Portable monster PC: Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper review

Carrying a hardcore gaming rig from LAN to LAN is not for the faint-hearted and we have seen entire PCI-E ports ripped from the motherboard thanks to an accidental drop. A rig with a built-in carry handle is the mark of a dedicated gamer willing to travel but these are relegated to mid-size cases.

That was until what must be the buffest Cooler Master boffin ever decided to integrate a carry handle into their latest full size case the Trooper. This monster weighs in at 14.4kg empty and with a full water-cooled build could easily tip the scales at over 30kg. Fortunately the handle is rated up to 43kg and the entire case has a rubberised coating to stave off bumps and scratches. Keep in mind carrying this case is no walk in the park but the handle does make it significantly easier than a normal full tower case. It’s also a convenient attachment point if you want to get it airlifted in or need to fashion an impromptu boat anchor.

Inside you get oodles of room to work mounting options for motherboards up to the rarely seen XL-ATX size copious cable management options and up to 14 HDDs in funky rotatable bays. Cooling is catered for with five fans though you can add more if need be or install a water cooling radiator in the front or top. The Trooper comes with a full complement of removable dust filters as well as a secret hidden storage area inside the case. The front panel has dual USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports audio I/O eSATA LED and fan speed controls plus a 2.5in hot swap bay.

The Trooper is easily found for slightly less than the RRP making it an excellent buy for any LAN enthusiast.

Available from Cooler Master retailing for $189.
APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)