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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

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The Trooper's operators manual is exactly that. I am glad it is shipped outside of the case so you can give it a good once over before attacking the chassis right away. This manual explains every option, included piece, and all the hidden features with good renderings and basic descriptions of what is being shown.




Opening the box that was tied into the optical bays, I found that this is where they chose to ship the trays for the hard drive cages. On the sides of each tray are pins to lock in a 3.5" drive or using the holes you can see in the middle, you can also mount 2.5" drives in all the trays.




Everything you see here aside from the floppy drive adapter cover is found in the hide-away tray at the top. There is the pair of brackets for converting a 5.25" bay to a 3.5" bay for using said floppy drive. There are ten wire ties, a motherboard speaker, and an 8-pin EPS extension cable sent inside the tray.




Along with what we just saw, this hardware is all sent in one large bag shipped inside that tray. There are long screws for adding additional fan to the hard drive assemblies, a panel lock and screw, a socket for the brass risers, and a large assortment of thumbscrews, hex head screws, long Phillips screws, and shorter Phillips screws for drive installation.




Here is all of the components for the hard drive assemblies. Not only do the cages come out by removing the four longer screws to the right, the panels that align them are also removable. This is how the orientation can be changed, or completely removed to make room for the radiator I set in there. Once out, the side panels could be confusing. To sort this out, Cooler Master places arrows and instructions on each panel so they get installed correctly.




To keep metal to metal contact from vibrating from the spin of the hard drives, Cooler master backs each plate with four rubber inserts that make the contact between these and the case rails.




Another great feature of that hidden tray is when I got the case all assembled, I am able to hide all of my hardware here so I can easily remember where I left it. I did try to store the 5.25" drive bay cover I removed for the DVD drive, but they are simply too big to store in here. Another idea is this is a good place to hide anything you don't want others to find easily.

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