Cooler Master Storm Scout reviewed
Cooler Master extends the gamer series Storm with the new Scout, which had been introduced at the Cebit 2008. Now the Scout has to face the PC Games Hardware tests.
Cooler Master Storm Scout reviewed: Introduction
At the Games Convention in 2008 Cooler Master introduced the Storm series which is primarily intended for gaming customers. In December 2008 the Storm Sniper was the first case of the series was released. Due to its uncommon design, new ideas like the integrated fan control and a lot of space for cable management the Sniper became quite popular. The Storm Scout is the second case of the Strom series that hits the markets.
Cooler Master Strom Scout reviewed: Design and appearance
The most noticeable feature of the Storm Scout is the handle on the lid. Due to this cross-beam the case can be carried with only one hand, although you should better use both hands if the Scout is packed with all the PC components. On the outside the handles are made of plastic but beneath there is a stable steel construct. The front I/O panel is placed above the drive bays and offers four USB ports, audio connectors, one E-SATA port, the power and the reset button as well as the switch for controlling the LEDs and fans.
In the lower part of the airy front side a 140 millimeter fan is illuminated in red if powered. The slot covers of the 5.25 inch drive bays are made of perforated metal and are equipped with dust filters. The side panel bears resemblance to the one of the Storm Sniper although the form of the cuttings is different. The left side also has a Plexiglas window that grants insight into the case and also has ventilation slots as well as holes to attach two 140 millimeter fans. On the back the Storm Scout has a transparent 120 millimeter fan which also is glowing red if the LEDs are powered. A 140 millimeter fan in the lid completes the fan equipment.
Cooler Master Storm Scout reviewed: Interior
The interior is black - completely. Cooler Master painted the whole interior in black, even the slot covers and the tool free latching for the 5.25 inch drives are black and not, as it is the case in the CM 690, purple or blue. Only the transparent fans catch the eye. Cooler Master even put black screws into the box, but they didn't follow the road till the end since all the cables haven't been sleeved in black. Fortunately most of them are put out of sight and thus not visible. Besides seven normal slot covers for the plug in cards, the Scout also has a slot cover that can be used to wrap the cables of mouse and keyboard around it. Thus the input devices cannot be removed without opening the case - a effective protection against theft on LAN parties for example.
Cooler Master Storm Scout reviewed: Praxis
The layout doesn't leave much room for criticism: The space between the motherboard and the preinstalled fans is too small. So we had to remove the fan in order to get the Thermalright IFX-14 fits into the case. Big PSUs on the other hand are not a problem for the Scout, there is even enough space for our long Enermax Galaxy. Installing a Geforce GTX 260, works fine, but there isn't much space left between the graphics card and the hard drive cage - long cards with power connectors directing to the back, could cause trouble. The hard drive cage is bolted unfortunately, a fact that could annoy fans of water cooling systems.
The power supply unit can draw fresh air through ventilation slot on the floor, which is equipped with a metal dust filter. Unfortunately the PSU has to be removed in order to clean the filter. A handy feature is the hole in the motherboard tray that allows easy access to the board if you want to install a CPU cooler with a backplate. The Storm Scout doesn't offer much space for water cooling systems and only one 120 millimeter radiator can be installed without much effort since there are less than three centimeters between the lid and the motherboard. Something new are the adaptations for 1.8 and 2.5 inch drives.
Cooler Master Storm Scout reviewed: Conclusion
Although the Scout is not a direct successor of the Sniper, but extends the Storm product array, it is an excellent case. Especially the carrying handles, the protection against theft and the possibility to switch off the LEDs of the fans make Cooler Master Storm Scout an interesting case for gamers who visit bigger LAN parties. With 8.7 kilograms the Scout is surprisingly light for a steel case but nevertheless stable. It is common knowledge that the design of a case is matter of taste, but with its features and especially the black interior the Scout sticks out of the crowd - especially if you take the fair price into account. The Cooler Master Storm Scout is listed for about 90 Euros by European.
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