Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The SGC-5000W-KWN1 or Stryker as I will call it is a full tower chassis made mostly of steel with plastic on the front and top of the chassis giving the Stryker most of its design and shape. Down the front of the chassis there is a band of white plastic on both sides of the bezel, while the majority of it is taken up with nine 5.25" bay covers, all of which are removable from the outside of the chassis and the front ends at the bottom with a panel housing the CM Storm name and logo.
The top of the chassis is quite a bit taller than the steel body of the chassis as it offers the clean looking front I/O panel and a large handle right behind it to lug this chassis around. Near the back there are louvers and mesh that will allow the fan under it to blow through the top of the Stryker. On the left you get a large bump-out in the panel that offers not only a large window to look at your hardware, but it also offers a black mesh area to allow the HDD bays to breathe properly. The right side of the chassis features a similar bump-out, but only offers the black mesh ventilation at the HDD bays to allow the exhaust of air through it.
On the inside the chassis it offers three 5.25" bays at the top followed by six 3.5" drive bays found in two, three drive, hard drive cages. These two cages are removable, but are installed from the factory blowing from left to right with the fans attached to each of the HDD racks. Not only can you pull them out and store them if not needed, if you don't like the orientation that can be changed as well. In the main area of the chassis you get a motherboard tray with a huge CPU cooler access hole, six various sized wire management holes and 20 places to tie up the wiring. Above the tray in the top of the Stryker CM has placed a 200mm white fan to get the heat out of the top of the chassis. There is also a fan in the rear of the chassis above the 9+1 expansion slot configuration, but since the HDD cages blow side to side, cooler air is drawn from the bottom and through the floor in this design. One last thing I almost forgot about. There is also a removable 2.5" drive rack on the floor that can house three additional drives.
Since the release and I do believe I have had this chassis for around three weeks now as I caught up with other samples first, it is odd for a CM product to not be selling virtually everywhere. As I went to search for the pricing via Google, I found that as of this moment there is only four places listed currently carrying stock of the Stryker. The cheapest deal was found at Newegg for $159.99. With shipping included, to me at least, the Stryker will set you back $184.95. With shipping added, the price does jump quite a bit, but that is because this case is large and heavy and both are things which kill you on shipping.
All things considered and knowing already what the Stryker is all about, I will say the pricing shouldn't be a stopping point if its style and design suit you. You will be very happy with everything the CM Storm Stryker has to offer, let me tell you about it more right now.