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Ohmycaptain Sep 27, 11
At the end of the article, it reads "at $189 it is well below the price of other high-end cases such as the Corsair 800T". It's the 800D, not 800T


Looks like a really great case, though. Glad more and more companies are taking Corsair's cable management grommets and implementing them in their cases.

I just don't like cases without side panel windows, which is why I would never spend $190 on that case. IMO, the Corsair 650D is a better option than the CM Storm Trooper, but that's just based on personal preference for looks.

Also, plastic on a high end case ($180+) is not acceptable to me. All Aluminum or Aluminum/Steel should be the only materials used on the exterior of the case.
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Vagabond Sep 27, 11
quote Ohmycaptain
At the end of the article, it reads "at $189 it is well below the price of other high-end cases such as the Corsair 800T". It's the 800D, not 800T


Looks like a really great case, though. Glad more and more companies are taking Corsair's cable management grommets and implementing them in their cases.

I just don't like cases without side panel windows, which is why I would never spend $190 on that case. IMO, the Corsair 650D is a better option than the CM Storm Trooper, but that's just based on personal preference for looks.

Also, plastic on a high end case ($180+) is not acceptable to me. All Aluminum or Aluminum/Steel should be the only materials used on the exterior of the case.
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Also, it comes down to personal preferences. Some people really like the look of cases such as the HAF-X, which uses plastic and steel while others prefer an all metal frame.

I tend to like aluminum, but this case really looks good even with plastic bezels.
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Ohmycaptain Sep 27, 11
It does look pretty sweet! After getting my 800D (First case with all aluminum/steel), I can't even imagine getting a case with plastic on the exterior.


I had the NZXT Phantom for about a month, and the plastic actually made noise. Like when a house 'settles' and you hear creaks and cracks, the case did that. I hated it. The case was awesome looking, for sure, but the plastic sucked. Also, I just can't have a case without a side window. I want to see how pretty its guts are
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Edgarstrong Sep 27, 11
quote Ohmycaptain
At the end of the article, it reads "at $189 it is well below the price of other high-end cases such as the Corsair 800T". It's the 800D, not 800T


Looks like a really great case, though. Glad more and more companies are taking Corsair's cable management grommets and implementing them in their cases.

I just don't like cases without side panel windows, which is why I would never spend $190 on that case. IMO, the Corsair 650D is a better option than the CM Storm Trooper, but that's just based on personal preference for looks.

Also, plastic on a high end case ($180+) is not acceptable to me. All Aluminum or Aluminum/Steel should be the only materials used on the exterior of the case.
I also like the looks of Corsair 650T however I keep hearing about its poor airflow. What I ideally would love to have is a smaller version of this Trooper case AND with the addition of a side window. Since apparently such case doesn't exist (because all mid tower cases seem to either have poor airflow, ugly looks or no side window) I guess I will be searching forever:(
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Qwark Sep 27, 11
quote Ohmycaptain
It does look pretty sweet! After getting my 800D (First case with all aluminum/steel), I can't even imagine getting a case with plastic on the exterior.


I had the NZXT Phantom for about a month, and the plastic actually made noise. Like when a house 'settles' and you hear creaks and cracks, the case did that. I hated it. The case was awesome looking, for sure, but the plastic sucked. Also, I just can't have a case without a side window. I want to see how pretty its guts are
It does look damn slick, great review leochan. And damn, I didn't know that about the Phantom , It's a good thing I didn't buy it yesterday when I was looking at it on Newegg! Thanks for the heads up.
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Ohmycaptain Sep 27, 11
quote Edgarstrong
I also like the looks of Corsair 650T however I keep hearing about its poor airflow. What I ideally would love to have is a smaller version of this Trooper case AND with the addition of a side window. Since apparently such case doesn't exist (because all mid tower cases seem to either have poor airflow, ugly looks or no side window) I guess I will be searching forever:(

The 650D is a great case, if you like the way it looks, buy it. It doesn't have poor airflow at all.

Qwark - The Phantom is a fantastic case for the price, I'd recommend it to anyone who liked the way it looked and wanted it. I just don't like cases without side panel windows, and the plastic is what adds to its looks. Couldn't really have made that case with all aluminum/steel. It's all steel except for the top and front bezel. Sturdy case, the plastic just made a little noise from time to time.
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Qwark Sep 27, 11
Ah, okay. I thought it was like a constant everyday thing. Still, I'm going to look around some more before I make a decision. I saw the new Corsair 400r/500r and I'm leaning a little towards those.
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Supernova1332 Sep 28, 11
quote leochan
With all the Storms brewing over at Cooler Master's case department, you'd think something called the Storm Trooper would have showed up sooner.
Not with George Lucas' laywers on the job.

Nice case but the decision to make the only two intake fans point to the side of the case across the hard drives was a poor decision. Surely its a different look than the 800 other cases that have an intake from front to back but the airflow is less efficient. Otherwise looks like a great case with a wide set of features.
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Vagabond Sep 28, 11
quote Supernova1332
quote leochan
With all the Storms brewing over at Cooler Master's case department, you'd think something called the Storm Trooper would have showed up sooner.
Not with George Lucas' laywers on the job.

Nice case but the decision to make the only two intake fans point to the side of the case across the hard drives was a poor decision. Surely its a different look than the 800 other cases that have an intake from front to back but the airflow is less efficient. Otherwise looks like a great case with a wide set of features.
The hard drive bays can be rotated and that will position the fans to push air into the case. We didn't test that way though, because out of the box the fans were set to the side. I really would have liked to see a side intake fan though.
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Supernova1332 Sep 28, 11
Oh, cool. Must have skimmed over that.
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duneworld Sep 29, 11
The photography in these reviews is fantastic, but the images themselves are too small in size for me to get a good look at details. Is there any way we can get larger images?
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Vagabond Sep 29, 11
quote duneworld
The photography in these reviews is fantastic, but the images themselves are too small in size for me to get a good look at details. Is there any way we can get larger images?
Are the images in the gallery too small as well ?

http://img.neoseeker.com/v_image.php?type=article&articleid=2902&image=1
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duneworld Sep 30, 11
quote Vagabond
Are the images in the gallery too small as well ?

http://img.neoseeker.com/v_image.php?type=article&articleid=2902&image=1
Yes, I find 800x600 a bit small. I appreciate that this is done to accommodate low bandwidth users, of which I would consider myself to be one, but I think it would be an improvement if some way could be found to provide larger images such as, for example, 1024x768.
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Vagabond Oct 1, 11
quote duneworld
quote Vagabond
Are the images in the gallery too small as well ?

http://img.neoseeker.com/v_image.php?type=article&articleid=2902&image=1
Yes, I find 800x600 a bit small. I appreciate that this is done to accommodate low bandwidth users, of which I would consider myself to be one, but I think it would be an improvement if some way could be found to provide larger images such as, for example, 1024x768.
Next review we will play around with increasing the images to 1024x768, but it will only change the size of the images in the gallery. Unfortunately, the images in the review have a set size they have to be in order to fit properly in the article.
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