As we take a look at the exterior aesthetics of this chassis, our first impression here is that the glossy white finish with black accents is attractive and elegant. In fact, the pictures from this review really don’t do it justice. The finishing on this chassis is outstanding. Looking closer we can appreciate the full side window. The panel was designed well, and allows you to show off any expensive components you want to install. Another great feature here is the ventilated side over the double hard drive bays.
Here’s a closer look at the ventilated side for the double hard drive bays. You can see behind the mesh grill there are 2x 120mm fans that allow the air to be pushed through.
When we have a look at the reverse side panel, we see that they added the mesh grill on the other side as well. This is great for airflow for the hard drive bays, and will help keep your equipment nice and cool. Looking a little closer, we can see that the panel is also reverse-recessed (outward). This allows for additional space for PSU cable management. This is a great feature because of the sheer amount of cables that can go into a build. This outwardly recessed area gives you an additional 1/2″ of space.
Moving along to the front of the chassis, we see the white and black contrast here. This is really what makes this chassis stand out. The 5.25″ bay panels are black mesh, which also improves air flow for keeping those components cool.
Taking a closer look at the top front, (right below the top panel) we see that Cooler Master has included an SSD 2.5″ Drive dock. This is something we don’t see everyday and is a great touch. With the rising popularity of SSD’s, this great feature will allow you to switch out your portable SSD drives easily.
On the lower section of the front panel the signature CM Storm logo is here. This is not only just an aesthetically pleasing feature, but is also a removable cover to reveal one of Cooler Master’s most unique accessories included with the Stryker. We will explain this in further detail in a moment.
At the rear of the chassis we see a total of 10 PCI expansion slots. We have 9+1. This is nine on the mother board side and one PCI slot for any accessories you may be running. This was a great addition as sometimes we tend to lose room for the accessories that require a PCI slot especially if you are running multiple graphics cards. We also have three rubber grommets for those planning to run external water cooling or external accessories, (1x 1/2″ in diameter and 2x 3/4″ in diameter).
Also, at the top center, we see an opening that allows for a removable fan filter tray. This gives you quick easy access to remove the filter for cleaning. We will be taking a closer look at this feature as we move along.
With a closer look at the fan mounted to the rear of the chassis we see that Cooler Master has included pre-drilled holes for either 120mm or 140mm fans. We also get another close look at the grommets for an external water cooling or other accessory.
As we move along to the bottom of the chassis here we see two dust filters along with four rubber feet. Cooler Master uses separate filters for the lower fans and PSU, which is a useful design choice.
Here is a closer look at the dust filter for the lower fans. We have easy access from the front which is a great change from the typical dust filter removal at the rear of the chassis. However, the PSU dust filter will still need to be removed from the rear.
Here’s just a quick glance at the feet of the chassis. These are not your typical cheesy stick-on feet we find with many chassis. They are securely screwed into place and are easily strong enough to hold the weight of the case even if fully loaded.
Moving along to the top of the Storm Stryker we get a great look at the unique design here. The top sturdy handle allows you to move it with ease, and you can see more of the mesh ventilation. Also, here’s another angle for you to see the reversed-recessed panel for the additional cable management clearance.
At the top front of the case you will see a control panel. There is a large power button in the middle, and it is also accompanied by a built in fan controller with a switch for lights on the included fans. Another thing worth mentioning here is that the fan controller has 3 LED sections that light up right below the power button, and shows the current speed the fans are running. They light up in red along with the CM Storm logo that lights up when your system is powered on. We also have the power & hard drive LEDs, 4x USB ports (2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports), 3.5m mic and headphone jack and a reset button. Everything here is clearly labeled and also available for easy access.
Here’s another look at the rear of the top panel and the mesh ventilation for the top fans. This will help the hot air from inside the chassis to escape out the top.
Now lets dive deeper into the interior section of the chassis.