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The top front panel is a little unique on the CM Storm Sniper. Not only does it have the following ports 4 x USB 2.0, eSATA, IEEE1394(Firewire), Audio, and a Mic, but it also has a couple huge buttons. One of these buttons is the monster sized power button. However the coolest feature is the huge knob in the middle. This is your built in fan controller to allow the owner the ability to tune their system fans to their liking.
Tool less 5.25" drive bays is all the rage anymore. The CM Storm Sniper is no exception to this with an easy to use push button drive bay removal. This is a great system, and as an added bonus Cooler Master also allows you to still use screws here for a little added security.
From the top view down reveals the openings for handles. The handles allow for easier transportation of the CM Storm Sniper and the vents help to promote better cooling. The handle is constructed from plastic and features a rib design with thick steel mesh for added strength.
Removing the top panel reveals the real carrying handles and an all black steel case. The handles are made of steel and are riveted to the case frame. As many of us know LAN Party systems are not very light so it’s important to make sure your case handles are secure and strong.
Adequate cooling is very important for any case and instead of a window the CM Storm Sniper features a steel mesh side panel and built in dust filter to help keep your system clean. This mesh area bulges out from the side of the case to allow room for all kinds of different fan setups.
On the inside of the door you will find several holes in various locations to install stuff like fans. A creative person might even try to mount a radiator here. The fan mounting points range from a single 200mm fan or 2 x 120mm fans.
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