Cooler Master Storm Enforcer (SGC-1 000-KWN1) Review
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Cooler Master has just released another Midi Tower Gaming Computer Case. Today we had the opportunity to learn what it is better than its predecessor, and how well it cools the system. Details – in this review.
Appeared not so long ago, the label CM Storm brings their flag corps Cooler Master, targeted primarily at gamers and enthusiasts LAN-party. In the market represented by an entire line of computer cases with the logo of CM Storm. In addition to superior performance and build quality, characteristic for all products Cooler Master, the body of this line also will be users of the low price. In this review, we’ll talk about one of them – Cooler Master Storm Enforcer (SGC-1000-KWN1).
CM Storm Enforcer came in a glossy black box, colorfully illustrating the involvement of the housing to the gaming industry. For the convenience of transportation on the side panels are provided pens-notch.
In general, the concept of case somewhat resembles the well-known Cooler Master HAF 922 – the same black and red color palette, the air vents of the fine grid and a large side window. However, the Enforcer has found a smoother line, recalling the warrior, clad in armor, rather than military hardware.
The front panel looks quite succinctly, in part due to the door, behind which is located four 5.25-inch bays, one of which can also be used to accommodate a 3.5-inch device. Below is a four-section ventilation grid is a 200-mm fan with red illumination.
The Quick Access Toolbar put to join top and front faces, here you’ll find four USB, two of which support the third version of the interface, audio connectors, indicators of system activity and the power button. In order to avoid accidental pressing the reset button located behind the front door.
The left side panel (viewed from the front housing) is not intended to set the fans, the transparent window is only for decorative purposes.
The right sidewall, however, does not even have decorative elements, its surface is completely flat.
All that is necessary for the assembly system is supplied:
- User’s Guide;
- Rails for mounting 3.5-inch drives;
- Fixing set;
- Adapter for mounting a 2.5-inch drive or SSD;
- System-in speaker;
- Disposable cable ties;
- Device for protecting peripherals from theft.
Inside the case it is large enough: together with a motherboard micro ATX format or ATX can accommodate up to four 5.25-inch devices, one of which can be replaced by a 3.5-inch with on the front panel, for example, memory card reader. Also, in the Enforcer there are room for six hard drives standard size. In addition, you can install and SSD-drive, which is a separate removable basket of small size.
The motherboard is mounted on a standard rack brass screws in the kit. Problems should arise here.
The power supply module is placed fairly easy by standard Glacial Power, plenty of room to spare. If you use an oversized power supply unit can be disassembled basket for a 2.5-inch drives. The power cables are routed without difficulty for the motherboard tray because of the numerous cutouts.
In the active cooling processor heatsink picture is very mixed. On the one hand, the video card and hard drive in the enclosure much more comfortable than on the open bench, on the other – the CPU and motherboard CM Storm Enforcer created less favorable conditions. I should say that although the difference is not so great, but noticeable – in some modes the motherboard was hotter by 5 degrees compared to the same rate when working out of the box, and the processor – all at 3-4, depending on the mode of operation. Let’s see what will change in the regime of passive cooling.
Of course, the system has maintained its performance, but the mode of maximum load on the CPU had to be abandoned – too high temperature, even in less extreme conditions. In the passive cooling of the CPU shortage outflow of hot air becomes more visible, an additional exhaust fan on the top panel would not be amiss. However, the video card and hard drive, front-blown fan, feels quite comfortable, the difference in temperatures compared with the regime of active cooling is small.
Of course, modern gaming computer case, interior space which may be rescheduled depending on the user’s needs and aggressive design will look decent on the LAN-party, at a price of 130 USD will truly be an attractive option to build the gaming system. Of course, not without its drawbacks, including low efficiency of the standard cooling system. However, it does not darken the general pleasant impression created by this computer case.