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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

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The Cooler Master Storm Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) full tower chassis is completely black inside and out with accents of red LED lighting in the front I/O and side door, as it is shipped. The body, panels and drive cages and racks are all made of steel that receives a coating of black with a textured finish. The plastic bits, or the top cover and the front bezel, including the I/O panel, get coated black with a rubber finish for easy cleaning and scuff resistance. The Trooper stands almost twenty four inches tall from the top of the handle to the bottom of the feet and is almost as deep. Something to consider, and why my back is currently a bit tight, the Storm Trooper weighs in at 31.7 pounds, empty! - Completed as you will see it shortly, I am guessing I am in the fifty-five to sixty pound finished weight. Quite a lot for a single handle on a full tower chassis.


The top, front, bottom, rear and both sides are all ventilated in some fashion. Whether covered with steel mesh, louvers, or punched out venting designs, the Trooper offers every way possible to cool the components inside the chassis. The drive bay configuration in the front is a bit different than we are used to. There are nine spots available for 5.25" devices to go through the front after removing the covers, one of which also converts for a floppy drive and has an adapter installation kit included. In order to use all nine slots for 5.25" devices, you would need to remove the hard drive cages and part of the rack assembly. The case is shipped with the pair of four drive cages with a fan attached to one side, already using up the bottom six 5.25" bays. These cages work with plastic trays that slide in and out with pins for 3.5" drives, or with holes in the bottom of them for 2.5" drives. So those eight, plus a rack that can hold five more drives makes for a total of thirteen possible locations.


The included fans and placements are as follows. The top of the chassis has a 200mm fan installed. This area will allow for 120mm or 140mm fans or even a dual radiator as options. The front of the case has two fans already on the drive cages and depending on orientation they can blow from side to side, or front to back of the case. The rear of the chassis receives a 140mm fan as an exhaust. Optional positions for fans, but are not filled by Cooler Master are the pair in the floor that can be 120mm, and the pair of places in the left side that are the air intake to the hard drives. Don't forget, with the built in fan controls, the front pair, the top and the rear fans can all be connected and controlled from the front I/O panel. Others you add will not have fan plugs to be used with the controller, it only provides for four connections.


I haven't really even scratched the surface as to all the things offered in the Storm Trooper, but if I give it all to you now, you will have no reason to filter through the upcoming images of the Trooper. At this point you want to know when you can get one and how much it will set you back to obtain it. I have some good news and some bad news. Going with the bad news first, you will likely read this before the cases arrive at retailers. Emails from Cooler Master were projecting an early October release, so it is only a matter of days, but you will have to wait a bit. The good news, well, that is the pricing. In those emails I was able to obtain that his mammoth creation that even houses XL-ATX motherboards is releasing with an MSRP of $189.99 US dollars, and for that cost you are getting a very feature rich full tower. Stick around to take a look at it all, as there isn't enough room to dote on this chassis as much as I would like to this early in the review.

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