Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Review - Installation



I couldn't wait to start a build inside the Stryker just to see how everything would look. Just for kicks, I wired up a set of IKEA Dioder LED pads inside the Stryker for dramatic effect. Unfortunately, I do not have access to a set of low-profile cathodes at the time of this review. I think that white light is the perfect way to accentuate the interior of this case, bringing out the finer details of most components that would normally blend with a black background. It helps that the 120mm LED fans included with the case also emit white light. The gallery clearly illustrates that those who aren't very disciplined with their cable management will have absolutely no trouble with finding ample space in the Stryker. Even the chunky power unit for my IKEA lights fits comfortably underneath the Styker's curves. Here's a list of the components used in this sample build:


CPU Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
GPU BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC
Motherboard MSI P67A-GD65
Memory Kingston HyperX 8 GB DDR3 1600
Cooler Cooler Master V6GT
PSU Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular
SSD OCZ Agility 3 60GB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
Fan Controller Aerocool X-Vision
Optical Drive LG GH22NS90 Super Multi - DVD±RW
Lighting IKEA Dioder




You have no rights to post comments


# 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!

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