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Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II

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Posted September 25, 2012 by Kenny in Cases & PSU

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Overview

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Release Date: September 25th, 2012
 
Price at time of Review: MSRP is $99.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Versatility, Good air flow with the option of 9 x 120mm fans, Good Portability
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Only one fan provided, might need an 8pin CPU extension cable, internal spacing might pose a few minor problems with some water-cooling units
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are looking for portability without having to sacrifice space, the Cooler Master CM Storm Scout II will fit the bill, as it includes the ability to fit a full size ATX motherboard and Full size graphics card without modifications.
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Build

To show you our build in the Scout II chassis we used:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
CPU Cooler: Corsair A70
Ram: Crucial 8GB Sport (2x4GB)
PSU: OCZ 600watt ModXStealth
GPU: Zotac GTX 470
Drives: 2.5″ 160GB Hard Drive
3.5″ 500GB Seagate Hard Drive
Samsung Optinal DVD-RW

Additional Cooling fans: 4 x 120mm Cooler Master Fans

 

As you can see below we didn’t have any problems fitting in all of our hardware. In fact, we ran into no trouble with installation. Fit and form in the Scout II was great.

Here is just another angle of the installation. As you can see, even our full size GTX 470 didn’t have problems with installation even with the hard drive cage still in-tact.

Moving around to the rear of the chassis, the extended space in the rear made the cable management much easier, and once everything was zip-tied down the panel closed without struggle. One item to note here is, due to the OCZ power supply that we used, the 8pin CPU cable was a bit on the short side. This forced us to use an 8pin extension to be able to route the cable to the rear for cleaner cable management. This is something to consider if you have a power supply with short cables.

As we mentioned earlier in the review, if you are planning to use a 240mm rad or all-in-one water-cooled kit, you might encounter some problems. With our 2 x 120mm fans installed the spacing between the motherboard and fans was rather close. We had less then 1/2″ of space. This can pose some problems for those looking to use this chassis for water cooling, so plan¬†accordingly.

Here we take a look at the top with the fans installed and filter removed. This is a great re-design from Cooler Master, as two fans here at the top will help exhaust the hot air from the chassis much better. The removable filter will make cleaning much easier also.

Now moving to the front we installed 2 x 120mm fans in the front as intake. This will help bring the cold air into the case from the front. We can see some potential modding of this chassis as there is plenty of space at the front for a possible 240mm rad. Currently, it won’t fit without mods, but we can see the potential modders doing this due to the spacing that is available.

Here is the optional 2.5″ hard drive hardware included. This will allow you to mount a 2.5″ SSD or hard drive in case it was not included with your drive. The mounting solution was easy and the fit and form was A+ here.

Here’s another look at the hardware for the hard drives. The tool-less design made things very easy.

Here is the final look of the Scout II with the side panels on and the build complete. It looks rather nice and the finishing of the chassis is great.

Here’s a closer look at the side panel back on and the hardware showing through the window. We opted not to install fans on the window’s side panel here, but there is plenty of space if you want to add them. As we mentioned early on, Cooler Master only Included one fan with the Chassis, so if you want to add more you will need to purchase them separately.

Here’s another quick look at the front, where we chose to install the DVD Rom at the bottom of the three 5.25″ bays. This made our cable management easier, but if you need to mount it at the top you will not encounter any problems.

Here is a quick look at the rear, and as you can see, it’s a clean install. We had no issues to report.

¬†Now that you have seen the complete build let’s sum things up with our impression of the Scout II.

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