Cooler Master Storm Trooper Review



Product: Cooler Master Storm Trooper
Company: Cooler Master
Author: Nicholas Conroy
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: June 18th, 2012

Packaging and Exterior

... but letís take a look at the packaging first.

The front and back of the Trooperís box follows the same basic layout as the rest of the CM Storm series, though it seems to have been refined a bit since we reviewed the CM Storm Enforcer a year ago. On the front we see a nice big picture of chassis itself, some stylish logos, and a SWAT team in the background preparing to break down a stonerís front door. On the back we find a quick feature guide, a few more pictures of the case, as well as some quick bragging about the case in eight different languages.

On the right side of the box we find a pretty picture of the case along with brief message translated into 21 languages telling us to look on the CM Storm website for more info. There is also a barcode sticker, but thatís kind of boring. The left side of the box is devoid of pictures, instead giving us an overview of the features the Trooper has to offer. Along with a panel telling us what version of the case is in the box, we also find another barcode sticker leering at us. Now to crack this puppy open!

Inside we find the case nestled inside a protective wrap and cradled between two Styrofoam blocks molded to the Trooperís shape. Rather than just using a clear plastic bag like on most cases, Cooler Master has opted for a thicker, padded foam bag that helps protect the case from minor knocks besides the usual scrapes and scratches that can happen at the factory. Despite being a full tower design, the Trooper has the tagline ďJoin the mobile infantry!Ē which tells us that Cooler Master expects you to haul this chassis around with you. If this is the case then the padded wrapping will come in handy, though weíll talk more about the portability of the Trooper later on.

Inside we find a case more akin to Darth Vader rather than the white plastic armor and funny helmets that its name brings to mind. All joking aside, the CM Storm Trooper is a very beautiful case. If you donít care for the ruggedly ugly look of the HAF series full tower but donít have the money for a Cosmos, then this is probably the case for you.

On the sides we can see hard drive vents with intake fans on the right side panel with the exhaust on the left. As weíll see later, this is not the only way these two front fans can be oriented. On the rear we find a pair of large water cooling ports along with a third, smaller one tagging along. We also see what exactly 9+1 expansion slots means. Besides the two additional expansion slots for on board cards, there is also a tenth slot that can be used to loop your periphery cables through so that they are impossible to steal easily (provided youíve fitted the included side panel lock buckle). If you live in a college dorm or an apartment where a lot of parties happen, this is a very welcome feature indeed. Alternatively, this could also be used for any additional port brackets, such as for USB 3.0, which a motherboard may have.

Another very welcome feature is the pair of sturdy carrying handles we find up top. While the handle towards the front is fairly obvious, the one in the rear is cleverly integrated into the design of the top vents. These make hauling a 30lb case like the Trooper far more manageable. On paper the Cooler Master HAF 932 is about the same weight as the CM Storm Trooper yet it feels far heavier since it lacks good handholds to make carrying it less awkward. That said the Trooper is still a very heavy case to move farther than a few yards, so it is doubtful that many people will be toting them to LAN parties.

Now letís move in for a closer look.