Cooler Master Storm Stryker Review

Author: Dimitry
Date: November 19, 2012
Product Name: Storm Stryker
Part Number: SGC-5000W-KWN1
Warranty: 1 Year
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Cooler Masterís Storm Trooper is arguably one of the most popular cases currently on the market and from our perspective at least, it is nearly perfect. However, before its inevitable successor is launched, the Trooper line is getting a minor facelift in the form of the Storm Stryker. This full tower enclosure remains true to its roots while broadening the Trooperís appeal into some additional market niches.

At its most basic, the Stryker is simply a white version of its older sibling with some extra bits tacked on for good measure. Normally this kind of move would be followed by a substantial uptick in price but Cooler Master has tacked a mere $10 onto the Storm Trooperís price, making the Stryker just $159. Considering the amount of space and number of features this case offers, we think this is a phenomenal value.

Other than the obvious color change, Cooler Master has added a sleek side window to this design, allowing for a clear view towards any installed components. Unfortunately, in keeping with the clean looks, there arenít any fan mounts included on the window but that hasnít constrained air movement within the interiorís confines.

The Strykerís steel chassis, Mohawk-like carrying handle, top panel connectors, integrated 6-channel fan controller and perforated front drive covers all follow the same basic lines as the Trooper but instead of a durable soft-touch coating, Cooler Master opted for a high gloss pearlescent white. Even the back-breaking 30lb weight has remained largely the same. There are some plastic bits tacked on for good measure and unfortunately this dual material approach causes subtle color variations throughout the chassis.

The Strykerís interior offers more of the same shtick we saw from the Storm Trooper, albeit in a high contrast white / black form. There are of course plenty of dust filters, four included fans (one of which is a beastly 200mm affair pulling exhaust duty at the top), two fully modular drive caddies, room for two dual 120mm water cooling radiators, compatibility with 13Ē long graphics cards and enough wiring grommets to make anyone look like a cable routing expert. Thankfully Cooler Master has also seen fit to avoid the multi colored mess of front panel connectors by finishing them in black.

One of the best additions here is a small drive cage for SSDs mounted on the Strykerís ďfloorĒ. Mounting SSDs here allows for a clear air intake from the Strykerís front quarters without being impeded by hard drives. Unfortunately, using this caddie eliminates the ability to mount a second radiator, but we canít win them all now can we?

Flipping the case around doesnít uncover anything out of the ordinary but it is great to see that Cooler Master once again left plenty of space for cables behind the motherboard tray. Naturally, cable tie notches are placed everywhere, which will likely be a godsend for neatness freaks.

We go over all of this and more in our video review, which has been placed above.

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