Cooler Master Storm Trooper Review



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

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Very sturdy construction
  • Rugged carrying handle
  • Spacious interior
  • Stunning exterior
  • Plethora of drive bays
  • Integrated spare parts box
  • Excellent cable management
  • Decent liquid cooling support
  • Removable dust filters
  • Well-built fan controller and I/O panel
  • Controllable fan LEDs
  • Dual USB 3.0 ports
  • Clever HDD cage design
  • Functional hot-swap drive dock

Cons:

  • Very heavy
  • Only two USB 2.0 ports
  • Could provide better accommodation for liquid cooling
  • Annoying fan controller “microwave beep”

The CM Storm Trooper is a very feature dense chassis, but for an MSRP of $189.99 there are many feature dense cases to be had. Luckily the price of the Trooper has dropped and it can now be found online for $149.99, which is approximately the same price as the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced. Having reviewed both cases we can say that unless you are serious about building your own liquid cooling system, the CM Strom Trooper is by far a better case. As we mentioned earlier, the HAF 932 feels heavier and bulkier simply because it lacks decent handles like on the Trooper or for that matter any kind of good handhold. Everywhere you turn the Trooper has some small but very useful feature that makes it a joy to work with. Even the X-Dock, which at first comes off as a gimmick, is very well designed and even fun to use. Turning on your system suddenly feels like starting a million dollar sports car. At its current price, the CM Storm Trooper is a steal. The only thing holding us back from giving the Trooper a perfect score is that it arguable does not provide as good support for water cooling as the HAF 932 and the trapped soul of a microwave in the fan controller. That said, the Trooper still earns a solid 4 and a half out of five stars.