I think the appearance of the Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case will split opinion. Like Marmite, people will either love or hate the looks.
It isn’t very often I remove a case from the box and spend a few minutes analysing the design. The top section of this case is a fantastic showcase of engineering prowess and it is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is almost as if HR Giger had input in the design phase, mirroring the outer shell of an alien carcass.
On a technical level, the Cooler Master Storm Trooper is clever enough to ensure a high end system build is easy to undertake. It isn’t perfect, because I am so used to the Lian Li lever locking system on the expansion slots that I cringe when I see screws now. The use of steel and plastics may keep down costs, but when compared against an aluminum construction it weighs a ton and immediately loses some sex appeal.
In regards to dealing with high end components, this case has ample cooling proficiency, ensuring SLI and Crossfire systems would perform very well. With the vast space inside and the ability to cope with huge graphics cards the high end audience will warm to the Storm Trooper immediately. It can also house the largest motherboards on the market, as well as multiple radiators and a vast array of 5.25 inch and 3.5 inch drives.
Construction is first class and there are no sharp edges and unfinished or marred surfaces, it also feels strong enough to last a very long time and we have no concerns with any of the plastic surfaces being easily susceptible to damage. The inclusion of a carrying handle is inspired, however with the final weight after a system build it won’t be the easiest chassis to carry around. I would love to see one of these chassis constructed from high quality aluminum.
Pricing in the United Kingdom is very competitive, with OCUK stocking them for £139.99 inc vat. With many Lian Li cases being sold for upwards of £300 we can see how the use of steel and plastic can lower the cost to the consumer.
- Very unusual design and quite attractive.
- good cooling capabilites.
- loads of space inside for the highest level system builds.
- support for dual radiators.
- painted interior looks great.
- Fan controllers.
- Plenty of drive bays for storage.
- Carry handles.
- Great design for cable management.
- Value for money.
- Its steel, so its heavy.
- Appearance might not appeal to everyone.
Kitguru says: If you want something eye catching at a good price and able to handle high end system builds, then this deserves a serious look.