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Cooler Master Storm Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Full Tower Case Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 4, 2011 2:31 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Inside the Cooler Master Storm Trooper Full Tower Case Continued




Removing all nine of the 5.25" covers from the bezel you can see two separate plates with thumbscrews in the bottom of each. Removing these screws and the pair on the opposing side will allow for the hard drive cages to be able to slide in and out of the chassis. These screws are what lock them in place.




Sliding the cage out I found it is wired with two plugs. The wire up top is the 3-pin connection to power the fan; the lower connection is to power the red LEDs in these two fans. Be sure to pull them out slow as not to rip the wiring out of anything when you remove them.




I jumped a head a bit, and will show these panels later, but I wanted to get right to the fact that they are completely removable. If you don't like the left to right orientation, as shipped, of the hard drive racks, they can be repositioned to also go front to back.




Cooler Master says that once this is all removed there is 482mm of room here. Just to put it into perspective, I grabbed a spare triple 120mm radiator, and with some creative mounting, you can easily fit this, maybe even a quad radiator if you feel like cramming the most possible in this space.




Behind the motherboard tray there is plenty of room for all the wiring you will need to run here without a bump in the door panel that covers this area. My mind is already racing with ideas of how I am going to handle the amount of wiring, but there are plenty of places offered to try out.




Breaking up the mass of wires, I grabbed the e-SATA, USB 2.0 connection, internal USB 3.0 connection, and the AC'97 / HD Audio connections to cover in this image.




This group of wiring is all connected to the fan and lighting controllers in the Front I/O, the brown and black wire to the left is to power the 200mm and 140mm rear fans. In the middle the grey and black wires are the 3-pin fan connections for the hard drive bay fans, and there are three power connections for LED control. Giving a steady supply of power to the I/O panel is done via the 4-pin Molex connector to the right.




That just leaves us with these three wires to complete the bundle. To connect to the motherboard for switches and lighting, there is the power, reset, and HDD activity connections. Notice all of the wiring is basically black and will keep the finished product clean and nice to look at.

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