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Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Review

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In late 2011, Cooler Master's CM Storm enthusiast line made way for the launch of the CM Storm Trooper. This champion of full towers offered innovative features like drive cages that could be rotated 90 degrees and a carrying handle to facilitate easy transport to LAN parties. Finished in a deep black with rubberized accents, the Trooper was already quite the looker, but Cooler Master teased fans with an even more refined version at CES 2012. Dubbed the CM Storm Stryker, the case boasted the same great features and capacity of the Trooper along with a stunning whitewashed exterior and large side panel window. Join me as I take a closer look around this hotly anticipated chassis!

 

Overview

Built to be amongst the most agile full-towers, Stryker includes an ultra-strong travel-ready carrying handle. CM Storm Stryker has a stylish glossy black and white finish on the case and included fans, windowed side panel, full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages. These features give CM Storm Stryker the ability to adapt to workstation or water-cooled gaming configurations easily.

Features

  • Stylish black and white design with mesh front panel provides constant cooling
  • Top ultra-strong carrying handle with rubber coating
  • The unique 90 degree rotatable 5.25"/3.5" Combo Cages offer flexibility for installation
  • Rich I/O support with two USB 3.0 super speed ports (int.) and 9+1 expansion slots for great expandability
  • The fan speed can be adjusted by the top control panel
  • the internal tool box and Storm Guard secure gamer's peripherals
  • Supports the latest long graphics cards, including AMD Radeon HD 7970 and NVIDIA GTX 690

*Courtesy of Cooler Master

 

Specifications

Model SGC-5000W-KWN1
Color Black and White
Material Appearance: Synthetic, Mesh front bexel; Case body: Steel
Dimension 250.0 x 605.6 x 578.5 mm / 9.8 x 23.8 x 22.8 inch
Weight 13.7 kg / 30.2 lb
M/B/ Type Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 9
3.5" Drive Bay 8 (converted from 5.25" bays by 5.25"/3.5" Combo Cages)
2.5" Drive Bay 13 (converted from 5.25" bays by 5.25"/3.5" Combo Cages)
I/O Panel

USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, Audio In and Out (supports HD Audio)

Expansion Slots 9+1

 

Cooling System

Front: 120mm LED fan x 2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA

Top: 200mm fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 23dBA (converted to 120/140mm fan x 2)

Rear: 140mm fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA (converted to 120mm fan x 1)

Bottom: 120mm fan x 2 (optional) 

Power Supply

ATX PS2/EPS 12V

Maximum Compatibility

VGA card length: 322.0 mm / 12.7 inch

CPU cooler height: 186.0 mm / 7.3 inch

Warranty

2 years

UPC Code

884102017179

*Courtesy of Cooler Master.

 

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# iFLAME 2012-08-06 13:42
Great review and detailed analysis Brandon, keep up the good works. :-) Would you consider the Stryker much more prone to wear and tears than Trooper? The glossy paint-job should be a scratch-magnet, am I right? Regards.
 
 
+1 # Brandon Carey 2012-08-07 09:07
Thanks for the comment! The gloss white paint on the Stryker seems rather thick, especially on the side panels, and shouldn't scratch very easily. I did notice a few areas where the paint has rubbed off like around the screw holes and clips for the side panels. But these blemishes are unnoticeable when the case is fully assembled. The plastic bits on top seem much more prone to scratching compared to the rest of the case, but I wouldn't say it's any worse than the Trooper's soft touch rubber coating. The side window is another spot to watch out for. As long as you're careful when moving the case around and aren't banging it into walls, you should be fine. Given that it doesn't show dust very easily, I think the Stryker is far nicer to look at day to day compared to the Trooper. Hope this helps!

Brandon
 
 
# iFLAME 2012-08-15 18:37
Thanks for the info :)