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CM Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis

CM Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis

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CM Storm Sniper – Exterior

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At 56.7cm x 25.5cm x 55.1cm the CM Storm Sniper is certainly on the larger side of mid-tower cases but weighs in at 10.6 kilograms, which is surprising considering the rigidity and strength of the case. This should certainly help with lugging the case around to tournaments and LANs.

With an all black finish, the case certainly looks the part, with an abundance of mesh grilles and stylish militaristic accents adding to the appeal of the chassis.

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Looking at the front of the machine you can see the five 5.25” mesh bay covers and a panel covering the front 200mm intake fan. The dust filter behind the intake fan mesh is removable but it rather difficult to access as it doesn’t have any sort of mechanism that allows for quick releasing and reinserting. The filter is instead held in place by bent pieces of steel.

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The front panel on this machine is particularly impressive, boasting 4 USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, firewire and eSATA ports and a particularly unique feature to this machine, a fan control knob. In addition to letting you turn on and off the LEDs in the fans, this lets you adjust the speed of all fans connected to the unit simultaneously.

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Sitting just behind this front panel are the two steel handles concealed by the plastic top fascia. These handles are solidly connected to the core chassis and will ensure that this machine will survive being moved regularly as well as making the job that little bit easier. Some people may be put off by the fact that so much plastic is used outside of the core steel chassis but there is a good reason for this. Firstly, we can assure that the plastic is high quality, secondly it undeniably helps reduce weight while keeping the price down on a case that is designed to be carried.

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The side panels are both identically shaped and are slightly extruded a few inches in from the edges. The panel overlooking all the components has a mesh grill which allows air to flow into the case … this can obviously be made far more effective by adding a single 200m or dual 120mm fans to the panel. Cooler Master have even provided the necessary screws and facilities for mounting said fans.

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Looking at the underside of the machine you can see the four feet which can be folded out to provide extra stability for the machine. These feet can be replaced with smaller, round ones that are included in the bundle. There is a fair amount of distance between the floor of the actual chassis core and the feet. This should help with airflow and reduce the amount of dust build-up.

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Finally, looking at the rear of the case we can see the bottom mount location for the PSU, the I/O panel space and the two pre-cut water-cooling holes. Also visible is the location of the peripheral security system which we will touch on in the next section.

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