CM Storm Sniper Black Edition

Instalation & Testing

Multi graphics systems are far more common nowadays, and place more strain on a cases cooling system. This is why we now test all of our case's in for review with a Cross Fire 4870 1GB set up and a q6600. Its good marker point both for price and the heat that the system creates.
Test set up

Intel Core2Duo Q6600
Nexus HOC-9000
Asus Rampage Extreme
4GB Corsair XMS3 PC3-12800 Ram @ 9-9-9-24 1.9v
2x HIS 4870 1GB IceQ 4+
Corsair HX1000w
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Externals     Externals
The Sniper is large enough to follow our test system with ease, the surprising thing is how messy it all seems inside. There is not only wires for the fans, but also separate wires to control the LED's. This is a great feature but it makes concealing the wires very difficult. The wires really annoy me actually, it would be nice if Cooler Master had actually made a better attempt at routing them so they are better concealed. The wires as they are do not really allow for creative routing, hence the reason why they are very much on show.
Instalation     Instalation
Idle temperatures were taken after thirty minutes of booting up, and load temperatures after thirty minutes of torture tests using Prime95 to max out the 4 cores. Ambient temperature during testing was 22c controlled by an air conditioner. The Sniper was tested against a HAF922 for comparison.
• Everest Ultimate was used to monitor temperatures
• Prime95 - CPU & Ram testing
• HD Tach - To Simulate Random Reads on the hdd
• ATI Tool - GPU testing
There were no big surprises with the idle testing, the 922 and the Sniper could be seen as being chassis brothers as they are very similar, the results prove this.
The load tests are again very similar, the Sniper just that smidgen cooler on the GPUs and CPU. I can only imagine this is due to the mesh side panel allowing better movement. 
When I installed the side panel fan it took a further 2c off of the GPUs, I actually think that if the cards were not exhausting their hot air outwards that the side panel fan would have made an even bigger difference. 
Testing over with, no great surprises so lets move on to the conclusion & review videos. 
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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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