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CM Storm Stryker Chassis Review

Today’s test system will give us a good idea of how well this case works in terms of thermal and acoustic performance.

Processor: AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Edition @ 3.9 GHz.
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD- M Evo
CoolerAkasa Venom Voodoo CPU Cooler
Memory: 4GB Corsair DDR3 1600MHz
Graphics Cards: AMD Radeon 6450 HD (GPU @ 850 MHZ, Memory Clock @ 1000 MHz)
Power Supply: Akasa Venom Power 750W
Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex II 60GB SSD (OS only)

OS: Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit
Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2

The airflow through this case is a traditional front intake methodology to exhaust at the top and rear. That said, you can rotate the HDD cage to alter the position of the intake flow a little.

For this test we are using the stock fan configuration, which includes 1 x 200mm, 1 x 140mm and 2 x 120mm fans as well as the power supply intake and exhaust.

Unfortunately, we have seen better results under the exact same conditions recently. The BitFenix Shinobi XL recorded several degrees less on core temp (same OC and voltage). That said, this case can be fitted with additional fans for enhanced air flow. 230mm fans are certainly the way forward for maximum thermal performance and low sound level output.

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  1. fabulous looking case ! i love the original design. not sure im so into the white colour myself.

  2. white im not a fan off. looks nice, but hte original design appeals to me more. bit expensive too when compared to some other cases now.