CM Storm Trooper Computer SGC 5000 KKN1

CM Storm Trooper Computer SGC 5000 KKN1

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You should probably jump on this case now, as it is on sale for $150 from the original $200 due to Cooler Masters 20th anniversary. This case is easily worth $200, but the current price makes it a real nobrainer. I bought the Trooper to replace my NZXT Zero 2 case, which cost $100 last September, and for $50 dollars more, I got a case that is at LEAST 3X better than my old one. Notable features that I enjoy * Very sturdy handle grip on top. This makes lifting the case a real breeze, even with all components installed. The handle is very nice, and the underneath side is squishy, making it very confortable. The handle is bolted to the base of the case of course, and feels extremely sturdy. * Slotloading SSD on the front of the case. Great feature allows quick swapping of SSDs without opening the case. * Massive 200MM fan on top. Other reviews I have seen online complain this fan is too loud, I have no idea why they say that. I have all fans going at max level 6, and this is not loud to me at all. This fan has a huge filter that slides out for easy cleaning, and the way the case layout is designed, this fan is not in the way at all. Basically, take a regular full tower case that doesnt have a top fan, add roughly 56 inches on top, and thats how big the Trooper is. Wonderful. * Bottom mounted PSU. This allows you to have all that space for the top fan. The bottom of the case has a dust filter as well. Note that the leg stubs are not very high on this case, co if you plan to set it on carpet, you will want to get a piece of wood or plastic mat to sit it on so the PSUs bottom vent doesnt get clogged by the carpet. *Very large motherboard window makes it a real breeze to install. Also, there is a large space between the back of the mobo plate and the actual side pannel. This makes wire managements super easy, even if you have a nonmodular PSU. Add in tons of grommet holes and twist tie holes all over the place, so regardless of your setup, you can make it look great if you put in the time. * The bottom of the grill has a hidden compartment for storing excess parts, or anything else you might want to put there. Directly behind this is a SSD rack bolted to the bottom of the case. What is great about this is that if you remove both of these things (very easy, it is only six screws altogether for both parts) there are mounts for two 120MM fans should you so chose, or even a radiator if you watercool. *Combines steel with rounded edges and accented with hard smooth plastic around edges means no cutting yourself when installing, or lugging it around * Back of case has a feature where you can run your accessory cables through, then lock them in place so they are not stolen if you go to a LAN party. * Way more drive bays than any normal person will ever need. * Rotatable HDDSSD bays. Both of these can fit 4 drives apiece. Each has its own 120mm fan. What I did was keep one of these cubes as it was, and put my HDD in there. THis default config allows the 120MM fan to blow directly on the drives, and immediately shoot the hot air outside the opposite side pannel vents. The other drive cage not in use was rotated, where the fan intakes cool air from the front, shoots it across my GPU and CPU, and out the back 140MM fan. Its almost a straight shot, keeping hot air from building up inside the case. *Optional mounts for two 120MM fans on the side pannel. *Inside is painted black, which looks alot better than the unpainted interior from my previous case. * So much room that even the biggest CPU coolers have plenty of room to spare. * 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 3.0 ports on front. Each port is spaced far enough from each other that you can plug in an SD card reader and still use the adjacent ports for controllers, mice ect. My NZXT Zero 2 could not allow the other USB port to be occupied if I wanted to use my SD card reader, which was really annoying. *Adjustable fan settings that have 6 different speeds. *Toggle button for the fan LEDs. * Big power button on front that lights up the red flame logo when on. Purely cosmetic, but looks nice. * Good temps for my components. SO much space for future expansion it is rediculous. SLI is actually an option for me now. ALso, I have a really long GPU (GTX 570) and theres at least two full inches (maybe more)in length to spare. CONS I will be VERY picky here, as there isnt really a legitimate con to this case. * I have read reviews saying this doesnt have USB 3.0 converters for older mobos. Wasnt an issue for me, I have a z68, but its something to keep in mind. * Red LEDs didnt match my additional blue LED 120mm fans I put in from the old case. Told ya the cons here are minimal… * Leg stubs could have been bigger since this is a bottom mounted PSU case. Then again, I havent seen a case with longer legs, either. Again, minor quibble. * Side pannels could have used mesh for dust prevention, like the front of the case does. TO sum up, you are getting a case with tons of ventill

Posted by jakertio on 2013-10-27 11:46:28

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