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Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

A new addition to the Storm series reaches our lab from Cooler Master. Let's see if the Enforcer is up to the Storm series name.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 11, 2011 2:50 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%      Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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Externally this is one of the coolest designs I have seen in the Storm Series - more original than the others with the sectioned door panel that is rounded both top to bottom as well as side to side. The lower half has large sections cut from the plastic bezel, backed with mesh that allow for the red LED fan to show through. With the I/O in easy access, angled forty-five degrees to the top and front makes them easy to use in any position. On the top you will find a tray and a large area that reminds me of my HAF 922 behind it. The left door panel also takes on a new look I haven't seen from CM yet. It has pressed in designs that almost look like gill slits or louvers on an old car hood. Along with the punched steel design, the window in this chassis takes an unusual shape to fit in with the design.

Internally you will find room for four 5.25" devices, and if you have a floppy drive, one bay converts to a 3.5" bay for that instance. Below the optical drives you will find a hard drive rack that is built in a 4+2 configuration. The top four come in a rack that can rotate and remove all together, while the bottom two drive bays are mounted to the floor. If you want to install 2.5" drives, there is a tray on the floor next to the hard drive rack, as well as converting the 3.5" bays. With a trio of water cooling holes and a 7+1 expansion card layout, the only thing left is the motherboard tray. Wire management and little tabs punched out all over the tray give you a ton of options for routing and tidying the wires.

 

Cooling is handled with a red LED 200mm fan in the front of the chassis dumping air past the hard drives, or not if you remove them, and starts the cooling of air into the chassis. It then gets drawn through the roof of the chassis via convection and out the back via a 120mm fan. If you plan to water cool, there is room for a dual 120mm radiator in the roof of the chassis with the holes already in place, and of course you can even hang an all-in-one water cooler from Antec, CoolIt, Corsair, etc. Actually, I'm surprised Cooler Master isn't in that market yet!

 

The Enforcer is new to the game and was just recently released to the market. Even with this in mind, I was able to track down about seven e-tailers that carry the Enforcer currently, aside from various e-Bay listings. Pricing across the board is within $13 no matter where you seem to locate it, so look at the shipping charges to find yourself the best deal. Right in the middle of the crowd was of course Newegg.com with an $89.99 pricing. With shipping it comes to right around $105 dollars in my market. Looking to pretty much put this right up against the IN WIN I just looked at with a very similar price, I hope to show you that the Enforcer could sway that decision.

 

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