Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Mid-Tower Case ReviewThu, Mar 05, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Moving Inside the Sniper
With the side off the Sniper we can get a good overall look at the inside. There is ample room inside the Sniper, so fitting even the biggest video cards on the market should not be an issue. To help take out the guess work as to where the motherboard mount post should go Cooler Master has a paper cheat sheet taped in place.
Looking to the front of the Sniper we can see the drive cages. There is room for five 5.25 drives and five 3.5” drives. All of the Snipers drive cages are tool-less, and all the drive rails are fixed, so no worries about losing them. To lock the drive in place you just push the button until it clicks and the rail extends posts into the drive. There are no locking rails on the right, but you can add in drive screws if you want.
The hard drive trays are tool-less as well. The trays clip into place with a cam lock. Each tray has four rubber isolated mount posts that hold the drive and absorb drive vibrations. For the belt and suspender types out there, there is also a place for you to add in drive screws. If you don’t have a need for this many drive bays this whole cage can be removed from the case.
Here is a closer look at the hard drive mount posts.
Looking to the back and top of the Sniper we can see the rear 120mm fan and water cooling tube pass through grommets.
Just below that we have the tool-less expansion card retention system. We can also see the peripheral security retention bracket, called StormGuard. Looping the cables for your mouse, keyboard, and head phones through this will slow down the less than upstanding attendees of a LAN party from walking off with your stuff.