Coolermaster CM Storm Trooper Full Tower Gaming Case Review

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Full towers have been the pinnacle for high performance computers since their early inception.  Ample room for extreme cooling, watercooling, superb cable management, and high airflow have all kept full towers alive in a world where most things are shrinking.  However, for LAN gamers with extreme machines, these aspect come at a price... terrible mobility.  CM Storm's Trooper tries to remedy this with their Trooper, which features all the things we've come to love from Coolermaster's cases in a full tower form factor, by integrating a handle into the top of the case for easy transport.

Introduction

The CM Storm Trooper is the first full tower to include an ultra-strong carrying handle allowing a gamer to travel with the finest system configurations available with relative ease. CM Storm Trooper includes features that are most coveted by gaming enthusiasts in that it has 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 Trooper the ability to adapt to workstation or water-cooled gaming configurations easily. It is positioned to appeal to the high-end enthusiast computer builder market as the ultimate full tower solution for mobility.

Features

  • Damage resistant rubberized outer surfaces with a built-in digital fan controller
  • Supports high-end hardware such as XL-ATX motherboards, multiple GPUs in SLI or Crossfire
  • Room for future upgrades with support for up to 14 HDD or SSD
  • Dust filters on every intake that are removable to allow easy cleaning
  • Support for several 240mm radiators (some larger radiators supported)
  • 6 fan speed settings and fan LED control via fan controller
  • Front I/O panel with 2 internal USB 3.0 connectors
  • Easy transport with handles and a hidden tool box for carrying accessories
  • Easy cable management and routing
  • Two 90 degree removable and rotatable HDD cages each with an attached 120mm red LED fan

Specifications

SGC-5000-KKN1
Available color:         All Black
Dimensions:             250 x 605.6 x 578.5 mm (9.8 x 23.8 x 22.8 in)
Net Weight:             14.4 KG / 31.7 lbs
Motherboard Type: Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX
Case material:         Steel body, Front Mesh / Plastic bezel
5.25"Drive Bays: 9
3.5" Drive Bays:    8 (converted from 5.25" bay by two 4-in 3 HDD modules)
Expansion Slots:     9+1
Maximum CPU cooler height:   186 mm / 7.3 in
Compatibility GPU card length: 322 mm / 12.7 in

I / O panel:            USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, e-SATA x 1, Audio In and Out (Supports HD audio)


Cooling System

Front : 120 mm LED fan x2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
Top: 200 mm fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 23 dBA (converted to 2 x 120 /140 mm fan)

Rear: 140 mm fan x1, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA (converted to 120 mm
fan)
Side: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional) Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)

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