The Cooler Master Storm Styker
When we start looking at computer chassis’ the first thing we need to consider is, is it going to be big enough to handle all of our computer components easily? While some of us can get away with a smaller mid-tower type of chassis, there are some of us that need a larger full tower chassis. This is due to the fact that some enthusiasts have just have way too much computer to be trying to fit it all inside of a smaller case. Many computer systems keep getting bigger due to elaborate water cooling setups and multi-GPU configurations, so the need is there for larger and more sophisticated cases. The full tower chassis has the ability to handle a multitude of different computer configurations with ease and provide owner with years of usability.
Legit Reviews is going to be looking at one of the many full tower offerings, the Storm Stryker from Cooler Master. To be honest with everyone, when I look at full tower chassis’ Cooler master happens to be one out of many of the top chassis manufacturers where I look at first. Cooler Master has always combined functionality, quality, while at the same time add a bit of style with their chassis’.
Built to be a amongst the most agile full-towers, Stryker becomes the
second in its class to include an ultra-strong carrying handle; allowing
a gamer to travel with the finest system configurations available with
The CM Storm Stryker includes features like a windowed side panel, full dust filter coverage, a fan controller, an external SSD drive hot-swap dock and two uniquely designed modular hard drive cages.
Cooler Master Storm Styker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Specifications
- Model: SGC-5000W-KWN1
- Color: Black and White
- Material: Appearance: Synthetic, Mesh front bezel; Case body: Steel
- Dimension: 250.0 x 605.6 x 578.5 mm / 9.8 x 23.8 x 22.8 inch
- Weight: 13.7 kg / 30.2 lb
- M/B Type: Micro-ATX, ATX, XL-ATX
- 5.25" Drive Bay: 9
- 3.5" Drive Bay: 8 (converted from 5.25" bays by 5.25"/3.5" Combo Cages)
- 2.5" Drive Bay: 13 (converted from 5.25" bays by 5.25"/3.5" Combo Cages)
- I/O Panel: USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, Audio In and Out (supports HD Audio)
- Expansion Slots: 9+1
- Cooling System:
- Front: 120mm LED fan x 2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
- Top: 200mm fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 23 dBA (converted to 120/140mm fan x 2)
- Rear: 140mm fan x 1, 1200 RPM, 19 dBA (converted to 120mm fan x 1)
- Bottom: 120mm fan x 2 (optional)
Giving the specifications of the Storm Stryker a quick look through, we can see that Cooler Master does make this chassis large enough to handle various different types of motherboards, and gives us plenty of options on what we want to install into the Storm Stryker. There is more to this chassis then what I have listed, in order for you to find out what these additions are; you will just have to read the review.
Before I jump right into the review of this chassis, I want to give you readers an idea this pricing of the Storm Stryker form Cooler Master goes for. The CM Storm Stryker can be found for $159.99 USD with free shipping. I will give out my thoughts on the pricing of this chassis as well as my personal overall thoughts about this chassis a bit later on in this review. The Cooler Master Storm Stryker comes in two color variations; we can get an all-White chassis, or an all-Black chassis.
Without further ado lets get on with this review, and see what the Cooler Master Storm Stryker has to offer.
Unboxing the Storm Stryker
Starting off on how Cooler Master packaged up the Storm Stryker, on the first panel or front of the box, Cooler master gives us the image of this chassis and that this chassis has USB 3 and 2.5” SSD support.
Rotating the box 90° to the right brings us to an end cap that gives us general specifications of the Storm Stryker chassis.
Rotating the box another 90° brings us to the backside of the box and here Cooler Master lists the features of this chassis, and on the bottom Cooler Master lists these features in multiple languages.
Another rotation brings us to the final end cap.
Opening up the box we can see Cooler Master packages up this chassis pretty much a standard way we have seen with countless of other chassis.
Now before I give you what Cooler Master includes as far as accessories, I need to remove the tray from the chassis where they are contained in. This is so I do not confuse you readers later on in the review. At the very bottom of the Storm Stryker chassis is a removable cover.
And on both sides of this removable cover are two little push clips that need to be pushed inwards so that we can remove it from the front bezel.
Looking just inside of the removable cover is a little tray that is secured to the chassis with two small screws. These screws need to be removed in order for us to remove the tray.
After the screws have been removed we can now remove the lower tray. It just slides right out of the chassis.
Then open up the tray, Cooler Master calls this a tool tray, and we can use this tool tray for just about anything we want. Put in excess chassis screws, tools, or just about anything we may need to use this tool tray for.
After removing the top of the tool tray we can see the included accessories Cooler Master includes with the Storm Stryker.
The contents of the included accessories should include:
- an EPS CPU power cable extension
- Motherboard Stand Offs
- Wire Ties
- Fan screws
- A PC Speaker
- Various Chassis screws that will be needed to secure all of our computer components into this chassis
- A 5.25” to 3.5” bay device adapter
What the Cooler Master Storm Stryker looks like outside of the confines of the box.
Storm Stryker Exteriror Thoughts
Time to look at the exterior of the Storm Stryker chassis; Cooler Master gives us up to 9 5.25” bays and one of these bays can be used for a 3.5” floppy drive.
The 5.25” bay covers utilize a fine metal mesh covering that will help in increased circulation, while keeping large particles from entering this chassis. On the backside of the 5.25” bay covers Cooler Master inserts a smaller mesh material to reduce these particles to micro sized. Right above the 5.25” bays is Cooler Master’s very own X-Dock feature, this docking bay is for those of us who have portable 2.5” HDD/SSDs and allows us to hook these smaller drives directly to this chassis without the need of an adapter.
Turning the chassis 90° to the right brings us to the left side panel. Cooler Master places a large side panel window; as well as, a large filtered ventilation port towards the front of the left side panel.
A word of note that both of these side panels protrude outwards by a significant amount, this will allow for more room behind the motherboard tray to hide PSU power cables, as well as give this chassis an intimidating look to it.
Time to look at the backside of this chassis, as we can see the Storm Stryker chassis follows a standard ATX layout design.
At the very top of this chassis, Cooler Master includes a fine mesh filter that can easily be removed.
Cooler Master includes 3 water cooling access ports; right below these access ports is a 140mm rear exhaust fan (We can also install a 120mm fan here if we want to).
What got me scratching my head on this chassis currently is the water cooling access ports. Two of these ports are fairly large and can accommodate the larger 3/4” sized hoses, while the third one is much smaller. And why is there only 3, and not 4?
Making our way down on the backside of this chassis, the Storm Stryker can utilize motherboards that are of the e-ATX design (Extended ATX) of motherboards that have 9 PCI expansion ports. To the right of the PCI expansion bays, is another Cooler Master unique feature that we can use to secure our mouse/keyboards to the chassis, to keep these two peripherals from growing legs and wandering off during lan parties, as they so often do at times.
To finish up the backside of the chassis brings us to the rear PSU mounting. Cooler Master uses multiple mounting holes so that we can use a multitude of different PSUs, and configurations with this chassis.
Rotating the chassis to right once again brings us to the right side panel. This side panel has the same design as the left side panel, except this side panel does not have a side window.
Starting from the front, Cooler Master includes two USB 3.0 ports (1 on each side), 2 USB 2 ports (Center), a Reset button (Bottom lower of the picture), on the other side of the chassis is where the front audio output, and mic input, and the HDD/Power indicator LEDs. And right in the center of the to front of this chassis is where the very large on/off button is located, a LED on/off button, and a fan controller.
Right behind all of the front IO ports of this chassis Cooler Master includes a carrying handle. Cooler Master puts a rubber coating over this carrying handle so that our hands won’t get damaged while we carry this chassis from one lan party to the next.
The entire back portion of the upper bezel has been vented and covered with a fine metal mesh to keep large objects from entering the chassis, while keeping ventilation at its highest.
Removing the upper Bezel required that both side panels be removed and 4 small clips be pushed back and the top bezel removed. Up towards the front of the chassis since the upper bezel been removed we can see the control circuitry that Cooler Master uses on the Storm Stryker chassis, and we also a get better look at how Cooler Master incorporates the carrying handle.
The carrying handle is directly secured to the top of chassis main frame, by the use of pop rivets.
While these will provide the necessary strength to keep this handle firmly attached to the chassis, I would have personally liked to have seen this carrying handle secured using bolts with nuts. Again this is more of a personal preference not a necessity and will vary from one person to the next.
The top of the chassis can mount not only a single 200mm fan; it can also mount two 140/120mm fans here.
What the front of the Storm Stryker chassis looks like from the front with out the front bezel. The lower six 5.25” bays uses two of Cooler Master’s unique feature four in three HDD/SSD carriers.
Looking at the bottom of the Storm Stryker chassis.
Cooler Master ensures that the PSU filter is easily removable for if and when we need to clean it.
The front fan filter is also easily removable for if and when it may need to be cleaned.
Looking at the feet of this chassis, Cooler Master uses an aluminum/plastic type of feet with a rubber bottom insert to keep us from scratching our surfaces which we may be placing this chassis on.
I did not include a picture of the front bottom of this chassis, but from the looks of it appears we can install another two 120mm fans here for better ventilation. Hmm, which has me wondering on what else could I possibly install here, as well as the top of the chassis?
Storm Stryker Interior Thoughts
Since I made my way around the exterior of the Storm Stryker chassis, it is time for me to make my way to the interior portion of this chassis.
Starting off on the upper 5.25” bays, we can see that these bays use a standard mounting configuration.
Cooler Master includes two four in three HDD/SSD carriers, and each of these carriers utilize a removable 120mm fan to help cool our HDD/SSDs.
Both of the four in three HDD/SSD carriers can be removed by removing the two thumb screws that secure them to the removable 5.25” device bay sides. There will be 1 on each side of each HDD/SSD carrier.
After removing the thumb screws we can now remove the four in three HDD/SSD carriers from the chassis.
Now each fan uses two connectors, one is to power the fan itself, while the other connector is for the LEDs on the fan. They will need to be disconnected, if you wish to completely remove the HDD/SSD carriers.
Now time for me to remove the four 5.25” device bay sides; there again will be two thumb screws that will secure these device bay sides to the chassis.
Each of the 5.25” bay device sides use a rubber isolator to help reduce any unwanted noise from our HDD/SSDs.
These can also back up as a fully functional 5.25” device bay.
This is what I have currently with all of the four in three HDD/SSD carriers removed alongside with the 5.25” device bay sides removed. Instead of having the four in three HDD/SSD carriers point to the side of the chassis, I will have them point towards the front of the chassis.
On each of the 5.25” device bay sides is a guide that these sides can only be installed in a specific way.
Now just install these device bay sides towards the sides of the four posts of this chassis. And secure it fully to the chassis.
If you want your HDD/SSD carriers to point towards the front of the chassis, this support needs to be removed. There is a single screw on both sides that secure it to the chassis.
After you removed the above support bar, and get all of the device bay sides back in the chassis we can install the four in three HDD/SSD carriers.
And there you have it, the four in three HDD/SSD carriers, and the 5.25” device bay sides have been rotated towards the front of the chassis.
This procedure looks/sounds more complicated then what it really is, it just requires a little bit of time and patience.
Looking at the included peripheral securing mechanism that Cooler Master includes on the Storm Stryker chassis. As we can see it is nothing more than a modified PCI expansion bay cover. It is a simple deterrent that should provide the necessary security to keep our peripherals from growing legs and wondering off.
Looking at the rear 140mm exhaust fan, if you have not noticed that all of the fans on this chassis are completley white.
A quick look at the included upper 200mm exhaust fan.
The bundle of wires that connect to the fans and the entire front IO ports of this chassis.
The CPU cutout on the Storm Stryker chassis is large enough to handle just about any computer motherboards configuration or type of motherboard on the market today.
Imprinted on the motherboard tray is where Cooler Master makes sure we all know who built and designed this chassis.
And right below the Designed by Cooler Master, is a quick motherboard installation reference guide.
Right below the 5.25” device bays is where we can install two 120mm fans.
Measuring from the PCI expansion ports to the back side of 5.25” device bay support we get right at 12.5” of clearance for us to install our video cards with.
Measuring the area behind the motherboard tray, we get right at 5/8” of room to hide our PSU power cables. Being that the both side panels extrude outwards I will not be overly concerned with available room to hide all of my power cables from the PSU.
Now if I measure the amount of room that is on the backside of the 5.25” device bays we get roughly 1.25” of room to hide our PSU power cables and SATA DATA cables.
There was a little box that was just placed inside of this chassis; this is for us to mount our HDD/SSD to. There are a total of eight of these individual HDD/SSD carriers.
Each of these individual HDD/SSD carriers are a tool-less design for the larger 3.5” HDDs.
Right directly in the center of these individual HDD/SSD carriers are mounting holes for our smaller 2.5” HDD/SSDs. I like how Cooler Master molded the plastic to have their name in it. This helps years later when you are trying to find parts when you go to expand your storage devices or go to sell the case.
Sitting just behind the 5.25” device bays is a smaller 2.5” HDD/SSD carrier. So counting up all of the HDD/SSD installation options we can install 8 3.5” HDDs, or up to 12 2.5” HDD/SSDs into this chassis, not counting the front X-Dock. The smaller 2.5” laptop HDDs has the same exact bolt pattern as the 2.5” SSDs.
I would like to add that this chassis is solidly built, and that all of the edges of this chassis were rounded off to keep me from shredding my hands and arms as I made my way around this review of the Storm Styker chassis.
Installing Hardware into the Storm Stryker
Time for me to install my personal computer into the Storm Stryker chassis, installing the motherboard went by fairly smooth, and we can start to see that this chassis has a fairly large interior.
Since I was curious about a couple of things with this particular chassis I started measure the bottom front of the chassis to check for clearances to see it is tall enough to handle a dual 120mm radiator. Looking at the measurement I have roughly 3.5” of room here from the bottom of the chassis to the bottom of the 5.25 device bays. Now keep in mind this is only possible if I leave the tool-tray out of the chassis. I will also have to remove the small 2.5” HDD/SSD cage.
Form the looks of things; I could easily install a dual 120mm radiator up here, possibly a dual 140mm radiator. But unfortunately I cannot verify the fitting of a dual 140mm radiator as I do not have one currently.
Directly above the motherboard I have roughly 2.75” of room here.
Now the bottom front of this chassis can easily handle a dual 120mm radiator, the absolute largest type of radiator you will be able to fit here a dual pass, dual row, and dual 120mm radiator here. As, the lower four in three HDD/SSD carrier will be the limiting factor (if it is being used).
Since I am planning on installing my dual 120mm Swiftech radiator into this chassis I need to remove the 2.5” HDD/SSD cage from this chassis. There will be four small screws that secure it to this chassis.
The Swiftech dual 120mm radiator fully installed into this chassis, once again you will lose the tool-tray and the extra 2.5” HDD/SSD cage if you install a radiator here.
Cooler Master includes an extra LED power connector, none of the other fans use LEDs. So I am thinking we could plug in extra LEDs into this power connector so that we can turn them on or off from the front IO button.
Do Not hook this up to the motherboard, this is a powered connector.
I wanted to show you how the security device works on this chassis. Run a small portion of the mouse/keyboard cable through the large cut out, and then wrap it around the modified PCI expansion bay cover.
Then secure it to the chassis.
Now when installing the 3.5” HDDs, we need to slide the HDD onto one side of the pins of the individual HDD carrier, then carefully bend the opposite side away for the HDD and then lift it up into place locking onto the HDD. If you use too much pressure bending these carriers, you will break them.
The 3.5” HDD fully installed into the individual HDD carrier.
The 2.5” HDD/SSD just requires us to align up the mounting holes of the drive to the individual HDD/SSD carrier and use the appropriate screws to secure them to the carrier.
The 2.5” HDD/SSD fully installed.
Since this review is winding coming to a close, let see how the back side of the motherboard tray looks like now that all of the hardware is installed into the Storm Stryker chassis.
Replacing the right side panel was not hard, as the extruded part of the side panel did make more than enough room to keep the power cables from closing up the chassis. But would have made it easier, would have had the side panels swing open and close, instead of the traditional slide locking way. This is more of a personal taste as it will improve the overall use of this chassis.
Looking at the CPU cutout on the motherboard tray, just as I figured this CPU cutout is large enough to accommodate just about any motherboard and motherboard configuration.
What everything looks once I get all of my wires tucked away and the entire computer components fully installed into the Storm Stryker.
Looking at the use of the X-Dock that is incorporated in with the Storm Stryker chassis; I am using a 2.5” HDD from a laptop for my demonstration, as 2.5” laptop HDDs and SSDs have a lot of similarities in both mounting and in their size.
Night time shot of the Cooler Master Storm Stryker.
Here is an close up picture of the top front of the Storm Stryker chassis while it is running. This chassis looks rather intimidating once we get up close and personal with it.
Final Thoughts of the Cooler Master Storm Stryker
The Storm Stryker full tower chassis is large enough to handle just about any type of computer components we wish to use with it. It is also solidly built and portable, which is where having a chassis that is solidly built really starts to shine; because this chassis can not only handle our ever increasing weight of our computer components this chassis can with stand being moved around constantly and still retain its rigidity. The ability to customize the Storm Stryker chassis to suit your personal computing requirements is also a big plus. And to top it all off, Cooler Master adds a lot of class and style to this chassis so that when we show off our computer system to our friends and family it is sure to draw attention.
Now there are a couple of areas on where I feel that Cooler Master can improve on with this chassis or with future chassis’. I want to point out these are just personal preference, and may or may not reflect your personal thoughts. I would like to have seen this chassis use a swing out door style, instead of the sliding lock style that is in play for the side panels. This would make opening and closing the side panels a lot easier for us computer users. The final area I think that could use improvement is the carrying handle; I would have preferred to have seen the use of nuts and bolts that secures this handle to the main chassis’ frame. In my experiences with pop-rivets they have a tendency of working themselves loose after a while of usage.
The Cooler Master Storm Stryker is backed by a two year warranty and is available online for $159.99 with free shipping. Considering what this chassis has to offer, I feel this is more than a fair price to have a chassis of this quality. The Cooler Master Storm Stryker is available in your choice of black or white and both colors have the same MSRP.
Legit Bottom Line: The Cooler master Storm Stryker is a chassis is another prime example of Cooler Masters attention to detail on combining functionality, and usability while adding a lot of style to this chassis.