Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Review - Final Thoughts


Final Thoughts


Having been launched in late 2011, the CM Storm Trooper has plenty of productive years ahead of it. But the Stryker's premium gloss finished exterior and fans still do a great deal to revitalize the design. Before you start to think that this must be an expensive facelift, know that both the CM Storm Stryker and CM Storm Trooper are available for $159.99! Considering that the Trooper originally launched with an MSRP of $189.99 and still does not include a windowed side panel out of the box makes the Stryker incredible value for the money. Despite its fresh looks, the Stryker's loss of a front-mounted SATA port actually makes it slightly less functional than the Trooper, but lending some transparency to the Trooper's  side panel will cost you $20. The choice of color and how it affects the case's overall appearance is left to personal taste. If you want a highly dependable chassis that can deal with the harshest of conditions, the CM Storm Trooper is the battle-hardened foot soldier that will get the job done. The CM Storm Stryker is that same soldier in his dress uniform - well-groomed and dignified, but still a warrior at heart. 


The Good


The Bad

  • Glossy white finish has a very premium feel and appearance

  • Same spacious and functional interior as the CM Storm Trooper 

  • Fresh paint, fans, and side panels for the same price as the Trooper

  • Massive amount of space for cables under right side panel

  • Front panel I/O no longer features e-SATA


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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!

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