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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

Final Thoughts


From every angle, every view, Cooler Master has something interesting to offer with the Storm Trooper full tower chassis. No matter how much I wrote as we went through the images, it seemed I was always cutting myself short in the explanations or full potential of everything I showed you. As the chassis is shipped, it is already a very feature rich chassis that covers any need currently being offered in today's cases. Externally, it has a rubber coating, a seriously beefy handle, fan and lighting controls, ventilation everywhere with dust filtration and aggressive styling that makes the Trooper a pleasing chassis to use and show to your competition at LAN events. Internally, wow, there is just so much going on while still looking almost ordinary as it is shipped; the options are only limited by your imagination. Seriously!


Once you have your layout of the drives established and the rest of the components installed, we can move on to the cooling in the Trooper. I left the fans in the front blowing side to side, even though I feel a front to back configuration functions better with only one drive, but the finished product isn't as clean. By this I mean you either need to reverse the wiring and get it out of the cage somehow, otherwise the SATA cables and power plugs will be seen inside of the main motherboard compartment. Essentially, this left the pair of red LED fans to cool just my single drive. The 200mm fan at the top and the 140mm in the rear of the chassis are not LED lit, but provide a good amount of airflow in through the chassis. With all the access to fresh air from the floor and through the mesh in the left panel, airflow inside is generous out of the box. Now let's backtrack for a moment. As I showed, once all of the drive components are pulled there is room for a triple, maybe even a quad 120mm radiator in the front, and we know there is room for a dual in the top of the Trooper. Even if you plan to go with a dual loop system, there is plenty of room left over for four cards; a single, double and triple radiator, and still offers room for pumps and reservoirs. I can see this case becoming a choice amongst water cooling users specifically for these reasons.


So what if you don't care about the air flow as it is shipped or water cooling, because your plan is to reconfigure your own cooling solution; what does the case have to give you? In short, it really has everything! Aside from tool-less features on either the expansion slots or the optical bays and maybe a USB 3.0 adapter, there isn't anything I found lacking. Some things to consider when looking into making this your next purchase, as I'm sure it will be! There are a couple of imposed limitations of 186mm for a CPU cooler and 322mm of GPU room with the cages in place. Offhand I can't really think of a cooler that tall, so it's hardly a limitation, but arrangements need to be made for some of the longest graphics cards. The other thing to think about is why did Cooler Master make a handle capable of holding ninety-five pounds? Two reasons! One, the case empty is over thirty pounds of thick steel, hardware and functionality. The second reason is twofold. With my build it is pretty light as far as the installed components, likely just over fifty pounds as you viewed it completed. Now think about the street value of those components in a chassis you plan to lug around somewhere. It would be a real shame to bring the Trooper to a LAN event and as you swing it on the table you toss it three feet in front of you as it freefalls to the floor! That will not happen here - Cooler Master made certain of that.


So who in the market for a new full tower chassis wouldn't fit the bill to be the next buyer of this chassis? Simply two groups - those who won't spend near $200 on a case, and those who don't have that sort of money to invest. For everyone else, this case really touches on every aspect of what a case can and should offer in today's market. With tons of features like easy access to 2.5" hard drive info via the X-DOCK, its modularity in design and even the hidden things that the uninformed won't even realize is there, makes this chassis one that I will not only recommend, but I will be putting this chassis on a pedestal as I gloat about everything it has to offer anyone looking for a large case with aggressive looks and styling to match its tough Trooper name. As I mentioned earlier, I wish you could just run out and buy one now to see and admire everything I am seeing first hand, but you will have to wait as stock is currently being shipped for release that will be here very soon. For everything Cooler Master delivered in the Storm Trooper chassis, the MSRP of $189.99 is a true bargain for this super solid design!



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