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Cooler Master Storm Enforcer Mid Tower Chassis Review - Final Thoughts

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

Final Thoughts

 

I sit here and think over what we just saw and the experience I had with the Enforcer, and to be honest, I am completely satisfied with what this chassis offers. As we just saw with the IN WIN, loads of cases are in this segment, and everyone has their eye out to bring you over to their camp. The unique exterior is one of those love it or leave it designs. Personally I like the lines of the front, how they carried the lines around into the door, leaving room for a cool looking, but oddly shaped window. It reminds me a lot of my time with using the HAF 922, but with some pretty cool upgrades both inside and out.

While the usual case may offer drive trays versus the slides included with the Enforcer, I can see where the plan was more directed to those who want to create their own finished product. The attention to small details like good locations for wire management holes, and offering tabs virtually everywhere to tie wires to really made time installing and using the chassis pleasurable. As it sits, the two fan setup the Enforcer ships will be sufficient to not allow your components to stew in their own juices, but I do recommend some sort of additional cooling in the roof, if the budget allows for it. Taking that one step further, they should be LED fans so you can get a better view of your components inside the chassis while it's sitting on your desk.

 

Elements that are included like the removable hard drive rack, the cute 2.5" drive rack, the +1 expansion slot and the USB 3.0 connectivity are great and much appreciated. The one and only issue I see with the Enforcer is the type of connection. While they are stepping ahead of the game and offering early adopters of new tech a cleaner way to internally adapt for USB 3.0 connectivity, for those who don't have a motherboard connection for USB 3.0, they don't have the option to run the wire out and to a USB port in the rear I/O. Either way, with old tech, or even last year's tech, this case renders two of the USB ports worthless without some sort of adapter. I know we all want change, but I have to look out for everyone and hopefully Cooler Master will offer a solution for this soon.

 

Considering everything I just saw and discussed, I'm still personally sold on this chassis. I like to be able to add a bit if my own "flavor" to case builds, and I'm always a fan of new designs and tricks that can be shoved into a chassis. What impresses me the most is that even though there is the snafu with the USB 3.0 and a lack of every fan hole filled, this is a great looking chassis with what seems like almost every stone turned in the design of the Enforcer! With the budget friendly pricing, currently listing at Newegg.com for $89.99 and the additional $14.99, it puts this chassis in direct competition with the IN WIN BUC, and to be blunt, my money would go to Cooler Master.

 

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