CM Storm Sniper Black Edition


This is where the biggest change is with the Black edition, as the internals are powder coated black to match the externals. One less thing to have to spend out on can never be a bad thing, it also give the case a quality high end feel. The fact that all the plastics inside are also black to match just helps everything blend in but also makes the mass of cables for the fan controller stand out as well.
Internals     Looking at the PCI brackets
Although its the same as the old case its worth reminding you that the 'plastic body kit' on this case does serve a purpose, it adds extra height to allow the power supply and optional 120mm or 140mm breathe. Many case's on the market have similar features but unlike the Sniper their fans have very restricted airflow.
PSU Vents     PSU Vents
CM Storm do state that the case is water cooling ready, and for all intents purposes it is, you just remove the top 200mm fan and you can fit either 2 120mm fans and also a 240mm radiator. The problem is that the fan spacings are 20mm and as far as I'm aware only Cooler Master make radiators with 20mm fan spacings, slightly restricting any radiator choices.
Roof Fan     Rear View
It may seem like a small easy detail, but it is one that so many manufacturers miss out on, powder coating the rear of the doors. Id have expected nothing else on the Black edition but its worth noting all the same. The 200mm side fan is a very welcome addition, components are getting hotter rather than cooler recently and this means that cases manufacturers needed to up their game. We will see later in testing how much difference this makes to the Sniper.
Side Panel & Fan
Move over the page for installation and testing.
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Most Recent Comments

14-10-2009, 21:42:30

After the success of the original Sniper we couldnt wait to get our hands on the Black Edition.

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15-10-2009, 02:41:51

Very nice looking case. Although it does make me wonder why CM wont make a Black ATCS.

Good review too Tom. Would you still say the ATCS has the crown? (I've yet to watch the video review).Quote

15-10-2009, 02:44:25

Great review mate, always a nice touch to see a video of the cases in the flesh, always give a better showing of the cases size than the static pictures.Quote

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