Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review :: Exterior

05-01-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Ben Sun

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Left side

Left side

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Right side

Right side

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Front panel off

Front panel off

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Front

Front


Once you open the case you can see the care Cooler Master has put into the design. First thing you'll notice is the all-black interior. Cooler Master has painted the inside of the case so it looks the same as the outside. There are five 5.25" drive bays on the case meaning that you can install four optical drives and a FDD or five optical drives. Below the 5.25" drive bays is the HDD rack.


Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review 5.25

5.25" Drive bays

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review All drive bays

All drive bays

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review HDD Rack

HDD Rack

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Top fan

Top fan


The Scout has six 3.5" HDD bays for up to six hard disks. The case supports 2.5" and 1.8" SSD drives with adapters for those size drives. The motherboard tray supports micro ATX and full size ATX motherboards. There is a paper cutout that shows where the standoffs should be installed in the case for each motherboard class with a guide and letters guiding the user. There is a 120mm fan on the rear of the case above the IO area.


Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review IO area

IO area

Cooler Master CM Storm Scout Case Review Top down view

Top down view


The bottom of the case is where the PSU lies. The case can take all ATX PS/2 PSUs and in fact can take the longer PSUs on the market. Above the PSU area are the seven PCI slots. Note the last PCI slot is taken up by the StormGuard which I've already described. The top of the case has room for a 140mm fan if needed. The motherboard tray has a cutout in the area where the CPU cooler lies. You can remove the CPU cooler and bracket/retention mechanism without removing the motherboard.