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Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring from Oct 4, 2012 @ 0:46 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




There are two versions of the Scout 2 chassis, one that will arrive in all black paint as mine is, or there is a gunmetal grey option. Comprising most of the chassis is steel for the frame, panels, and motherboard tray. On the front there is a fair bit of steel mesh with ABS plastic making the outer shell of the front bezel, and it is also used on the top to cover the I/O, fans, and handle construction. That brings me to the comfortable feel of the polymer handle that will allow users a soft but secure grip on the chassis when you need to lug it around. Since the chassis is only 20.5" tall, it classifies as a mid-tower entry, and when empty, the Scout 2 weighs in at 18.3 pounds.


What you will find in and around the CM Storm Scout 2 is as follows. There are three 5.25" bays and seven 3.5" drive bays in two sections of bays. The top section, holding four of the bays, is removable to allow for longer video cards, leaving three in the bottom that are permanent. As for 2.5" drives, there is an included adapter that converts a 3.5" bay. Above all of this you have the front I/O with the basic amenities as well as USB 3.0.


The motherboard tray will hold either an ATX or a Micro ATX board, and in the back there is a 7+1 slot configuration under the rear I/O. There are plenty of places for fans in the Scout 2 as well. Two in the front, one in the floor, two in the top, two in the left side panel, and the last hole in the rear, of which Cooler Master only filled the rear exhaust with a 120mm fan with red LEDs to cool the chassis. As far as the other seven optional positions, they will all accept 120mm fans.


The CM Storm Scout 2 chassis was just released to the public as of September 25th and is already on shelves at most locations I tend to shop from. If you do end up liking what you are about to see, you are going to have to pony up $99.99 for the case from most e-tailers I found through Google shopping. What may break the deal is the shipping, and currently Newegg has the better deal of $119.98 including shipping fees.


The Scout 2 definitely falls under the $150 mark that will break a lot of sales for most buyers, so it seems we should be good to go. Now I just have to show you what the CM Storm Scout 2 delivers for this price.

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