Cooler Master’s Storm Trooper is trimmed with a light-gray, rubber-coated plastic liner that covers the front and top of the case, creating a nice contrast with the black steel frame. It looks even better once its red fan LEDs switch on. It’s smaller than both NZXT’s Switch 810 and Xigmatek’s Elysium, measuring 23.8 inches high by 9.8 inches deep by 22.8 inches long and weighing 31.7 pounds. But this enclosure has plenty of room, boasting nine PCIe slots and space for even the longest consumer videocards.
Nine 5.25-inch drive bays occupy the front of the chassis, with a hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bay at the top of the stack. Two hard-drive cages with toolless trays can accommodate 2.5-, 3.5-, or 5.25-inch drives, and a second drive cage at the bottom of the chassis can handle four additional 2.5-inch drives. The trays aren’t shoddy, but they do feel less sturdy than what we’ve come to expect from Cooler Master.
Cooler Master's Storm Trooper has some pretty details, including a brushed-aluminum badge at the bottom of the chassis.
A massive rubber-coated handle is molded into the front of this enclosure’s lid, with large slanted vents behind that, so don’t set anything on top of this box. A slanted I/O panel in front of the handle harbors two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jacks, an eSATA port, an oversize power button, a reset switch, and a three-speed fan controller. Although the Storm Trooper’s motherboard tray has only three grommeted cutouts, we found cable management to be a straightforward affair, thanks to one of the biggest cable-routing cutouts we’ve ever seen.
In our thermal tests, the Storm Trooper’s stock fans (two 12cm front, one 20cm top, and one 14cm rear) didn’t keep our build quite as cool as the Xigmatek or NZXT cases did. If you prefer to water cool, the Storm Trooper includes three grommeted hose cutouts in back, and it can support two 240mm radiators (at the top and bottom); alternatively, you can swap out the rear exhaust fans with a 120- or 140mm radiator.
Check out the size of that lower grommeted cutout—we were able to fit our entire hand through it!
Cooler Master’s engineers lavished the Storm Trooper with details, including slide-out dust filters top and bottom, removable foot pegs with aluminum bases, and a convenient hold above the hard drive cage for easy optical drive cable routing. And, as if they read our minds, Cooler Master is developing a white version of this case that will include a side window. The white version, however, will carry the Storm Stryker badge, presumably to avoid drawing the attention of Lucas lawyers.
Cooler Master Storm Trooper
Extremely straightforward to build in; classy looks; massive cable-routing cutout; copious attention to detail.
Good, but not great, stock cooling; no side window; angular top.