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CM Storm Stryker Chassis Review

The CM Storm Stryker is based around the successful Trooper model, supplied in a different colour and with an extra 2.5″ HDD cage supporting an additional 4x 2.5″ drives. The build quality of the case is without reproach, Cooler Master engineering standards have been consistently impressive throughout the last year.

The out of the box thermal performance is reasonably good and the default airflow configuration can cope with high end components, ensuring no issues with high end SLI and Crossfire systems.

There is also plenty of physical space for the biggest video cards currently available. It is also fully compatible with watercooling kits and several radiators could be fitted without a problem.

In terms of acoustics performance, we were a little disappointed. That said, Cooler Master have included a fan controller to allow for fine adjustments.

Sadly, even on the quietest setting fan noise was still noticeable. The BitFenix Shinobi XL is superior in this regard, producing a higher airflow with similar noise level emissions. Spending a little extra on higher grade fans would sort out this concern.

This case retails for £149.99 inc vat. It faces stiff competition from the recently released BitFenix Shinobi XL, however many people will prefer the appearance of the CM Storm Stryker.

Pros

  • Innovative design.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Decent performances.
  • Space for 13x 2.5″ drives.
  • Fan controller built in.

Cons

  • Not the best performance on the market for the price.
  • Not a case you will want to move around often.
  • White won't be for everyone.

Kitguru says: A great looking case which faces a lot of competition this year.

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Rating: 8.0.

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4 comments

  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.