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CM Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis

CM Storm Sniper Gaming Chassis

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Interior & Installation

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Opening up the machine you can immediately see the genes that it shares with the HAF 932 and the ATCS 840, both brilliant cases in their own right. There’s plenty of space to build your gaming rig in here and the motherboard tray has some extra facilities to make your job that little bit easier. In addition to the large hole in the bottom of the tray for routing cables through you will notice the gaping opening underneath where the CPU commonly sits. This is to provide easy access to the reverse side of the motherboard so you can remove the CPU cooler without having to remove the whole board from the machine. This makes reapplying thermal compound or switching your cooler quick and easy. To help the novices Cooler Master has provided a guide for installing the motherboard standoffs.

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Unfortunately the tray isn’t actually removable so you will have to install the motherboard straight into the case. While some may miss the inclusion of a removable tray, in some ways it is a smart move on Cooler Master’s part. Not having a removable tray has allowed them to maintain rigidity and strength in the chassis while minimising weight and materials. Installing your graphics and expansion cards in the machine is completely tool-less thanks to the clip mechanism, however you can still use screws in addition if you are worried about the limited safety the clip offers.

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There are five 5.25” bays in the chassis which make use of Cooler Master’s quick release tool-less mechanism. After removing the front plate from the fascia, you can slide the drive into the machine and use the push button mechanism to secure it into place.

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The hard drive bays are also identical to the ones we saw on the ATCS 840, utilising a completely tool-less installation system where the hard drives fit snugly into the removable brackets.

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The floor underneath the location for the PSU is vented with an additional bracket complete with a dust filter for an extra 140 or 120mm fan. PSU installation is straightforward; it simply slots into place and requires securing with screws on the rear.

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Looking down at the PSU at the opposite side of the case is the top 200mm exhaust fan which can be replaced by two 120mm fans or a radiator.

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Looking at the rear, in addition to PCI-E slot brackets and the exhaust fan you might notice the ‘Stormguard’ security feature just to the left. This is designed to allow you to run your cables through the system, meaning someone at a LAN or tournament won’t be able to quickly snatch your precious accessories.

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It is certainly an innovative idea and works particularly well as releasing peripherals using it requires removing the side panel which would certainly attract some unwanted attention for a thief.

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