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Construction and Features:
The CMStorm Sniper is a nice looking and well thought out case. The outer shell is a combination of plastic and metal. The coating on the metal gives it a non-glare “military” look. Not industrial but certainly military. The front has a mesh grill similar to the HAF-932 but with a few differences. It is as wide as the HAF-932 and has external openings for five 5-1/4-inch bays [one of which can be used for a 3-1/2-inch drive] and a 200mm fan that pulls cool air into the case and over the HDDs.
The front panel is both attractive and functional; you have everything you would generally need and more. Cooler Master has thrown in an extra control a speed dial for the fans and a button to kill the lights from the built in LED fans.
The top of the CMStorm Sniper is interesting; there is a raised portion that is reminiscent of the Battle Star Galactica ships. In reality it serves as a handle for easily picking up the Sniper. Under this area is another of those monster 200mm fans.
Moving down to the sides we notice that the CMStorm Sniper has flared sides; this is a great idea in terms of keeping the insides of your case clean. It allows for more cables and Molex plugs to be hidden behind the mainboard mounting tray. On the left side it allows for an extra 200mm case fan to be mounted [or multiple smaller fans] to increase the airflow through the Sniper.
The back of the Sniper is not really all that special; PSU mounts on the bottom, there are openings for external water cooling at the top and bottom, and there is the usual number of expansion slots. But there is one item that a little different. That is the addition of an extra expansion port on the side that allows you to have those add-in features (like eternal e-Sata, audio out, etc) without using up a normal expansion slot.
Internally you have a tool-less design, the HDDs mount into slide out trays and the CD-ROMs slide in and are locked into place by press release buttons. All of your expansion cards are held in place by sturdy plastic clips. The mainboard mounting tray features and easy to read diagram making installation a snap. There is also a large rectangular cut out to allow for the installation of a water block or large third-party HSF [heatsink and fan] without having to remove the mainboard. Cooler master has also provided a spot for an extra fan to pull cool air in from under the case.
In all the CMStorm is a well built and designed case.
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