Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Review - Interior

 

Interior

The Stryker's insides bear a perfect resemblance to the Trooper with one exception, all of the fans are white. I am very happy to see that Cooler Master went the extra step to ship white fans inside this case to compliment its frosty exterior. The fan blades feature the same wonderful gloss finish as the case's exterior. Cooler Master could have just as easily shipped it with black or transparent fans, but when one of the most defining features of the product is a windowed side panel, customers better appreciate what they see on the other side. I certainly have no qualms with the appearance of the Stryker's interior. Its light and dark elements seem to strke a perfect balance, and I can imagine how proper selection of components and good illumination could really make this rig pop. 

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One's familiarity with the CM Storm Tropper kind of spoils any surprises to be had here. There's the same SSD rack with capacity for four 2.5" drives and the same grommeted cable routing cutouts. Removal of the SSD rack will free up space for two 120mm fans. Power supplies can perch comfortably atop rubber pads and peripherals will find security in the Storm Guard bracket. Builders will have all the room in the world to mount a massive cooling system, whether it be air or water based. The case boasts enough room for two 240mm radiators without obstructing the 3.5" drive bays in any way. And if you're worried about dust, don't be. The Stryker is shielded from the front, sides, top, and bottom by a combination of mesh screens and removable filter trays. There is one large tray to protect the upper 200mm intake and two trays to guard the PSU and optional bottom-mounted 120mm intakes.

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 Some other components that are certainly worth highlighting a second time are the Stryker's rotatable HDD cages. While a feature like this is becoming more common in modern high-end cases, the construction and implementation of Cooler Master's assemblies are very well excecuted. There's a satisfying weight to the entire cage assembly, and I honestly felt like I could jump on one without consequence. Beefy side rails guide the cages into position where they are locked down by two thumbscrews. Flanking the cages are two steel panels that are each affixed by a pair of thumbscrews for easy reorientaiton. Each cage assembly accepts four drive trays that are compatible with both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. The trays are molded from a durable plastic and do exhibit some flex, but nothing too worrisome. Rounding off each cage assembly is a 120mm white LED fan.

 

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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 :)