CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review :: Interior

02-11-2010 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Elric Phares

Opening the case is pretty easy. There are four thumb screws holding the sides of the case to the case. Unscrewing the screws and sliding off the side panels reveals the interior of the case. The left side door is a mesh design with a 200mm fan on the side. The pattern of the mesh is broken up by metal bars, reinforcing the military look.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Side panel

Side panel

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Side fan

Side fan

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Motherboard tray

Motherboard tray

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Rear fan

Rear fan


The motherboard area is fitted to install an m-ATX or full-sized ATX motherboard. There is a paper inlay that shows the user the positions to install the stand-offs. The tray is not removable, but there is a large hole for removing the CPU Bracket and cooler without removing the motherboard from the case beforehand.

There are five 5.25 bays and five 3.5 drive bays on this case. One change from the previous Sniper case is the addition of support for SSD 2.5 drives. The bottom 5.25 drive bay has an adapter for FDDs if you want, but the use of FDDs is extremely limited as everything a FDD can do a Flash USB drive can do. The drive bays are tool-less with no need for screws. .


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review 5.25 drive bays

5.25 drive bays

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review 3.5 drive bays

3.5 drive bays

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Top 200mm fan

Top 200mm fan

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Rear I/O

Rear I/O


The system has a 200mm top fan, a 200mm front fan and a 200mm fan on the side panel. There is also a 120mm fan on the rear of the case for cooling the motherboard area. This is identical to the Sniper Storm in configuration, and there is also a 140mm bottom fan. Three 200mm fans are excellent for ventilation of the system.


CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review PSU Fan filter

PSU Fan filter

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Bottom fan mount

Bottom fan mount

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Water-cooling holes

Water-cooling holes

CoolerMaster Sniper Black Edition Review Water-cooling holes

Water-cooling holes


The Rear I/O area of the case has room for 7 PCI slots for expansion cards. The slots use a plastic clip to hold the card into place. Alternatively, you can also screw them into place if you wish. Cooler Master decided to include their StormGuard PCI slot cover. The way it works is you thread your mouse or keyboard wire through the holes and screw it into the PCI slot. Short of opening the case and removing the StormGuard, would-be thieves are deterred. The PSU area is on the bottom of the case.