CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review :: Exterior

02-11-2010 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Elric Phares

Starting off with the front of the case we find that Cooler Master has installed five 5.25” drive bays for external ODD drives. The bottom drive bay has an adapter for a FDD if you need it or you can alternatively not install a FDD as most people don’t have a use for them. There is a 200mm fan with crosshair pattern below the 3.5” drive bay.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Front

Front

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Left ¾ views

Left ¾ views

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Right ¾ views

Right ¾ views

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Left Side

Left Side


The top of the case is rather interesting. Their self-styled Control Panel is in this location. The first thing is the Power button followed by a fan control knob which turns the fans to fast mode if you turn it to the right. Below the Power button is the Reset button, it blends with the case. To the right of the Fan Control knob is the Front Panel I/O.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Top Down

Top Down

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Top

Top

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Power and Fan Control

Power and Fan Control

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review I/O

I/O


The Front Panel I/O on the case is very extensive; with every connector one would expect from a top quality case. These include four USB 2.0 ports, external SATA port, Firewire, Microphone and Headphone jacks for the Front Panel Audio and LED lights for HDD activity and System activity. As you can see, the FP I/O has nearly everything.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Sniper

Sniper

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Rear

Rear

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Right side

Right side

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Rear ¾ view

Rear ¾ view


Behind the Control Panel is a handle for carrying the case. This handle looks like the gun barrel of a gun and has two handles on each side of the top of the case to carry the case easily from location to location. The left side of the case has a mesh which allows the user to see inside the case without a window. The left side of the case is bare.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Bottom

Bottom

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Foot

Foot

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Filter off front fan

Filter off front fan

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review front fan

front fan


The bottom of the case has four feet which slide out providing a stable base from which to place the case on the floor. The bundle also includes four rubber feet which can give the case a higher elevation than regularly without the feet. The back of the case has two holes for the water cooling if you should want to install it. Below the holes is a 120mm fan, with the Rear I/O installed next to the fan. There are seven PCI slot covers for the motherboard with an eighth slot for the StormGuard device. The PSU is installed on the bottom of the case with two more holes for a bottom mounted water cooling unit.