A storm trooper is cold, efficient, and has one of the most striking and intimidating uniforms in all of sci-fi. The Storm Trooper from Cooler Master has all of these features and is marginally less likely to impose a dictatorship across the galaxy. While not honestly named after one of the most well-known nameless group of extras ever, the Trooper is a battle-worthy case in CM’s Storm series.
CM Storm Trooper Dimensions
The Storm Trooper is a full sized tower with a roomy interior designed for up to XL-ATX form factor motherboards. You can nudge out a little more space thanks to the removable HDD drive cages, but this is mostly handy if you have a long graphics card, but even monstrosities like the Gtx Titan and Gtx780 keep a relatively small length so its usefulness in that regard is debatable.
The overall dimensions of the case are 23.8” by 9.8” by 22.8”, with a total weight of 31.7 pounds. The extra length to fit the handle does bump the height up slightly, but it is still a large case, even for full towers.
Cooler Master Features
The chassis is made from a combination of steel through the majority of the body and plastic in the bezel and grating. This gives it durability where it needs it while keeping the overall weight at reasonable levels. It still weighs in at over 30 pounds, but a strategically placed handle makes toting the hunk of electronics easy for gamers on the go.
Inside, the full tower gives plenty of room for big heatsinks and GPUs. The rotatable hard disk bays are definitely a standout feature. When you want to switch out your drives, it can be done in a snap, and afterwards they rest snugly in the confines of your case with built
As with most cases, the majority of the nifty external features rest in the front of the top side. Just in front of the tote handle, you will find a fan controller, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, audio and microphone jacks, and an eSATA connection.
While the name evokes thoughts of crisp white uniforms with robotic features, the Storm Trooper comes in a steely black with red LEDs that is more reminiscent of the Dark Trooper project. The design is somewhat minimalist and more focused on functionality than décor. The front is dedicated to the mass of external 5.25” bays. The sides are mostly flat, with matching raised portions on either side. Looking at it from the front, the left side’s raised portion is grated and offers a small glimpse into the interior of the case. The look manages to combine style with functionality in a way that is not as gaudy as some other options.
Storm Trooper Final Thoughts
With plenty of space for larger components and multiple cooling units, useful features like a 2.5” hot swap dock and durable tote handle, a sturdy steel body, and a look that says “I’m a no nonsense badass,” the CM Storm Series Trooper is a perfect case for a gamer on the go. The ability to fit more than one radiator inside is a massive advantage for anyone interested in overclocking and SLI/CrossFireX setups.