lowering them by a degree or two at most. The only exception to this rule is our motherboard's northbridge, which benefited massively from the extra airflow, but the X38 is a particularly hot northbridge. We'd therefore recommend that most users have the fans set to low, as they did become quite audible once running at full pelt.
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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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