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Cooler Master Storm Sniper

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Posted February 12, 2009 by Jake in Cases & PSU

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Cooler Master has indeed been very busy updating their product lineup of late, particularly in their chassis department, which has been a bit overdue in our opinion.  It’s great to see the new approach they’re taking with their Storm series, targeting enthusiast wants and needs in both style and function.  With a successful pedigree in design and production, Cooler Master has quite a bit to live up to. 

The Storm Sniper does not disappoint in that regard, with a refreshing industrial look that strikes a sharp balance between edgy appeal and sleek restraint.  It is an aesthetic that has crossover appeal, not limited strictly to the gamers in the market.  This bodes well for Cooler Master, but also for consumers looking for greater flexibility and quality in a well-rounded setup.

Functionally speaking, the Sniper has a tidy and spacious interior that shows attention has been paid to the details that make a difference.  The feature set here is outstanding, including excellent cable management opportunities, friendly tool-less design (the expansion port mechanism the one exception), extensive cooling options, and versatility of control with the system setup and operation. Though there are only a couple very minor nuisances, what the Sniper offers far outweighs any detractions, making quite an impression on us and assembling a system quite an enjoyable experience.

At an approximate price tag of $180 USD, the Storm Sniper does not come cheap.  It sits in a market segment that is above “regular” but below “exclusive”, resting somewhere in the “premium” area.  There are a few serious contenders at this price, which interestingly enough include a few of Cooler Master’s own products.  But a successful combination of aesthetics, features, and quality are a rare breed, and the Storm Sniper accomplishes just that.

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Our thanks go to Cooler Master for providing the Storm Sniper for this review.

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