In today's installment of what case does Chad have now, we are going back to Cooler Master. I had seen these cases back in January at CES, but until now the design wasn't perfected for retail. It takes on quite a few of the styling cues from the Trooper chassis we reviewed back in October of last year, but with enough new things added to the latest design to make this latest release a product I think can stand on its own, even against its aging brother.
All of the things that made the Trooper a huge success were shifted right on over to this new chassis. Things that include native USB 3.0, the hideaway parts caddy, the SSD dock, the large handle at the top, even the fan controller and control panel are very familiar. Getting right down to brass tacks, the only things separating the Trooper for the chassis we are going to be peering at today comes down to two things.
The side panels have been changed and redesigned for starters. The second and most important in a buyers mind is the color. Where the Trooper was shipped to me in all black attire, this latest submission is a great mix of a little bit of black here and there accenting the all white paint scheme. As we all know by now, white is the new black.
The chassis we are going to examine today is the Cooler Mater Storm Stryker. As I say this isn't a total refresh, more of an accompaniment into battle. You don't just run into battle infantry, do you? Of course not, you need tanks and artillery to help get the job done.
Where the Trooper was the first wave of attack on this design, consider the Storm Stryker to be the reinforcements running through the field that the Trooper has cleared looking for more people to succumb to the design and features that these cases bring to the battle of chassis domination.